Diabetes is a life threatening metabolic disease that causes an individuals body to have difficulty producing insulin or responding to the insulin that is produced.
Without proper treatment and medical care a patient who is suffering from diabetes could experience a severe decline in their health or possible death.
A diabetes nurse is a nurse who works with patients that are either suffering from diabetes or are at risk of becoming diabetic.
Diabetes nurses monitor patient blood sugar levels, keep track of their patients medical history and diet, educate patients on the importance of proper nutrition, rest and exercise, teach diabetic individuals on ways to prevent dangerous insulin spikes/drops and communicates with doctors, physicians, practitioners and other healthcare providers in order to ensure that the patient receives proper medical care among other nursing duties.
In addition to providing patients with medical care and advice diabetes nurses also push to advocate better diabetes awareness and healthier lifestyle habits for the communities they serve.
Some diabetes nurses may even choose to move on and become nurse educators where they teach other nurses and students about the field of diabetes and proper nursing practice.
Those who work as diabetes nurses treat a wide range of age groups from kids and young adults to middle age and elderly individuals, and may be seen operating in a variety of settings including doctor and physician offices, diabetes treatment facilities, pharmaceutical companies, diabetes research centers and in various education/academic fields.
Because the field of diabetes and understanding of this life threatening disease is constantly growing diabetes nurses are continually educating themselves and staying on top of the latest trends in order to provide patients and healthcare providers with the best information and resources available for treating diabetes.
Without diabetes nurses the growth of educational knowledge regarding the treatment of diabetes and the individuals suffering from this disease would slow significantly leading to less quality patient care, difficulty in staying up to date with the latest diabetic technology and higher medical costs due to less accurate treatment plans.
Therefore the role that diabetes nurses play in educating patients and healthcare professionals about this disease is instrumental to the healthcare of patients and their contributions to the healthcare of diabetic patients cannot be overstated.
Their contribution to the healthcare field allows diabetic patients to lead happy, healthy, normal lives.