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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 20 Contact Hours
Author(s): Cindy K. Lybarger, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE
Peer Reviewer(s): Carie A. Braun, PhD, RN
Item#: N2001
Contents: 1 Course Book (278 pages)
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Diabetes in Children, 3rd Edition

Price $64.95
Item # N2001
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Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Diabetes mellitus is a complex, chronic metabolic disease that is becoming increasingly common. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing in incidence in pediatric populations. There are excellent guidelines for the care of children with type 1 diabetes, but few research-based guidelines exist that are specific to the care of children with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, few interventions for type 2 diabetes in youth have been successful, making prevention of obesity by lifestyle interventions even more crucial.
The purpose of this course is to assist nurses in a variety of settings to understand the complex metabolic, developmental, emotional, and social implications for a child with diabetes and the family. Understanding the unique considerations for this population will assist the nurse to provide supportive and flexible care. Nurses in schools, clinics, primary care offices, and hospitals need to be knowledgeable caregivers and educators for these families to enhance diabetes care and provide much needed emotional support. The ongoing epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes in youth affords an opportunity for nurses to be involved in community-wide efforts to influence risk factors, promote lifestyle changes, and potentially prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the pathophysiology of diabetes in children.
  • Summarize best practices for providing support to families with a child who has diabetes.
  • Review principles of teaching, learning, and behavioral change, including the application of cultural considerations, to help children with management of their diabetes.
  • Discuss current medications that are used to manage diabetes in children, including their mechanisms of action and indications and guidelines for use.
  • Describe strategies for helping children with diabetes achieve the goals of medical nutrition therapy.
  • Describe blood glucose monitoring strategies for children and teens to help them achieve their glycemic targets.
  • Review the physiologic effects and health benefits of exercise in children and teens with diabetes.
  • Identify strategies for children with type 1 and 2 diabetes and their families to prevent and manage the major complications associated with diabetes.
  • Describe the principles of insulin pump therapy for children with diabetes.
  • Describe medical and legal guidelines involved in caring for children with diabetes in school and daycare settings.
  • Describe strategies to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in the pediatric population.
  • Describe treatment modalities for children with diabetes, including their possible risks and benefits.

Cindy K. Lybarger, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE, has been a pediatric nurse for more than 30 years.

She began her nursing career in pediatric critical care and has worked as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist; she is a certified family nurse practitioner and diabetes educator currently working full-time in pediatric diabetes education and management. Ms. Lybarger is also the coordinator for the American Diabetes Association‒recognized diabetes education program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and actively precepts nurse practitioner students. She has also served as a diabetes camp nurse for several years and is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the American Diabetes Association.

Carie A. Braun, PhD, RN, has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years. She began her career in public health nursing and practiced as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Braun is currently a professor of nursing at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University where she teaches pediatrics, public health nursing, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. She has published in the areas of pathophysiology, pediatric nursing, and alternative therapies.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.