Nursing: Diabetes Mellitus: A Life-Changing Disease

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About this Course

Learning Outcome 
The purpose of this education program is to increase the nurse’s ability to provide care for patients with diabetes mellitus. In addition to learning about the impact of diabetes, its incidence, and its prevalence, the learner will be able to differentiate among the various types of diabetes, discuss its pathophysiology, and describe the diagnostic process and treatments.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of diabetes mellitus.
  • Explain the financial and societal impact of diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the pancreas.
  • Differentiate among the different types of diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss the pathologies of the different types of diabetes mellitus.
  • Explain the screening guidelines for diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify risk factors for the development of diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe the presenting clinical manifestations of diabetes mellitus.
  • Explain the process of diagnosing diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe strategies for the management of diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify the potential complications of diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe nursing interventions when caring for persons with diabetes mellitus.

About the Author

Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and published health care education author. She is the owner of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business devoted to helping nurses maintain competency and enhance their professional growth and development. Dr. Avillion earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS from Penn State University, along with a BSN from Bloomsburg University. She has served in various nursing roles over her career in both leadership roles and as a bedside clinical nurse. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. 

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