Nursing: Pharmacological Management: Type 1 Diabetes in Children

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About the Course

Diabetes is becoming more common in the pediatric population and nurses, as well as other health care professionals, have a responsibility to understand the key components of diabetes management in children and teens. Managing type 1 diabetes means that the nurse provides not only direct patient care, but also education for patients and families to safely manage diabetes at home and away from the medical environment. The nurse should be familiar not only with the ways in which to treat diabetes at home, but also with the warning signs and reasons for bringing the child or teen to the hospital for immediate emergency care. The education and surveillance for complications include consideration of insulin, insulin administration, glucose monitoring, and nutrition. Occasionally the child or teen may also be on additional adjunctive medication in addition to insulin. This course covers the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, screenings, complications, and management of type 1 diabetes in the pediatric population.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes.
  • Describe the symptoms, risk factors, screenings, and complications of type 1 diabetes in children and teens.
  • Identify the goals of management of type 1 diabetes in the pediatric population.
  • Describe differences between insulin types and methods of administration.
  • Apply concepts of insulin pharmacology and delivery in patient education with an intent to improve child, teen, and parent understanding of management and problem-solving of diabetes to achieve target glycemic goals.
  • Describe the importance of illness and exercise and their effect on diabetes management.
  • Describe the symptoms and treatment for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia in children and teens.
  • Explain the importance of patient and family education regarding the management of type 1 diabetes.
  • Identify family and clinicians with community and online support resources.

About the Author:
Angela Hasler, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Angela Hasler, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, graduated with her MSN from Yale University. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner working in adolescent medicine at a large urban hospital system in Washington, D.C. She specializes in issues unique to adolescents, as well as school-based health and caring for children with complex medical needs. She has experience caring for children with diabetes through her primary care work and in her work as a nurse for children with medical complexity in an outpatient setting. 

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