About Course #N2001
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
20 Contact hours | 5.4 Pharmacology hours 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.
About the Author
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.
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