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Munson Medical Center Health Care Educator in Cadillac, Michigan

Licensure: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed or eligible for licensure in the State of Michigan.

Certification: Certification as Diabetes Educator (CDE) from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) preferred

Education: -Bachelor's degree in Nursing, or related field preferred.

-Comprehensive knowledge of nursing practice and theory required -Knowledge of adult and child learning theories and current concepts of patient education desired -Will obtain CDE as soon as certification requirements are met -Demonstrates ability in using the computer with Windows format preferred.

Experience: -Minimum 2 years nursing experience in an acute care setting required

-Previous 1-year experience in diabetes education desired. -Experience in learning needs assessment and program planning, development, implementation and evaluation desired. -Expresses enthusiasm for implementing and promoting patient education as an integral part of nursing practice.

ORGANIZATION:

Reports to the Manager of Diabetes Education

Receives directions from the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator.

Has constant working contact with outpatients, hospital staff, managers, and general public.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  • Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare.

  • Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.

  • Promotes personal and patient safety.

  • Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.

  • Due to travel needs of the position a current driver's license is required.

  • Applies the principals of the nursing process to diabetes education

  • Assess the learning/emotional needs of outpatients with diabetes and their families

  • Communicates learning/emotional needs to appropriate health care professionals and physician.

  • Plans appropriate diabetes education utilizing a multidisciplinary approach

  • Establishes with the patient/family specific goals to meet learning needs.

  • Implements teaching interventions with patient/family

  • Documents and evaluates teaching and patient/family response to diabetes education

  • Revises teaching plan as needed

  • Provides follow-up after discharge with outpatients and communicates relevant information to Healthcare Provider.

  • Acts as a resource professional on diabetes and its management to community members, hospital personnel, health care professionals and nursing students.

  • Collaborates with hospital personnel to develop diabetes education programs.

  • Establishes and maintains a current diabetes reference library.

  • Networks with local, state and national diabetes organizations.

  • Complies with continuing education requirements mandated by MDHHS & AADE for Outpatient Diabetes Education Program certification/ accreditation.

  • Acquires and maintains current knowledge and competency in nursing practice and complies with Michigan re-licensure requirements.

  • Acquires and shares knowledge of new research on diabetes education and management.

  • Participates in appropriate hospital committees.

  • Makes decisions and acts on behalf of patients in an ethical manner. Maintains confidentiality of patient information.

Performs other duties as requested

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