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Diabetes Nurse Educator, Taddle Creek Diabetes Education Program, Taddle Creek Family Health Team

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

Position Summary    

Taddle Creek Diabetes Education Program (TC DEP) is a part of Taddle Creek Family Health Team and is funded by the Ministry of Health. TC DEP serves both family health team patients and the community. Our goal is to provide people living with diabetes, or at risk of developing diabetes and their families, the knowledge and skills needed to self-manage.

As a member of the TC DEP the Diabetes Nurse Educator (DNE) provides clinical care and education to people living with and at risk of developing diabetes and their families. The DNE participates in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the diabetes education program.

The DNE has a sound knowledge base regarding the prevention, care and management of diabetes and practices within an interdisciplinary model. The DNE will utilize self-management principles and practice patient-centered care.  The DNE will act as an expert in the areas of diabetes medications, insulin initiation and titration, and complication prevention. The DNE is responsible for providing individual counseling and facilitating group education classes. It is important that the DNE works collaboratively with the TC DEP as well as with patients and their families.

All performance and conduct of duties shall be carried out in accordance with TC FHT policies/procedures, professional practice standards and required legislation (e.g. Nursing Act, Regulated Health Professions Act).  

Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Care

  • Practices in accordance with a patient self-management model to assist people living with diabetes to achieve their optimum level of health and quality of life.
  • Partners with patients and their families to enable them to design and manage their own individualized diabetes protocols/plans (e.g. establishes goals with patients)
  • Collaborates directly with DEP clinicians to form comprehensive care plans with the patient.
  • Maintains open communication and works closely with FHT and community primary care provider (PCP) on patient care issues.
  • Provides blood glucose monitoring training and pattern management guidance to patients.
  • Provides insulin teaching and titration as prescribed by PCP.
  • Suggests medication adjustments to achieve optimal glycemic control and recognizes inappropriate medication orders.
  • Assesses wound/foot care status and makes outside referrals for appropriate care.
  • Assesses patient educational needs by identifying physical, social and or emotional needs that may influence the education process and the long-term outcomes.
  • Evaluates patient comprehension and progress of their care plan by reviewing clinical and learning outcomes.
  • Accurately and professionally completes documentation in a timely manor using the DEP Custom Form in EMR.
  • Recommends appropriate follow up and provides community resources for patients to access.
  • Networks with primary care RNs to create partnerships and receive support within the diabetes education community.

Education/Group Counseling

  • Plans, implements and evaluates patient and clinician group education.
  • Facilitates various group education classes for patients and clinicians.
  • Assists patients/FHT health professionals to use diabetic resources.  
  • Prepares written diabetes educational pieces (for FHT newsletter or bulletin board/displays).
  • Maintains own academic qualifications and participates in self-directed learning to ensure his/her practice remains relevant (by attending professional conferences, e-learning and journal reviews).  

Skills, Knowledge Requirements

  • Ability to work in an inter-professional/collaborative care team environment.
  • Ability to mentor clinicians, and students within your scope of practice.
  • Strong clinical skills in diabetes self-management education.
  • Excellent organizational skills (e.g flexible, good time mgt)
  • Communication skills (ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, clinicians and community partners)
  • Independent thinking/working skills
  • Program planning and evaluation knowledge
  • Emergency interventions, chronic disease management, health promotion, early intervention and screening knowledge
  • Adult education knowledge
  • Strong group facilitation skills

Equipment/Computer Skills

  • Familiarity with a Mac operating system environment
  • Willingness to learn electronic medical record keeping/scheduling
  • Computer, printer, scanner, fax, photocopier, telephone, AV equipment (video projection), and a variety of teaching aids
  • Various diagnostic and medical equipment

Language Skills

  • English required; French not required but would be an asset
  • Ability to communicate in another language an asset

Education and Specific Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required
  • Certificate of Competence and current membership with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) required
  • Current membership in professional associations: Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) required
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) required (or willingness to obtain)
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification required
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification will be considered an asset
  • Personal Professional Liability insurance required.

Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of clinical experience as a RN, preferably in community-based health care
  • Minimum 1 years of health care teaching experience
  • Minimum 1 year experience applying advanced diabetes knowledge, physical assessment skills, diagnostic intervention and self-care management
  • Program planning/evaluation experience (demonstrated ability to plan/implement/evaluate)
  • Experience,
    • Providing specialized knowledge through the process of consultation at the patient, program, organization and external agency level
    • Designing, implementing and evaluating policy and best practice guidelines pertaining to diabetes management
    • Developing strategies to improve patient adherence and to improve chronic disease self-management outcomes
    • Leading and facilitating the development of basic and advanced education programs
    • With insulin education, glucose pattern management and insulin pump therapy
    • With insulin injection devices, variety of home blood glucose monitoring devices

Reporting Structure

The Diabetes Nurse Educator reports to the DEP Coordinator for day-to-day operations of the DEP. The FHT Executive Director and Diabetes lead physician will provide professional guidance and support as needed.

Job Specification

Position at 790 Bay Street Suite 306, Toronto, Ontario, services provided to multiple TC FHT offices and to patients outside of TC FHT offices.

Hours of Work
Hours of work 40 hours per week.  Some evening or weekend hours will apply.

One Year Temporary Full-Time Employee (Maternity Leave) July 11, 2011 to August 17, 2012 with potential for permanent full-time status.



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