219460 Diabetes Resource Nurse in Schools The Colorado Model

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Kathleen Patrick, RN, MA, NCSN , School Health Services, Colorado Department of Education, Denver, CO
Background Maintaining current knowledge and skills is critical for the school nurse to ensure effective diabetes management for students at school. The Diabetes Resource Nurse (DRN) Program in Colorado positions nurse consultants with expertise in diabetes, staff development and problem solving throughout the state to support the practicing school nurse.

Purpose Advances in diabetes care continually change diabetes management. When a child with diabetes presents in the school nurse caseload, clinical skill and knowledge update is often needed. Consulting with a DRN results in enhanced competence of the school nurse and enhanced confidence of the parent.

Significance The DRN plays a key role in ensuring safe and effective diabetes management at school by supporting school nursing practice. School nurse competence is enhanced, family concerns are reduced, and the student is poised for academic success.

Methodology Evaluation of the Colorado DRN Program, in partnership with the National Association of School Nurses, has been multifaceted. Evaluation data has been collected from the DRN, the school nurse receiving consultation, and DRN trainings.

Findings/Results Evaluation findings will be presented, describing the DRN Program in Colorado.

Conclusions/Recommendations School nursing practice covers a broad array of acute and chronic health conditions in the schools. Diabetes is one disease whose management is highly individualized with skills and knowledge that are rapidly changing. The consultative role of the DRN improves diabetes management at school and holds promise for other areas of disease management at school.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe three key components of the Colorado Diabetes Resource Nurse Program.

Keywords: Diabetes, Nurses

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: 2006 to present: Principal Consultant,School Health Services, Colorado Department of Education. 1994 to 2006 Jefferson County School District, Area Nurse Consultant. Coordinator of Diabetes Resource Nurse Program: Train and organize specially trained school nurses who consult with school nurses and school districts on the care and management of the student with diabetes, 2006 to present.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.