223278 "Colorado Kids with Diabetes" Website

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Kathleen Patrick, RN, MA, NCSN , School Health Services, Colorado Department of Education, Denver, CO
Background Colorado's children with diabetes are scattered among 178 school districts and 1778 school buildings. Formation of a state pediatric coalition led to the creation of documents and resources posted on a website for use by school nurses, families and healthcare providers thus creating a standardized approach to diabetes management in schools.

Purpose Easy access of standardized documents and resources by school nurses, families and healthcare providers improves consistency of care students with diabetes receive in the school setting. Evaluation of website utilization provides direction for future programming.

Significance It is important for families of students with diabetes to be able to move between school districts confident in a seamless approach to care. Providing online tools and resources is a critical step in ensuring a standardized approach to care.

Methodology Web statistical software describes the utilization of the site and identifies the location of the user of the site by county, state and country.

Findings/Results Findings that describe website utilization and implications for future statewide programming will be discussed.

Conclusions/Recommendations School nursing practice covers a broad array of acute and chronic health conditions. Diabetes is one disease whose management is highly individualized with skills and knowledge that are rapidly changing. It is important for school nurses, families and healthcare providers to have readily available tools to support the student with diabetes in the school setting.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Identify three groups who would benefit from utilizing the Colorado diabetes website.

Keywords: Diabetes, School Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Principal consultant, school health services, Colorado Dept. of Education 2006 to present. Leadership within the Colorado Diabetes State Task Force, 2005 to prseent. Coordinator of the Colorado Diabetes Resrouce Nurse Program, 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.