The Nurse 's Role On Diabetes Self Management And Patient Education

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Diabetes afflicts more than 25.8 million people within the United States, or 8.3% of the population and is rising each year (Klein, 2013). From my personal experience, I see many patients newly diagnosed or hospitalized due to complications from diabetes. With diabetes on the rise in the US population, management, and patient education is something that needs to be more prevalent. Through better patient education and teaching, a number of hospitalizations in regards to diabetic side effects can be prevented, or at the least reduced. The following is a research paper discussing the nurse’s role in relations to diabetes self-management and patient education.
According to International Journal of Nurses Studies, diabetes is one of the most common non-communicable long-term diseases in the world linked to high mortality, morbidity, loss of quality of life, and high social and economic costs (Wilkinson, 2014). Nurses often lack sufficient knowledge about diabetes and diabetes self-management. Through continuing education on evidence-based practices and research, nurses will be more influential with their care and be able to address their patients’ needs more accurately (Yacoub, 2015).
Understanding how nurses can best mitigate the detrimental side effects of diabetes, nurses need to be knowledgeable about the disease process, potential side effects of the disease, along with the training and education that needs to be provided to the patient. In addition, nurses need to work…

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