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Diabetes Continuing Education: Equipping Nurse Practitioners to Help Improve the Health of Patients at High COVID-19 Risk

A female NP treats a female patient for diabetes

Diabetes is an evolving, complex disease that can involve a number of treatment options, and nurse practitioners (NPs) are integral members of a patient’s diabetes health care team.

Together, we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic abroad and here at home. For NPs on the front lines, understanding how the disease impacts patients is of paramount importance — especially for those patients who are at higher risk of contracting severe illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes may put people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. While COVID-19 research is ongoing and guidelines continue to be developed, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) does provide a number of continuing education (CE) activities — available free for members — to help NPs continue to care for their patients with diabetes, now and in the future.

NP CE: Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Patient self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) has historically been limited because it measures glucose at a single point in time and does not indicate pending hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Now, with continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), devices indicate whether there is a pattern of rising or falling glucose, and patients can use the real-time data to make decisions to manage their diabetes.

However, despite the rapid evolution of CGM and the increasing amount of data available to patients and clinicians, the adoption of CGM has been relatively modest. In Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A Comprehensive Review for the Nurse Practitioner, you will learn to navigate the CGM environment to make the best, evidence-based treatment recommendations for your patients, including comparing and contrasting available CGM systems, identifying core metrics to assess CGM data and outlining their applicability in patients.

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NP CE: Diabetes Patient Case Study

If you were unable to attend the AANP Live: 2019 Diabetes Virtual Conference, now is your chance! All six conference modules have been added to the AANP CE Center and are available for purchase by members and nonmembers alike — plus, AANP members receive an exclusive discounted price!

In the first module, you are introduced to a patient with diabetes, and in subsequent modules, you’ll follow her transition through an expanded care team as she seeks comprehensive health care for her multisystem, chronic disease. Watch in-depth educational videos from diabetes experts, including primary care, emergency, endocrinology, cardiovascular and obesity specialists, so you can lead your patients in making informed choices.

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Find Additional Endocrine CE

AANP members receive free, 24/7 access to the AANP CE Center, which provides hundreds of CE activities designed to help NPs achieve professional growth and excellence in clinical practice. In addition to the two activities above, the CE Center includes these additional diabetes- and endocrine-related activities:

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