School Nurse with type one boy testing blood sugar.

Train with the Best

At Joslin Diabetes we offer two classes for school nurses, the Diabetes Education Program and the Pump Education Program. Both classes are designed to train school nurses in the management of diabetes - so they're fully prepared at work. This year both programs will be offered virtually.

School-age children spend nearly half of their waking hours in school. If they have diabetes, they need support in school to ensure their safety. 

That’s why it’s so important for school nurses to be up-to-date with current treatment plans for diabetes and the type of issues that affect school-age children. In addition, all students with diabetes must have a written, individualized Diabetes Health Care Plan that meets the requirements of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

With this plan, it is necessary for school nurses to understand some of the issues children with diabetes face, including monitoring glucose, dealing with hypoglycemia, the role of food and activity, field trip preparation, and more.

Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses

Saturday, March 26, 2022
8:00 AM – 3:50 PM

This program will be Virtual-live. The recorded program will not be available.

$135.00 per person

This one-day program is offered designed by the pediatric staff at Joslin Diabetes Center provides school nurses with up-to-date diabetes information in order to create a safe learning environment.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the etiology and pathophysiology of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth.
  • Identify current treatment plans and tools utilized in the management of diabetes in children and adolescents and apply them to the school setting.
  • Review the role food and nutrition play in the management of diabetes.
  • Describe factors influencing and methods to maintain blood glucose control during exercise and physical activity for youth with diabetes.

Program Schedule



8:00-8:15 AM

Etiology & Pathophysiology of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

8:15-9:15 AM

Integrating Diabetes Management Plans into the School Day

9:15-10:15 AM


10:15-10:30 AM

Managing Exercise During the School Day

10:30-11:00 AM

Healthy Nutrition and Carbohydrate Counting: What You Need to Know!

11:00-12:00 PM


12:00-12:30 PM

Beyond Medical Management:

Psychosocial Challenges in Youth with Diabetes

12:30-1:30 PM

Common Dilemmas and Solutions in Diabetes Management

1:30-2:30 PM


2:30-2:35 PM

Insulin Pumps, Meters, & Other Technologies

2:35-3:35 PM

Q&A, Closure

3:35-3:50 PM


1. Etiology & Pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes

  • Incident rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children
  • Imbalance in dietary intake and energy expenditure leading to childhood obesity
  • Interaction of genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures leading to type 1 diabetes
  • Diagnosis
  • Signs and symptoms goals of therapy

2. Integrating Diabetes Management Plans into the School Day

  • Insulin and insulin regiments
  • Delivery systems
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Treatment of blood glucose ketone testing

3. Healthy Nutrition and Carbohydrate Counting: What You Need to Know!

  • Goals of nutrition therapy
  • Healthy heart eating
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Label reading

4. Managing Exercise during the School Day

  • Effect of aerobic and anaerobic exercise on blood glucose
  • Changes in insulin sensitivity related to the time of day and previous exercise
  • Increasing carbohydrate vs. decreasing insulin
  • Situations when is it safe to exercise

5. Beyond Medical Management: Psychosocial Challenges in Youth with Diabetes

  • Describe challenges for youth with diabetes
  • Strategies for dealing with challenges
  • Diabetes burnout
  • School issues
  • Peer issues
  • Case studies

6. Common Dilemmas and Solutions in Diabetes Management

  • Causes of poor glycemic control
  • Falsification of blood glucose data
  • Insulin omission
  • Adult supervision
  • Family stressors
  • Problem-solving
  • Family support
  • Diabetes burnout (medical perspective)

7. Insulin Pumps, Meters, & Other Technologies

  • Who’s pumping
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Goals of pump therapy
  • Types of insulin pumps
  • Calculating insulin doses

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS) an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 6.75 Contact Hours will be provided by completing this entire program.

For more information regarding contact hours, please email Pediatric Education: SNP-CC [at] (SNP-CC[at]joslin[dot]harvard[dot]edu).

Registration is $135.00 per person

  • Price includes CEU certificate and program materials.
  • Full payment is required upon registration.
  • Registration must be completed by Wednesday, March 23.
  • Cancellation before Wednesday, March 23 is available for refund after the $25 processing fee.
  • No refund will be made for cancellation after Wednesday, March 23 and no-show.
  • Registration after Wednesday, March 23 is $140. No refund is available.

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Questions about the program? Contact the program coordinator by SNP-CC [at] (email) or call 617-309-4530.