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Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses

The Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses will next be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8:15am-4:30pm at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA.

This one-day program, designed by the Pediatric staff at Joslin Diabetes Center, will provide school nurses with up-to-date diabetes information in order to create a safe learning environment for students with diabetes. 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

Contact Hours -
This activity has been submitted to the American Nurses Association Massachusetts approval to award contact hours. The American Nurses Association Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. -- This education activity is approved for 6.5 Contact Hours. --

Breakout Sessions - Participants will choose three sessions to attend

1. Two Perspectives: Q&A with a Diabetes Educator & a Parent of a Child with Diabetes
Parental concerns
Staff needs and concerns
Roles of non-medical school personnel

2. Food at School: School Lunches, Parties, & Special Treats
Portion sizes
Carbohydrate counting challenge
School lunches: “brown bag”, school lunch
Parties and special events: food, planning, diabetes management

3. Insulin Pumps, Meters & Other Technologies 
Advantages and disadvantages
Goals of pump therapy
Types of insulin pumps
Calculating insulin doses
School nurse responsibilities 
Note: Does not offer hands-on practice with pumps

4. School Planning 101: Diabetes Management Plans, 504s and IEPs
Goals of school plans
Types of plans: DMMP, 504, IEP
Student examples

5. Beyond Medical Management: Psychosocial Challenges in Youth with Diabetes
Challenges for youth with diabetes: diabetes burnout, peer issues, school issues
Strategies for dealing with challenges
Case studies

6. Common Dilemmas and Solutions in Diabetes Management 
Causes of poor glycemic control: falsification of blood glucose data, insulin omission, diabetes burnout, family stressors 
Problem-solving: family support, adult supervision

Next Diabetes Education Program

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Joslin Diabetes Center
One Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215

Contact Information:

For all inquiries regarding registration, contact:

Albert Whitaker, MA
Director, Mission Delivery
American Diabetes Association New England

For inquiries regarding content, location, or general information, contact:

Akiko Dufoe, Administrative Coordinator
Joslin Diabetes Center
617-309-4530 or


Click here to download the program brochure and registration form.

To register, please fill out the attached registration form of the program brochure and mail the form along with payment to:

American Diabetes Association
ATTN: School Nurse Program
10 Speen Street 2nd Floor
Framingham, MA 01701

If you would like to sign up to receive information about future programs for school nurses, click here.

Page last updated: May 25, 2016