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Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses

The Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses will next be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8:15am-4:20pm 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 continuing nursing education activity is approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation to award 6.5 contact hours..

No partial credit will be awarded
In order to receive contact hours, attendees must sign in and stay for the entire program.

Breakout Sessions - Participants will choose three sessions to attend

1. 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

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

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. 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

5. 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

6. Common Dilemmas and Solutions in Diabetes
Causes of poor glycemic control 
- Falsification of blood glucose data
- Insulin omission 
- Diabetes burnout (medical perspective)
- Family stressors
Problem solving 
Parental concerns
Staff needs and concerns
Roles of non-medical school personnel

Diabetes Education Programs 2019

SPRING: Saturday, March 30, 2019

FALL: Saturday, October 5, 2019


Joslin Diabetes Center
1 Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215

Registrations for SPRING, FALL

For all inquiries regarding registration, Email: or Call: 617-309-4530 

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


Page last updated: October 16, 2019