Nursing care for hospitalized patients with diabetes has become more complex as evidence accumulates that inpatient glycemic control improves outcomes. Previous studies have highlighted challenges for educators in providing inpatient diabetes education to nurses. In this article, the authors show that a unit-based diabetes nurse expert team model, developed and led by a diabetes clinical nurse specialist, effectively increased nurses’ confidence and expertise in inpatient diabetes care. Adapting this model in other institutions may be a cost-effective way to improve inpatient diabetes care and safety as well as promote professional growth of staff nurses.
The authors show that a unit-based diabetes nurse expert team (DNET) model, developed and led by a diabetes clinical nurse specialist, effectively increased nurses’ condence and expertise in inpatient diabetes care.
Dawn E. Corl, MN, RN, CDE, is Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
Sean McCliment, MHA, is Medical Clinic Manager at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Olympia, Washington.
Rachel E. Thompson, MD, FHM, is Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine at University of Washington and Director of Medicine Operative Consult Clinic at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
Louise D. Suhr, MN, ARNP, is Glycemic Team Nurse Practitioner, Patient Care Services-Endocrinology, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
Brent E. Wisse, MD, is Director of the Inpatient Glycemic Team at Harborview Medical Center and Associate Professor in Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Dawn E. Corl, MN, RN, CDE, Clinical Education, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave., UW Box 359733, Seattle, WA 98104-2499 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).