Nurses' Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management, Second Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, Dec 19, 2011 - Medical - 328 pages

This is an optimistic and empowering approach to the daunting task of teaching diabetes patients to care for themselves. Written by a highly respected diabetes educator who has suffered with diabetes for 25 years, the guide provides the clinical and personal expertise that will help nurses and other health professionals to successfully teach diabetes self-management and compliance to adults, children, adolescents, and parents.

The book contains a vast reservoir of information ranging from a thorough overview of diabetes and the physical and emotional toll of living with the disease to number of teaching and motivating strategies that health care professionals can use to create individualized approaches to teaching self-management skills. The guide provides up-to-date information on drug therapies, nutrition management, exercise, chronic complications, glycemic control, diabetes in children, adolescents, and adults, diabetes in adults with special needs or mental illness, and diabetes noncompliance. Addressing the most important and current topics necessary for successful self-regulation and maintenance of diabetes, this innovative desk reference provides a quick guide and instructional tool for nurses and other health professionals who interact with diabetics.

This new edition provides:

  • Clinical guidance and expertise to successfully teach diabetes self-management to adults, adolescents, and children
  • The clinical expertise of a leading diabetes educator and the hard-earned personal wisdom of an author who has suffered with diabetes for 25 years
  • A new chapter on chronic complications that describes a multitude of helpful new treatments
  • A greatly expanded section on nutrition and exercise
  • Thoroughly updated chapters
  • A "must read" chapter on noncompliance, including why this occurs and how to prevent it


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Part I The Diabetes Conundrum
Part II Diabetes SelfManagement
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Resources

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About the author (2011)

Rita Girouard Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE has been a registered nurse for 45 years with a Master of Science degree. She has taught nursing in a variety of programs and retired after 21 years from teaching an associate degree nursing program in which she also taught nutrition. She is a clinical nurse specialist and is certified in maternity-newborn nursing. She also is a certified childbirth educator and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. Rita also has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years and has used an insulin pump for 15 years. She currently volunteers at CrossOver Ministries clinic, where she teaches classes and conducts one-on-one sessions on weight management and diabetes management for clients with minimal ability to pay for services. During the 1980s and 90s, Rita led a support group for people with diabetes who were using insulin under the auspices of the American Diabetes Association, Richmond (VA) chapter, has also served on the American Diabetes Association board of directors and received the ADA's, Virginia Affiliate "Diabetes Educator of the Year" award. Diabetes of the Year, 1989. She has previously authored three books, Teaching Nursing in an Associate Degree Program (2003) and The Nurses' Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management, first edition (2007) both published by Springer Publishing Company and What Nurses Know...Diabetes (2011) published by Demos Medical Publishing.

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