SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium diabetes nurse case managers Lisa Schwartz of the Haines Health Center and Julie Sturtevant of the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock recently earned Certified Diabetes Educator credentials. The CDE credentials are from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
Certified Diabetes Educators are health care professionals from a variety of specialties who teach people with diabetes how to manage their disease. To earn the CDE credential, the health care professional must currently be employed in the field of diabetes self-management education and have a minimum of two years and 1,000 hours of work experience in the field before taking the credentialing examination (at least 400 hours of experience must come in the year prior to the application). Applicants also need to earn at least 15 credit hours of continuing education in the two years prior to applying. The CDE credential is valid for five years before it must be renewed.
Schwartz and Sturtevant passed the credentialing examination when they were in Anchorage to attend a diabetes conference in early December. They join registered nurse Jennifer Henderson of S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka as SEARHC diabetes nurse case managers who hold the CDE credentials.