Establishing a Standard for Pediatric Inpatient Diabetes Education

Habich, Michele
March 2006
Pediatric Nursing;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p113
Academic Journal
Education is a critical component of diabetes treatment and is crucial to achieve self-management outcomes in the pediatric patient. The education plan for new onset diabetes in a hospital setting must be goal oriented, consistent, and structured. Balancing the education needs, psychosocial response to diagnosis, family social support, and developmental needs of the child is often difficult considering hospital resource utilization and shortened length of stay (Leyden, Caravalho, & Saylor, 2000). Through analysis of current literature and current diabetes education processes within the hospital, a standard was developed that supports patient and family education from the moment of admission. The staff nurse is now the primary patient and family educator; therefore, educational opportunities are no longer compromised by off-shifts, weekends, and holidays, potentially increasing the length of stay.


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