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Education for registered nurses in family medicine practice about type 2 diabetes

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

Another virtual training session for registered nurses took place on 12th of March 2021.

The World Diabetes Day slogan "Nurses create change" is coming true. At Community Health Centre Ljubljana (CHCL) registered nurses (RN) that work in family medicine practice use their knowledge, skills, right approaches and empathy to guide people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) through their journey of life. They advise and support these people to manage their disease independently, to acquire additional knowledge, to ask questions and to help them to prevent the occurrence of chronic complications. By participating in the professional meeting, they have deepened their knowledge.

The main topics of the professional meeting "People with Diabetes Part Two" were diabetes and keeping a person with T2D in a family medicine practice, workshops for people with T2D in health education centres, and lay consultants in CHCL and their role.

The training was intended for RN in family medicine practices in the CHCL. The response to the event was very good. The training was attended by 25 RN, members of the SCUBY project, lecturers and the organizing committee. Some RN have worked in Covid clinics, testing and vaccination, and will later attend lectures.

The participants of the training praised the event and said that we came even closer to them with this topic than in the first training.

Before and after the training, we asked RN to complete a knowledge questionnaire to compare their knowledge before and after the training. Nineteen (19) RN completed the questionnaire both before and after the professional training so that we could compare their knowledge. The majority (13) solved the questionnaires better after the training and a few (4) had the same results.

The analysis of the knowledge evaluation showed that RN need additional knowledge about the area of verbal communication with the patient, long-term glycemic control of the patient, target glycemic hemoglobin (HbA1c) in the elderly and target higher HbA1c in the age groups. They answered correctly all the questions about empathic professional attitude in communication, non-pharmacological treatment of diabetic patients, the occurrence of sugar in the urine, nutrition, and method of its preparation. Participants will hereafter consider the role of the lay consultant. They will motivate patients to choose to engage in lay consultant education.

Please find the lectures below.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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