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Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses

The Diabetes Education Program for School Nurses will next be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:15am-4:30pm at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA.

This one-day program, designed by the Pediatric staff at Joslin Diabetes Center, will provide school nurses with up-to-date diabetes information in order to create a safe learning environment for students with diabetes. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the etiology and pathophysiology of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth
  • Identify current treatment plans and tools utilized in the management of diabetes in children and adolescents and apply them to the school setting
  • Review the role food and nutrition play in the management of diabetes
  • Describe factors influencing, and methods to maintain, blood glucose control during exercise and physical activity for youth with diabetes

Contact Hours -
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANA MASS), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This education activity is approved for 6.5 Contact Hours

No partial credit will be awarded
In order to receive contact hours, attendees must sign in and stay for the entire program.

Breakout Sessions - Participants will choose three sessions to attend

1. Two Perspectives: Q&A with a Diabetes Educator & a Parent of a Child with Diabetes
Parental concerns
Staff needs and concerns
Roles of non-medical school personnel

2. Food at School: School Lunches, Parties, & Special Treats
Portion sizes
Carbohydrate counting challenge
School lunches: “brown bag”, school lunch
Parties and special events: food, planning, diabetes management

3. Insulin Pumps, Meters & Other Technologies 
Advantages and disadvantages
Goals of pump therapy
Types of insulin pumps
Calculating insulin doses
School nurse responsibilities 
Note: Does not offer hands-on practice with pumps

4. School Planning 101: Diabetes Management Plans, 504s and IEPs
Goals of school plans
Types of plans: DMMP, 504, IEP
Student examples

5. Beyond Medical Management: Psychosocial Challenges in Youth with Diabetes
Challenges for youth with diabetes: diabetes burnout, peer issues, school issues
Strategies for dealing with challenges
Case studies

6. Common Dilemmas and Solutions in Diabetes Management 
Causes of poor glycemic control: falsification of blood glucose data, insulin omission, diabetes burnout, family stressors 
Problem-solving: family support, adult supervision

Next Diabetes Education Program

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Joslin Diabetes Center
1 Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215


Click here to download the program brochure and registration form.

To register, please fill out a form of the program brochure and mail along with payment to:

Akiko Dufoe
Joslin Diabetes Center Room 3621 Joslin Place
Boston MA

For all inquiries regarding registration, contact:

Akiko Dufoe, Administrative Coordinator 
617-309-4530 or


If you would like to sign up to receive information about future programs for school nurses, click here.

Page last updated: April 25, 2017