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RN or RD Diabetes Educator

Company: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Location: Lawrence
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Established in 1980, the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc. (GLFHC) is a multi-site, mission-driven, non-profit organization employing over 600 staff whose primary focus is providing the highest quality patient care to a culturally diverse population throughout the Merrimack Valley. Nationally recognized as a leader in community medicine (family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, and geriatrics), GLFHC has clinical sites in Lawrence, Methuen, and Haverhill and is the sponsoring organization for the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency program.

GLFHC is currently seeking a RN or RD Diabetes Educator that participates directly in patient care through education for health promotion and disease prevention and assists patients manage and understand chronic illness. Utilizes skills, knowledge, and the nursing process to ensure patient understanding and to facilitate patient compliance and optimal patient health provided to GLFHC clients and their families.

Job Responsibilities and Performance Standards:

  • Provides individualized diabetes self-management education/training to individuals and groups according to the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program standards and scope of practice.
    • Assist patients with the development of short and long term goals, engaging and motivating patients to reach optimal health.
      • Assesses patient's barriers to care and learning.
        • Provides diabetes self-management education in the context of the patient's cultural, socio-economic, psychosocial and health literacy needs.
          • Assesses patient's level of diabetes control and consults with health care team to improve health care indicators and patient's quality of life.
            • Participates in patient centered medical home, coordination of care and quality improvement efforts.
              • Assessment: Assess and documents physical and psycho-social problems of individuals and their families.
                • Identifies need for client/family teaching and or/referrals.
                  • Participates in a multi-disciplinary approach directed toward client's needs and care. Consults with other health care providers (i.e. social workers, MD, nutritionist, N.P., etc.) when appropriate.
                    • Implementation: Implements care based on assessment data, approved protocols, sound knowledge base and knowledge of available referral network, as evidenced by documentation on client's records.
                      • Evaluation: Evaluates care provided and client's response to recommended course of treatment.
                        • Conducts classes in order to educate groups of clients in issues relevant to health care needs of specifically designated populations as GLFHC.
                          • Obtains 15 CEUs per calendar year in diabetes-related topics.
                            • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of teaching/learning, growth and development over the life span, and family dynamics.
                              • On a regular basis participate in ongoing quality improvement activities related to individual, team, and organizational performance improvement.
                                • Travel between sites may be required.
                                  Experience
                                  • Registered Nurse or Registered Dietitian-MA license
                                  • Experience working with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes, Insulin Pump and continuous glucose monitor use preferred.
                                  • CDE preferred or pursuing certification process within 2-3years of hire.
                                  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
                                  • Current BLS certification

                                    GLFHC offers a great working environment, comprehensive benefit package, growth opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

Keywords: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence , RN or RD Diabetes Educator, Healthcare , Lawrence, Massachusetts

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