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Caring for Clients with Diabetes

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

The Nursing Assistant will likely care for clients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes during the course of a career. When the client’s blood glucose is not controlled, serious short-term and long-term complications are possible. In order to maintain normal blood sugar levels and avoid complications, diabetic clients must follow a special diet, watch their weight, and try and stay active. For some diabetic clients, oral or injectable medications are required to maintain normal blood glucose levels, and those diagnosed with Type I diabetes must take daily injections of insulin.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Type I and Type II Diabetes
  • Glucose And Insulin
  • Causes Of Type I and Type II Diabetes
  • Diagnosis Of Diabetes
  • Medications For Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia And Hyperglycemia
  • Basic Care Of The Diabetic Client
  • Meals, Nutrition, And Hydration
  • Monitoring For Complications Of Diabetes

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of insulin deficiencies in diabetes.
  • Understand the difference between Type I and Type II diabetes.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of high blood sugar in a Type II diabetic.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar.
  • Identify two types of medications that can be used to control diabetes.
  • Identify important aspects of caring for a person with diabetes.


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