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Diabetes Nurse

A Diabetes Nurse looks after patients with diabetes, a disease that stops the body from producing or absorbing enough insulin.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
Your role will include sharing information between patients, families and doctors, so your ability to communicate effectively will be key.
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What you’ll do


You’ll teach patients and their families on how to best control symptoms through nutrition, exercise and lifestyle.


You’ll help patients monitor their blood sugar and minimize nerve damage.

Where you’ll work
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Patient’s homes
  • Pharmacies
How to become a Diabetes Nurse


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining at least 500 hours’ experience in Diabetes Nursing.


Get your Advanced Diabetes Management Certification from the American Association of Diabetes Educators.


You’re ready to work as a Diabetes Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Diabetes Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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