Keeping Healthy at Work

Keeping Healthy at Work

Similar to many professionals, the majority of our work here at Diabetes Education Services, is done sitting down at a desk. Anne and I decided to take action to keep healthy and stay energized. We wanted to share some of our activities with you and hear how you like to keep healthy in your workplace.

1. We compete for miles.  We both have FitBits so we track our daily steps. Plus, we share a LifeSpan Treadmill Desk, which helps us work and walk at the same time. Each of us take 2 hour turns walking and working at a clip of 2.5 miles per hour. We also walk while talking on the phone.

Anne Carter, Director of Operations on the left, me on the right on the Treadmill Desk.

2. We drink gallons of spa water. We doctor it up by adding mint, lemons, berries, watermelon and whatever else is in season. It’s a fun and refreshing way to keep hydrated through out the day.

3. We lift weights at 2pm. We noticed we were getting sluggish in the afternoon and our creativity slumps. To beat this brain drain, we do strengthening exercises with four pound weights and upbeat music. We chose seven exercises from this Free Weights Exercise Handout. At first, we were slow to fully commit, but now, it’s just a part of our daily routine.

4. We are committed to sleep.
With our FitBits, we track our nightly sleep hours, including deep sleep, time awake, REM and light sleep. Sleep decreases stress hormones, promotes creativity and gives us stamina. We can sometimes be heard bragging about getting 8 plus hours of sleep and the benefits of a great pillow!

5. We share healthy snacks. We decided to skip baked goods and junk food in the office (except the occasional black licorice and chocolate covered almond). Instead, we munch on fresh fruit, nuts, goat cheese medallions and kombucha with chia seeds.

6. Most importantly, we cheer each other on! When we get a good night’s sleep, walk a little extra or complete a difficult project, we compliment each other on a job well done. If one of us doesn’t feel like lifting those weights, the other one just starts and pretty soon, we are back on track.

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Over the past 18 years, we have helped thousands of students prepare and succeed at the CDE® Exam. Our team of experts, led by CDE® Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDE, BC-ADM, have determined ten actions that are vital to success. 

Please view our printable 10 Steps to Succeed Checklist here

1. Gather Diabetes Self-Management and Education (DSME) practice hours: Once you have your professional license for 2 years and have acquired 1000 hours of Diabetes Self-Management experience, you may be ready to sign up to take the CDE® Exam.  Staring in 2016, you can register to take the exam anytime of the year.

• National Certification Board for Diabetes Education (NCBDE) and or download the Handbook of qualifications to Become a CDE®. Qualifications and testing detail can be found on this site.

• Watch FREE Preparing for CDE® Exam Webinar – Join us live or listen to the recorded version on-demand. Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDE® Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test taking tips!

2. Review CDE® Exam Outline –  This 2 page document details the content of the exam. Use this tool to rate your knowledge in each of the content areas. Based on your practice test results and this self-assessment, your next step is to create a study plan. Make sure to prioritize your time studying those topics that are least familiar to you early on, to allow plenty of time to assimilate new ideas and concepts.

3. Take practice tests – to get prepared for success, you need to exercise your test taking muscle. Take as many tests as possible to increase your comfort, confidence and exam readiness.

• AADE Review Guide – This is a must have for anyone taking the CDE® Exam. Contains 400 practice test questions and rationales.

• Preparing for CDE® Webinar – this online class provides users a one hour summary of preparations strategies and includes a 100 question computerized exam to simulate exam day.

4. Make sure you have solid knowledge of the Standards of Care –  as a diabetes educator, you need to be familiar with the national goals of care and position statements. These are important not only for the exam, but for your own clinical practice.  As diabetes specialists, we want to provide evidence based care that is up-to-date and timely. Based on student feedback and the exam outline, here are the top 4 articles to start reviewing. We have also added our one-page cheat sheet on diabetes screening and diagnosis.

 Standards Article Reading List:

• ADA-Standards of Care PDF 2016- This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidenced based, it includes a useful summary of the trials and research that the goals are based on. A must read if you are entering the diabetes field or preparing to take the CDE® or BC-ADM Exam.

 • AACE Comprehensive Diabetes Management Algorithm 2016. A slide set summary of the ACE/AACE Statement by an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Consensus Panel on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  We encourage all those planning to take CDE® exam to review this info carefully.

• AACE – Clinical Practice Guidelines for Developing a Diabetes Mellitus Comprehensive Care Plan – 2016 A detailed care plan for people with diabetes, published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology.

• Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes – 2015 Update – A Patient Centered Approach.  This hyperglycemia road map was developed in collaboration by the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Published in Diabetes Care, Jan 2015.

• Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2016 – One page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status and diagnostic criteria for diabetes.

5. Fill in knowledge gaps  – Once you have identified areas where you want to focus your study time, seek out resources to increase your knowledge: The CDE® Exam includes content on providing education and self-management training to people with diabetes across their lifetime; this includes kids, women, pregnancy and older adults. It also includes questions on acute illness, hospitalization and insulin pump therapy. The largest test section includes intervention questions. This area focuses on medications, insulin and pattern management, nutrition therapy and exercise.

Depending on your learning style, there are 3 approaches you can utilize:

Diabetes Educator Course – Want a live summary of the key content in a beautiful setting? – Attend our 3 day course in San Diego in the Fall or Carmel in Spring.  Save $50 if you sign up now.

Diabetes Ed University Online Courses – We recommend starting with our Level 1 Fundamentals, then completing Level 2 which focuses on special populations, further review of insulin and medications, hospitalization and more.  When you are ready to take the exam, join our Level 3 CDE® Boot Camp.

Get all 3 Online Levels and save BIG!  All you need to fill in knowledge gaps from fundamentals. Allow 3 months to a year to complete these 30 + courses.

Art and Science Desk Reference Book – Purchase the 800 page + Art and Science Reference Book for self-study. Focus on those areas you have identified as needing most review during your self assessment.

6.  Be familiar with diabetes medications, insulin and medications to treat hypertension and lipids.

Diabetes Medication and Insulin PocketCards – Print these cards or order your free copies from us. Be familiar with which drugs belong to which class, dosing ranges, main action, considerations and side effects.

Blood Pressure and Lipid Medications – Print these “cheat sheets” and be familiar with main action, classes of medication and potential side effects.

AADE White Paper on Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Therapy – This paper outlines the topics that should be covered by diabetes educators when teaching patients and families or significant others about insulin pump therapy.

Join our Online Classes to enjoy a painless exploration into medication, insulin and pattern management. 

7.  Download our FREE CDE® Coach App– this “Coach in your Pocket” provides students with easy access to Insulin and Medication PocketCards, free webinars, and critical articles.

8.  Understand the philosophy of the exam – read the following 2 articles to gain insights into the philosophical underpinnings of the test.

The Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice, and Standards of Professional Performance for Diabetes Educators (2011). Chicago, Il: American Association of Diabetes Educators – a must read for anyone entering the field of diabetes or as a reference for those already in the field.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support 2015 – A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

9.  Complete the 15 hour CE requirement –  After meeting the discipline requirement, applicants must complete a minimum of 15 clock hours of continuing education activities applicable to diabetes within the two (2) years prior to applying for certification. Since all of our program are accredited by the CDR, our online and live courses fulfill the CE requirements.

Diabetes Educator Course – Want a live summary of the key content in a beautiful setting? – Attend our 3 day course in San Diego in the Fall or Carmel in Spring.  Save $50 if you sign up now.

Diabetes Ed University Online Courses – We recommend starting with our Level 1 Fundamentals, then completing Level 2 which focuses on special populations, further review of insulin and medications, hospitalization and more.  When you are ready to take the exam, join our Level 3 CDE® Boot Camp.

Get all 3 Online Levels and save BIG!  All you need to fill in knowledge gaps from fundamentals. Allow 3 months to a year to complete these 30 + courses.

10. Test Day – Set yourself up for Success. Arrive early, Get a good nights sleep. Eat a healthy breakfast. Visualize yourself feeling confident and prepared.

• Look at each answer as either true or false. Eliminate false answers and choose BEST answer.  Don’t get lured in by juicy answers.

• Focus on NATIONAL standards – leave your clinic goals behind

• Don’t read into the question or answers – sift through vignettes to find relevant information. Choose the best answer based on the information provided in the vignette.

• Move, stand and breathe during the exam.

Watch FREE Preparing for CDE® Exam Webinar – Join us live or listen to the recorded version on-demand. Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDE® Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test taking tips!

We know how tough it is to prepare for this exam. We are happy to share strategies for success with you! Please know that we are here to help you on your journey every step of the way. Our mission is to provide you with easy access to resources, live courses and online classes all designed to help you become a Certified Diabetes Educator®.


*Certified Diabetes Educator® and CDE® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”

To satisfy requirements for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org).
 

Diabetes Education Services is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration which is on the NCBDE List of Recognized Continuing Education Providers. DES has no relationship with National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). CDE® is a trademark of NCBDE. NCBDE does not approve continuing education.  

 

 

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