Level 2 | Standards of Care Intensive | 20+ CEs

Our Level 2 Intensive Series is designed to engage students in deciphering and exploring the ADA Standards of Care from top to bottom. Mastery of this content is critical to ensure certification exam success and to improve clinical outcomes.

These 13 courses are handpicked by Coach Beverly to inform your clinical practice and increase the breadth of knowledge across the lifespan and care continuum.

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Diabetes Specialist Online Standards of Care Intensive Webinar 2022 Topics – Recorded & Ready for On-Demand Viewing!

Level 2 Intensive | Earn 20+ CEs for $199:  Purchase Level 2 Courses

Course Expiration: You will have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date. After your year’s registration expires, you can buy an extension for another year by clicking here.

Intended Audience: This library of critical information is designed for individual or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in staying up to date on current practices of care for people with diabetes and preparing for Certification Exams.

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator and a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.’

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Assessing Coping Skills Standards | 1.5 CEs

This presentation will include the latest information on Social Determinants of health, assessment strategies, and approaches. We will explore the psychosocial issues that can discourage individuals from adopting healthier behaviors and provides strategies to identify and overcome these barriers. Life studies are used to apply theory to real-life situations. A great course for anyone in the field of diabetes education or for those looking for a new perspective on assessment and coping strategies.

Course Objectives:

  1. State strategies to assess and address social determinants of health
  2. Discuss health care delivery systems using a person-centered approach
  3. List screening tools that can help detect depression, trauma, and cognitive decline
  4. Describe psycho-social and emotional barriers to diabetes self-management
  5. Provide strategies for healthcare professionals to identify and overcome barriers to self-care.

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Standards | 1.5 CEs

This course takes a close look at insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications. We discuss the impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes. Included is a discussion of identifying and preventing vascular disease and a comprehensive review of the latest ADA Standards of Care for heart disease.

Course Objectives:

  1. The impact of insulin resistance and hyperglycemia on vessel disease
  2. State the complications and factors associated with vascular disease
  3. List management goals to reduce the risk of vascular disease
  4. Discuss strategies to promote health

Critical Assessment – Fine-Tuning your Diabetes Detective Skills Standards | 2.0 CEs

This course integrates the ADA Standard of Care on elements of a comprehensive medical assessment (Standard 4) of the individual living with prediabetes, diabetes, or hyperglycemia. Through case studies and real-life situations, we discover often hidden causes of hyperglycemia and other complications, such as liver disease, sleep apnea, pancreatitis, autoimmune diseases, fractures, and more. We delve into therapy for complicated situations and discuss management strategies for other conditions associated with hyperglycemia such as Cystic Fibrosis, and Transplants. Join us for this unique and interesting approach to assessing and evaluating the hidden complications of diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify common yet often underdiagnosed complications associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  2. State strategies to identify previously undiscovered diabetes complications during assessments.
  3. Discuss links between hyperglycemia and other conditions including, transplant, cystic fibrosis and liver disease.

From Tots to Teens – Diabetes Standards | 1.5 CEs

This course includes updated goals and guidelines for children living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. This course discusses the special issues diabetes educators need to be aware of when working with children with diabetes and their families.  We discuss the clinical presentation of diabetes, goals of care, and normal growth and development through the early years through adolescence. Strategies to prevent acute and long term complications are included with an emphasis on positive coping for family and child with diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the goals of care for Type 1 and Type 2 Kids with Diabetes
  2. State Strategies to prevent acute and chronic complications
  3. Discuss the importance of positive psychosocial adjustment and resources

Hospital and Hyperglycemia Standards | 1.5 CEs

Research clearly demonstrates the importance of glucose control during hospitalization to improve outcomes not only in the inpatient setting but after discharge.  This course reviews the evidence that supports inpatient glucose control and outlines practical strategies to achieve targets in the inpatient setting.  We incorporate the latest ADA Standards and provide links to resources and inpatient management templates.

Course Objectives:

  1. The impact of hyperglycemia in the hospital setting
  2. The importance of inpatient glucose control
  3. Three strategies to get glucose to goal in the hospital setting

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Hyperglycemic Crises, DKA & HHS Standards | 1.0 CE 

This course discusses common causes of hyperglycemia crises. Topics include hyperglycemia secondary to medications and insulin deprivation. The difference and similarities between Diabetes Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Syndrome are also covered. Treatment strategies for all situations are included.

Course Objectives:

  1. Common causes of hyperglycemic crises.
  2. The difference and similarities between DKA and HHS and treatment strategies
  3. Causes and treatment of hyperglycemic crises.

Lower Extremity Assessment Standards | 1.5 CEs

People with diabetes are at increased risk of Lower Extremity Complications. This course reviews the steps involved in performing a detailed assessment of the lower extremities, including how to use a monofilament and tuning fork to detect neuropathy. We also discuss the significance of Ankle Brachial Index and strategies to prevent lower extremity complications.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the risk factors for lower extremity complications
  2. Discuss prevention strategies
  3. Demonstrate steps involved in a lower extremity assessment

Meds Management Update for Type 2 Standards | 1.5 CEs

Coach Beverly will highlight the key elements of the latest Medication Guidelines by AACE and ADA. We will explore clinical factors to consider when determining the best strategy to improve glucose management in people with type 2 diabetes and other co-conditions. There will be a special focus on cardiovascular risk reduction and renal protection.

Course Objectives:

1. Describe the role of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists in stopping clinical inertia

2. Discuss using the latest ADA and AACE Guidelines to determine the best therapeutic approach.

3. Using the ADA and AACE Guidelines, describe strategies to initiate and adjust injectable therapy.

Microvascular Complications Eye, Kidney Nerve Disease Standards | 1.5 CEs

This course provides you with the need-to-know information regarding the microvascular complications of diabetes. We start with a brief overview of the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations then sum up with prevention strategies and screening guidelines. This straightforward program will provide you with information you can use in your clinical setting and also provides critical content for the diabetes educator exam.        

Course Objectives:

  1. Eye, kidney and nerve disease
  2. Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for diabetes complications
  3. Screening guidelines and prevention strategies.

Older Adults and Diabetes Standards | 1.5 CEs

We are living longer and more people are getting diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has updated the Older Adults Standards, with special attention to considering reduction of medication and insulin therapy intensity. The older population has unique issues and special needs that require consideration as we provide diabetes self-management education. This online course highlights key areas of assessment, intervention, and advocacy for older clients living with diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Self-management considerations for older individuals
  2. Strategies to prevent complications and maintain optimal quality of life
  3. The role of the Diabetes Educator as advocate

Pregnancy and Diabetes Standards | 1.5 CEs

Pregnancy with diabetes is confronted with a variety of issues that require special attention, education, and understanding. This course reviews those special needs while focusing on Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Existing Diabetes. Included are the most recent diagnostic criteria, management goals, and prevention of complications during pregnancy. A helpful review for the CDCES Exam and for those who want more information on people who are pregnant and live with Diabetes.

Course Objectives:

  1. Three issues that affect pregnancy with diabetes
  2. The unique attributes of pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy and gestational diabetes
  3. Diagnostic criteria and management goals for gestational diabetes
  4. Potential short term and long term complications of fetal exposure to hypoglycemia
  5. Prevention measures to keep mother and baby healthy

Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program Standards | 1.5 CEs

This course provides you with a succinct overview of the latest standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Support Programs. If you are taking certification exams or considering setting up a DSME program, this program is designed for you. We highlight the newly revised and simplified 2022 Standards and provide strategies on program implementation. In addition, we discuss Medicare Reimbursement and covered benefits. This course provides insights into the exam philosophy and also highlights critical content areas.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe DSME program examples from across the country.
  2. List the six standards for creating a successful DSME program
  3. Discuss marketing strategies for success
  4. Describe Medicare Reimbursement for diabetes care and education

ADA Standards of Care | 2.0 CEs

This course is an essential review for anyone in the field of diabetes. Join Coach Beverly as she summarizes the 2022 updates to the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and provide critical teaching points and content for health care professionals involved in diabetes care and education.

Course Objectives:

  1. A review of changes and updates to the 2022 ADA Standards of Medical Care
  2. Identification of key elements of the position statement
  3. Discussion of how diabetes specialists can apply this information in their clinical setting

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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.