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Diabetes Update

About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for registered and enrolled nurses who are caring for patients with diabetes in any health setting. 

Key Learning Outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • Consolidate knowledge of diagnosis and pathophysiology of different types of Diabetes; and implications for management
  • Identify the risk factors for diabetes, commons signs and symptoms and diagnostic criteria
  • Increase understanding of general nutritional and physical activity guidelines for health
  • Increase understanding of cycle of care for diabetes management including pathology
  • Identify the long term risks/complications  of diabetes – micro + macrovascular, neurological
  • Identify and manage the short term complications of diabetes – hyper + hypoglycemia
  • Review and promote safe use of oral and injectable medications
  • Review and consolidate skills and knowledge of blood glucose monitoring and target ranges
  • Consolidate  knowledge and support care of patient with diabetes pre, peri and post operatively




Cheryl Nankivell

Cheryl Nankivell is a Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes now working with Diabetes NSW and ACT.  She has been involved in delivering diabetes care and support to the Illawarra and Shoalhaven communities for approximately the last 15 years; and now more widely across NSW metropolitan and regional areas.  Cheryl is experienced in providing clinical support to children and adults living with Type 1, Type 2 and caring for women with gestational diabetes.  She is also a certified insulin pump trainer.  Cheryl’s role also includes providing education and support for other health professionals; employees, employers, schools and students and mentoring other diabetes educators and allied health professionals.

8:20amWelcome and registration

Overview of Diabetes

  • Pathophysiology and diagnostic criteria
  • Risk factors and classification
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Overview of general recommendations for diabetes screening, general treatment & self-management    
  • General nutrition and dietary recommendations + guidelines for people living with diabetes
  • General physical activity recommendations and guidelines for people living with diabetes
10:15amMorning Tea

Cycle of Care

  • Pathology – HbA1c/lipids/renal function/BP/ECG/foot & optical screening

Diabetes Complications

  • Macrovascular, microvascular & neuropathic complications
  • Acute complications

Pharmacology in Diabetes

  • Overview of oral medications and non-insulin injectables
  • Overview of actions, side effects, indications and contraindications of medications
  • Insulin types and administration regimens
  • Current practice and recommended guidelines for insulin administration

Blood Glucose Monitoring

  • Targets, timing, monitoring regimens
  • Risk management and problem solving with blood glucose monitoring
  • Hands on session with various meters

 Management of highs and lows

  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hyperglycaemia

Care of the surgical patient with diabetes

4:00pmEvaluation and Close


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