GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: This position provides education and support to people affected by diabetes as a member of the Diabetes Education Team and in collaboration with the Endocrinology and Primary Care Departments toward the goal of optimized patient health outcomes in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the organization.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list may not include all of the responsibilities assigned.)
Demonstrate familiarity with pathophysiology, epidemiology and clinical practice as it relates to diabetes.
Provide diabetes education, support and care in a culturally-competent manner across the lifespan and in accordance with the Diabetes Self-Management Education guidelines.
Assess status of patients with diabetes with regard to medical diagnosis and history, cultural and religious beliefs, emotional barriers, motivation to learn, physical or cognitive limitations, barriers to communication and current knowledge of diabetes.
Determine and coordinate follow-up care as needed.
Promptly complete all documentation to include notes as required for the electronic health record and DSME/DSMS.
Applies current principles of teaching and learning and/or behavior change to facilitate self-management skills.
Provide education in both group and individual format.
Work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary diabetes care team to tailor interventions to individual self-management education needs.
Apply principles of program management and leadership to the diabetes self-management education team.
Participate in and lend leadership to outreach and population management projects related to Diabetes.
Develop curriculum and education materials for use in DSME/DSMS as needed.
Participate in health awareness and health promotion events as needed.
Adhere to all policies and procedures as well as applicable laws and regulations.
Maintain certification and license requirements and submit required evidence of certification/licensure as needed.
Participate in professional development activities and maintain professional affiliations.
Participate in departmental staff meetings, working to increase teamwork and quality.
Participate in quality improvement, clinic safety, infection control and hazardous materials programs and activities.
Provide highest level of customer service in all interactions with patients, staff and providers.
Adhere to HIPAA regulations, exercise discretion and maintain high level of confidentiality.
Perform related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS: Knowledge of all types of Diabetes and appropriate treatment of each. Understanding of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support as well as methods of educating and counseling towards health behavior change. Able to facilitate groups, provide leadership and serve as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team. Ability to communicate well with patients, staff, providers and others. Able to make discrete observations and be able to receive and interpret pertinent details when interacting with patients. Able to adapt to varied age-specific and/or specialized groups. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures. Knowledge of clinical policies, procedures, practices and medical terminology. Must have knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish/maintain a safe work environment. Able to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations and be prepared for occasional stress from workload. Able to read, write and communicate effectively in English. Ability to organize and prioritize work. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to reason and make sound judgments. Skill in identifying problems and recommending solutions. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Ability to accept constructive criticism and give suggestions in a professional manner.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND LICENSURE:
Bachelor Degree in a health or education related field
Must have a valid license in the State of California as a Registered Nurse or Registered Dietitian
Certified Diabetes Educator or working toward obtaining this certificate.
Current CPR certification/Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required or dually certified in both AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support and AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support at time of hire.
2 years patient care experience providing Diabetes Education in a health care setting.
Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish preferred.
Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.
Additional Salary Information: Work Life Balance!
Internal Number: 1735
About Sansum Clinic
Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 150 affiliated physicians and 1,000 employees, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at our 25+ patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria