Edward-Elmhurst Health Diabetes Educator in Naperville, Illinois
Edward-Elmhurst Health includes three hospitals — Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, and Linden Oaks Behavioral Health — and an extensive ambulatory care network that provides comprehensive healthcare to residents of the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago. Edward-Elmhurst Health provides comprehensive healthcare at more than 60 locations in the suburbs of Chicago. Our success has always been — and always will be — driven by our most talented, reliable, compassionate and skilled people, who genuinely believe in delivering top quality care to our patients and their families. At Edward-Elmhurst Health, you will also experience a vibrant culture and an atmosphere of nurturing support and leadership.
Be DRIVEN to join our over 8,000 employees, 1,700 staff physicians and 1,800 volunteers who want to provide safe, seamless and personalized care every day for our patients, our families and our communities.
The Diabetes Educator assesses patient learning needs and provides education and motivation for patients who have or are at risk of developing diabetes. Educates patients with diabetes about the disease and disease management, including medications, diet, exercise, screening, and strategies for avoiding complications. Facilitates skill development and behavior modification so that the patient is able to successfully manage his or her disease.
This is a full time position working 80 hours per pay period. Hours will be varied Monday through Friday and rotating Saturdays.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (The following duties and responsibilities are all essential job functions, as defined by the ADA, except those that begin with the word "May.")
- Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served. This includes knowledge of the physical and psychological needs of patients served and the ability to respond appropriately to those needs.
1.1 Assesses patient’s condition based upon observation and/or interview of patient, physician’s diagnosis, laboratory results and any other pertinent information.
1.2 Develops and implements a plan of care based on assessment diabetes self-management needs to patients and family members. Utilizes relevant data and appropriate methods for estimating nutritional requirements and provides effective therapy for all age groups. Updates this plan of care as needed based on changes in the patient’s medical condition.
1.3 Develops or identifies and utilizes appropriate professional materials required in the performance of primary duties.
1.4 Provides instruction on insulin and administration of insulin through subcutaneous injection utilizing appropriate educational materials.
1.5 Provides instruction on programming insulin pumps and pattern management utilizing appropriate educational materials. Provides instruction on glucose sensors.
Counsels patients and/or families on the prescribed therapy in an individualized manner, utilizing appropriate education materials.
Develops or identifies and utilizes appropriate professional materials required in the performance of primary duties.
Actively participates in hospital and department quality improvement activities.
Contributes to the diabetes educational training of professional staff, colleagues, support staff, students and community when required.
Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals and other literature and attending related education meetings, programs, conferences, and seminars, completes independent continuing education (CEs) necessary to remain current in the field as a professional in specialty of diabetes.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Education and/or Experience Required:
Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition or related field if dietitian OR
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing if registered nurse
Education and/or Experience Preferred:
A Master’s Degree and/or a minimum of one year of previous hospital experience as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nurse
A minimum of two years of previous experience in education in the specialty of diabetes
Clinical research and/or program development experience
License and/or Certification Required:
Registered Dietitian (RD) with current State of Illinois license as a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) OR
Current State of Illinois Registered Nurse license
Current CPR certification issued by either American Heart Association or Red Cross
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) required within two years of start date.
- Licnse and/or Certification Preferred
Certified Diabetes Educator strongly preferred
Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred
Benefits offered by Edward-Elmhurst Health include:
Medical, dental, and vision
Paid time off
Fitness center membership
Plus many other Employee Perks