The Role of the Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN)

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disease associated with increased morbidity and mortality which is growing increasingly in all ages and in all countries. This acknowledgement constitutes a challenge for healthcare professionals both at the prevention and treatment level. Education as a valuable tool in the treatment of DM has as ultimate goal the maintenance of euglycemia, prevention of complications, adoption of healthy behaviors, improvement of self-esteem and treatment adherence. The role of Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN) has been recognized globally and is constantly and rapidly developing, following the standards and guidelines of international organizations. The European Nurses Foundation for Diabetes (FEND) and the involvement of nurses in various companies and organizations regarding DM, promote and strengthen the role of DSN. The DSN, as a member of the interdisciplinary group for the education of people with DM, significantly contributes to the improvement of their quality of lives by providing patient centered care. For this purpose, DSN should be well trained, take part in research studies, know the legislation about the rights of people with DM, apply innovations to improve their health care, and promotes team spirit by developing coherence within the multidisciplinary diabetes group.

Category: Volume 56, N 1
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Created Date: 15-03-2017
Authors: Evgenia Vlachou