Diabetes in Children, 4th Edition - N26586

About the Course:
Diabetes mellitus, both type 1 and type 2, is a complex, chronic metabolic disease that is becoming increasingly common in children. Nurses are increasingly functioning within an interprofessional team to provide chronic disease management in the chronic care model to improve outcomes in youth with diabetes. This course presents the complex metabolic, developmental, emotional, and social implications for a child with diabetes and the family. The course discusses the unique considerations for this population to help the nurse provide supportive and flexible care. Also critically important is the nurse’s role in providing education to the parents or caregivers, as well as education appropriate to the child’s developmental level. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Review the primary care practices for the prevention and early recognition of diabetes in children.
  • Describe the treatment and complications of acute hyperglycemia.
  • Describe the pharmacologic management and treatment goals for children with diabetes.
  • Describe the application of teaching, learning, and the adherence of diabetes self-management.
  • Explain the various medical nutrition therapies for children with diabetes.
  • Describe the major health benefits of physical activity for individuals with diabetes.
  • Discuss the patterns and management of using glucose data to achieve glycemic targets.
  • Recognize the patterns and use management strategies to manage hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia.
  • Discuss the four major types of diabetic complications as well as the modifiable risk factors for each.
  • Discuss the scope and implementation of using insulin pumps in pediatric diabetes.
  • Describe the major medical and legal guidelines involved in caring for children with diabetes in school and daycare settings.

About the Author:
Cindy K. Lybarger, APRN, CDE, Cindy has been a pediatric nurse for over 30 years and a nurse practitioner for over 20 years. She began her career as a pediatric critical care nurse and has worked as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist and is currently in full-time practice as a family nurse practitioner, diabetes educator, and diabetes program coordinator in the Children’s Diabetes Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She holds a faculty appointment in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. She participates in an annual conference for school nurses and presents annually at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to pediatric nurse practitioner students about managing diabetes in children. She actively precepts nurse practitioner students.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print, which requires a 20-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions that are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED. The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If an incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided. These questions help to affirm what the student has learned from the course.
  • Depending on state requirements, the student will then be asked to complete either of the following:
    • An affirmation that the student has completed the educational activity
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70% is required; test questions link content to learning objectives as a method of enhancing individualized learning and material retention)
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print the Certificate of Completion.


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