The National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework

 

It is critical that the nursing workforce is equipped to provide high-quality care for people living with diabetes. A comprehensive education review found that on average, Bachelor of Nursing students were exposed to only four hours of diabetes content throughout their degree.

The National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework was developed to contribute to increasing workforce capacity, including benchmarking expected diabetes-related knowledge and skills of graduate nurses. The aim of this new framework is to guide the development of a skilled nursing workforce that can provide a high standard of diabetes care.

The National Diabetes Services Scheme funded the Australian Diabetes Educators Association to develop the framework and related online modules. Credentialled Diabetes Educators and other expert diabetes nurses led the development of this framework, and many other nurses helped by giving feedback and sharing their ideas.

The framework has three parts.

The framework is for all nurses, and it covers all types of diabetes across different ages and stages of life.

An online learning package complements the framework and helps nurses gain the foundation-level knowledge identified in part three of the framework.

To support those wishing to implement the framework, there is an implementation guide, information sheets for people with diabetes and nurses as well as a podcast.

Access the framework and supporting resources here: ndss.com.au/about-diabetes/resources/find-a-resource/national-diabetes-nursing-education-framework/

Access the learning modules here: healthprofessionals.learnupon.com.

Listen to the ADEA Podcast to learn more here: soundcloud.com/adeapodcast/nursing-framework-podcast/s-P3wDrBFzwrJ

The National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework

 

It is critical that the nursing workforce is equipped to provide high-quality care for people living with diabetes. A comprehensive education review found that on average, Bachelor of Nursing students were exposed to only four hours of diabetes content throughout their degree.

The National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework was developed to contribute to increasing workforce capacity, including benchmarking expected diabetes-related knowledge and skills of graduate nurses. The aim of this new framework is to guide the development of a skilled nursing workforce that can provide a high standard of diabetes care.

The National Diabetes Services Scheme funded the Australian Diabetes Educators Association to develop the framework and related online modules. Credentialled Diabetes Educators and other expert diabetes nurses led the development of this framework, and many other nurses helped by giving feedback and sharing their ideas.

The framework has three parts.

  • Part One describes four nursing practice levels in diabetes care: foundation, proficient, specialist and expert. There is also a pathway for nurses who want to build their competence and specialisation in diabetes.
  • Part Two outlines diabetes care and management competencies at each nursing practice level.
  • Part Three contains knowledge and skill statements listed under different aspects of diabetes care. Developing their knowledge and skills will help nurses to achieve the competencies listed in Part Two.

The framework is for all nurses, and it covers all types of diabetes across different ages and stages of life.

An online learning package complements the framework and helps nurses gain the foundation-level knowledge identified in part three of the framework.

To support those wishing to implement the framework, there is an implementation guide, information sheets for people with diabetes and nurses as well as a podcast.

Access the framework and supporting resources here: ndss.com.au/about-diabetes/resources/find-a-resource/national-diabetes-nursing-education-framework/

Access the learning modules here: healthprofessionals.learnupon.com.

Listen to the ADEA Podcast to learn more here: soundcloud.com/adeapodcast/nursing-framework-podcast/s-P3wDrBFzwrJ