Professional Credit Award

This module aims to provide nurses working in a variety of clinical settings with up-to-date, relevant knowledge to support their care of patients with diabetes or pre existing diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition which has major impact on the lives of individuals and their families. It is now a significant health care problem in all developed countries including Ireland. At present there are an estimated 200,000 people with diabetes in Ireland and it is projected that there will be a major increase in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the coming decade resulting from obesity and physical inactivity. The HSE is planning to re-orient service delivery from hospital to primary care and health promotion’ (Health Service Executive, 2005). As has been demonstrated by numerous studies, individuals with diabetes benefit greatly from good control of blood sugars which requires education in self-management and structured care from inter-professional healthcare teams. The module will examine the following areas: pathophysiology and classification of diabetes, diagnosis of diabetes, holistic care of the patient with diabetes, management of complications of diabetes, practice management structures to support the delivery of high-quality diabetic care. The module is delivered as a distance learning module on Blackboard. It involves 10 lessons which will take approximately 2 hours each to complete. Students will also attend a two day workshop which includes foot care, nutrition, blood glucose monitoring and brief interventions.

Please note that that this module is for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses.  Places are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Dr. Eva Flynn if you are interest in this module - Apply here.

For further details contact:

Dr. Eva Flynn

Discipline of General Practice

NUI Galway