CDEs – A Guiding Hand
Hello Everyone! My name is Nancy Bristow and I am a Registered Nurse (RN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). I currently work in a private practice endocrinology clinic where I work with people with diabetes on a daily basis. I work with four wonderful Endocrinologists in our busy practice group and have been a CDE for 18 years and worked in the field of diabetes for over 25 years.
I have a family history of diabetes – I lost a grandfather with Type 2 diabetes and one of my children weighed almost 9 pounds at birth. I work closely with all types of patients with diabetes and enjoy working with adult patients.
The CDE’s role is an important part of a health care team. The CDE should be an active listener and coach, helping patients to achieve their goals in managing diabetes. When I work with patients, the common recurring theme seems to be that current management routines are far too complicated and overwhelming. So I make it a goal to simplify – If you can imagine a routine that is simplified, you can succeed and avoid getting discouraged. Project Diabetes is a passion of mine and I have hopes of helping many of you on your journey and hope my insight and experiences can be helpful to your personal situation!
Nancy Bristow, CDE, RN is an active contributor to Project Diabetes and an Advisory Board Member of Three Questions, LLC, which operates Project Diabetes as part of My Health Projects. Three Questions also operates Healthcare Fellowship Networks.