Learn why leaders within diabetes care and education have chosen to support people with diabetes and further their own careers by earning the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) credential.
Diabetes has been part of my life since my early childhood as several family members struggled with diabetes, including my father. This personal experience and working with patients as a RDN in the acute care setting made me realize the importance of this credential and expertise needed to provide quality care. I worked with a wonderful RN, one of the first individuals to hold what was then the CDE credential (now CDCES) back in the early 1990s. She encouraged and taught me about the early technologies available and set a memorable example for compassionate and empathetic patient care.
On Opportunities Provided as a Result of Holding the CDCES Credential
Both my CDCES and BC-ADM credentials have increased my marketability by providing speaking opportunities with diabetes industry organizations, consulting with corporations on diabetes nutrition and technology products, and media opportunities with television, radio and webinar presentations! I have also produced publications for ADCES In Practice Journal and published education module content.
What Would you Say to Someone Who is Considering Becoming a CDCES?
I would highly encourage health care professionals to pursue the CDCES credential as diabetes affects people of all ages. There is a great deal of fascinating science in this area that applies to not just individual patients but public health.
On Her Biggest "ah ha" Moment
The culmination of my 38+ years in diabetes management, nutrition support, and eating disorder work continues to fuel my passion for understanding my patients/clients as human beings. The two “ah ha” experiences I had was working at a camp for children with diabetes, as well as the incredible opportunity to work in Sweden with a large eating disorder clinic/ hospital for three weeks These experiences provided profound insights into the intersection of the bio-psycho-social effects of food and nutrition on diabetes and nutrition issues. As well as appreciating the socioeconomic culture that drives choices and behaviors.