Why I Became a CDCES
Why Barbara Eichhorst Became a CDCES
I became a CDCES because providing diabetes care and education to people with diabetes involves skills in behavioral interventions, empowerment and engagement.
When I was a novice dietitian, I always looked up to the multi disciplinary team of endocrinology, where doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians worked together to individualize treatment plans for each patient. The team approach to patient-centered intervention was very desirable to me as a provider, as it helped reinforce that I was not alone in providing comprehensive care to patients.
On Opportunities Provided as a Result of Holding the CDCES Credential
By obtaining my CDCES certification, I have had opportunities to be a national and international level speaker. In fact, I have visited over 60 countries around the globe, educating others on becoming a CDCES! I am able to train and talk directly to doctors and researchers about improving diabetes care outcomes. I have been involved in research and publications that are changing the practice of diabetes education. This could not have been a possibility for me if I would not have become a CDCES.
On Her Biggest "ah ha" Moment
I realized that ultimately things become less complicated...the more skills I obtained and the more I remained current on new information and therapies, the more effective I became. My daily work is incredibly enjoyable. Also, when I am presenting to other health care providers and people with diabetes (PWD), they want my interpretation of information, combined with my personality - something that keeps me energized.
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