Develop a roadmap for achieving evidence-based practice


Linda Kerr, DNPc, RN, FNP-BC, CDE

Diabetes educators have a variety of interventions and educational platforms to use when developing and implementing diabetes self-management education and support programs for persons with diabetes. However, separating the wheat from the chaff can be challenging.

Learn how to review existing literature on evidence-based practices and gain a roadmap for developing innovative interventions in various healthcare settings during “Transitioning Ideas Into Action: Applying Evidence-based Practice to Your Next Innovative Diabetes Project” from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm today in Room 208-210. Session presenter Linda Kerr, DNPc, RN, FNP-BC, CDE, diabetes program director, Long Beach (California) Memorial Medical Center, will give special attention to educating participants about quality improvement for continual monitoring, implementation and evaluation of innovative projects.

“Evidence-based practice uses rigorous methods to ensure unbiased recommendations, is conducted to solve problems and make clinical decisions, and improves patient outcomes.

A number of organizations, including AADE, seek to achieve evidence-based practice. It is an essential element in the delivery of quality patient care for the Joint Commission, and Magnet organizations must demonstrate support and advancement of evidence-based practice.

In addition to describing the role of the diabetes educator in developing innovative evidence-based practice for any healthcare setting, she will share three types of quality improvement projects. With each, she will cover how to identify the need for a diabetes educators next innovative project with key stakeholders, such as physicians, patients, nursing, and healthcare organizations.

Her goal, she said, is to help attendees establish innovative partnerships that promote chronic disease management through measurable outcomes.

“This presentation is appropriate for CDEs in a variety of healthcare settings, and my goal is for participants leave with the knowledge that they have the tools to successfully implement and sustain their next innovative diabetes project,” Dr. Kerr said.

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