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Useful websites for information on diabetes nursing and conferences, are listed below.

RNAO Diabetes Best Practice Guidelines. These guidelines, which DNIG members helped to develop, are available in English, French and Italian.

Reducing Foot Complications for People with Diabetes and the related Diabetes Foot: Risk Assessment Education Program
Assessment and Management of Foot Ulcers for People with Diabetes
Best Practice Guideline for the Subcutaneous Administration of Insulin in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Other RNAO Clinical Guidelines, such as Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients, are relevant also:  Click Here

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) website has a section For Professionals

This site provides a llink to the the Diabetes Educator Section (DES) of CDA. This national multidisciplinary association has around 41 chapters in Canada, 12 of which are in Ontario. Approximately 40% of DES members are nurses. DNIG offers a discounted membership to DES nurse members in Ontario. Generally, DNIG members can arrange to attend educational sessions, when offered by Ontario DES chapters.

The DES membership includes subscriptions to the following journals:
• Diabetes Dialogue a quarterly publication for people with diabetes including an annual consumer guide listing meters and products for diabetes care
• Canadian Diabetes: a publication for family practitioners on diabetes management and research,
• The Canadian Journal of Diabetes: Canada's only diabetes oriented, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal for diabetes healthcare professionals.

Advice from Aileen Knip:  “I found the CDA resources very helpful when preparing for the CDE examination. For study purposes, I would recommend "Building Competency in Diabetes Education: The Essentials”. This can be purchased from CDA professional resources for around $225.00.

Diabetes Conferences and Workshops
Conferences and workshops provide an opportunity to get an overview of diabetes care and support and help you to keep abreast of the trends. As well, they are good place for networking.

CDA The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) brings together educators, clinicians and scientists to share expertise, ideas and experience in diabetes and other endocrine disorders. The Professional Conference and Annual Meetings are held in October.
Aileen Knip: “ I attend this conference every year and it is a great learning experience at a reasonable cost.”

Options for Diabetes This conference is held annually around the second week of April in Kingston.

RNAO Centre for Professional Excellence offers a diverse range of educational opportunities for professionals at every level of healthcare. Many of the clinical conferences are relevant to diabetes care. RNAO members receive up to 40% off registration fees.

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