Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Margaret Koch, RN, Achieves Renewal

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) recently announced that Margaret Koch, RN, BS, CDE, Diabetes Educator at Pekin Hospital, has renewed the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the continuing education renewal option process.

Candidates must meet rigorous requirements to be eligible for certification. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are approximately 16,600 diabetes educators who hold NCBDE certification.

In 1993, Margaret Koch established the outpatient diabetes program at Pekin Hospital with a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Pekin Hospital offers group classes and individual counseling in diabetes self management and medical nutrition therapy related to diabetes. Referrals can be arranged by calling (309) 353-0719.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Through the development, maintenance, and protection of the certification process and the CDE credential, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements.

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