Diabetes summit to be held on campus July 13-17

Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is partnering with Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital in presenting the WCU Diabetes Education Summit beginning Monday, July 13, and continuing through Friday, July 17.

The summit is designed for health professionals who interact with diabetic patients, including registered nurses, registered dieticians, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and other health care team members.

Daily topics will cover diabetes education for health care professionals; foundations of care; glycemic targets, associated complications and management; diabetes in specific populations and settings; and diabetes expert fundamentals. The summit also will focus on resources for building a patient education program and preparing for the Certified Diabetes Educators exam.

“After conversations with local health care providers from several different disciplines, I realized that we have a deficit of certified diabetes educators,” said Judy Neubrander, director of WCU’s School of Nursing. “This weeklong conference will provide the education needed to prepare a provider for the exam. It also will provide an update for the nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or physician who wants to learn the latest in diabetes care.”

The summit will be held at the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus. Participants may attend any or all days of the event. Registration is $100 per day or $300 for the entire week.

WCU is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CNE credit hours are available and live activity qualifies for CDR Continuing Professional Education for dieticians.

For more information or to register for the summit, visit the event website or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.