What Nurses Know...Diabetes

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What Nurses Know...Diabetes



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Honorable Mention: Foreword Book of the Year Health 2010

In the US, 23.6 million people-7.8 percent of the population-have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to serious complications, including blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and lower-limb amputations. People with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complication by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids.

What Nurses Know...Diabetes sheds new light on this disease from a trusted source: nurses.

This book will provide down-to-earth information and explain clearly what a reader needs to know and wants to know to understand about diabetes so they can move forward with their lives.

Special Features Include

  • Numerous call-out boxes with What Nurses Know "
  • Definitions of Common Terms
  • Resources, online tools, and specific websites to those living with diabetes

About the Series

Nurses hold a critical role in modern health care that goes beyond their day-to-day duties. They share more information with patients than any other provider group, and are alongside patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, offering understanding of complex health issues, holistic approaches to ailments, and advice for the patient that extends to the family.

Nurses themselves are a powerful tool in the healing process. What Nurses Know gives down-to-earth information, addresses consumers as equal partners in their care, and explains clearly what readers need to know and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives.


Product Details

  • Publication Date December 07, 2010
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603989

Editorial Review(s)

"…well written and filled with helpful tips and advice for anyone with diabetes. …an excellent resource for those who have read about diabetes basics but would like to know more. What Nurses Know . . . Diabetes is highly recommended"-Consumer Connection

About The Author(s)

Rita Girouard Mertig MS, RNC, CNS, DE

Rita Girouard Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE, has been a registered nurse for 43 years with a Master of Science degree. She has taught nursing in a variety of programs and recently retired after 21 years from teaching in an associate degree nursing program in which she also taught nutrition. Rita also has had type 1 Diabetes for 25 years and has used an insulin pump for 15 years.

She currently volunteers at CrossOver Ministries clinic where she teach classes and conducts one-on-one sessions on weight management and diabetes management for clients with minimal ability to pay for services. During the 1980s and 90s, Rita led a support group for people with diabetes who were using insulin under the auspices of the American Diabetes Association, Richmond, VA chapter, and has also served on the board of directors.

She has previously authored two books, Teaching Nursing in an Associate Degree Program and The Nurses' Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management, both published by Springer Publishing Company.

Table of Contents

"Diabetes: What is it?
Glucose monitoring: Why Should I do This and How?
Complications: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
Depression and Anxiety and The Why Mes?
How to Find and Get the Help You Need
How to Stay Motivated

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