Diabetes Boot Camp: How to Prepare Your Patients for a Successful Discharge

February 19, 2024

This course will prepare nurses to be both competent and comfortable with teaching diabetes self-management skills at the bedside.

Target Audience


Learning Objectives

1. Introduction: • State the mission and goal of Diabetes Boot Camp.

2. The Nurses Role in Preparing a Patient for Discharge: • List the 3 main parts of preparing a patient with diabetes for discharge. • Identify the 5 survival skills that must be taught to patients with diabetes prior to discharge. (3 M’s and 2 H’s). • Discuss 3 teaching tools available to educate patients with diabetes.

3. Exercise/Activity: • State how much time a patient with diabetes should engage in physical activity each week according to the American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines. • Identify the impact exercise/activity has on blood glucose.

4. Monitoring: • Explain how to order a blood glucose meter for a patient to take home. • Discuss the correct procedure for lancing a finger when performing a capillary blood glucose test. • Identify when blood glucoses should be tested, differentiate between hospital and home.

5. Carbohydrate Counting/Meal Planning: • Explain the difference between a carb choice and grams of carb when counting carbohydrates as a part of a meal plan. • Calculate a meal dose of insulin using a carb ratio. • Calculate the amount of carbohydrates in a meal using the hospital menu

6. Insulin and Patient Teaching: • Demonstrate how to correctly administer a dose of insulin with a pen device. • Explain correct sequence of steps involved in optimal insulin administration. • Identify anatomical sites where insulin can be administered. • Explain how to avoid lipohypertrophy and how it can affect insulin absorption. • Review insulin storage. • Discuss sharps disposal. • State how many times a patient new to insulin should self-administer a dose prior to discharge. • Explain how to use the Teach-Back Method. • Identify two tips for successful face-to-face teaching. • Differentiate between literacy and health literacy.

7. Hyper and Hypoglycemia: • Differentiate between symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. • Explain the Rule of 15. • Identify 4 oral treatment options on the nurse driven UPMC Hypoglycemia protocol.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/19/2024 - 7:30am EST
Event ends: 
02/19/2024 - 4:00pm EST
UPMC: SHadyside
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Affiliate of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. The University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is
6 contact hours.


Available Credit

  • 6.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
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