Online Education | Diabetes Update 2017

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Course Description 

Regardless of the practice setting, most clinicians are involved in managing care for patients with diabetes. Staying abreast of the latest research and treatment strategies for glycemic control is essential for helping patients achieve maximum health and manage complications. This online course focuses on current approaches to recognizing and managing diabetes across clinical settings. Lectures were recorded in February 2017 at the Diabetes Update conference provided by Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Teaching methods include video, audio and downloadable handouts.

Publish Date: May 1, 2017. This course will expire May 1, 2020.

Comments from Conference Attendees:

"A ton of information packed into one day! Speakers are state-of-the-art and include useful, important research data."

"Even though I am not a diabetes educator, I encounter many diabetic patients in my practice. I learned so much about their medications and the issues they face."

"Excellent speakers overall, and I learned a lot. This was the best diabetes update I have been to." 

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Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, health educators, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals across all settings.

Learning objectives

After taking this course, you should be better able to:

  1. Distinguish evidence-based nutrition recommendations from fad diet ideas.
  2. List the risk factors for developing gestational diabetes (GDM).
  3. Identify key feature of Type 1 diabetes.
  4. Recognize the role in therapy of new formulations of insulin.
  5. Compare and contrast the mechanism of action of different classes of anti-diabetic agents.


  • Food Facts, Fads and the Future
  • Sweet Baby! Implications of Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • EDIC - 30 Years Wiser: What We Now Know about Type 1 Diabetes (Rx)
  • Beyond the Ads: New Insulin Formulations and Diabetes Drug Updates for 2017 (Rx)
  • Clinical Perspectives on Optimizing Diabetes Care: How to Maximize the Effects of Diabetes Medications (Rx)

​Rx=pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


Course Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • View/listen to the presentation.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Complete the evaluation. 

After submitting the evaluation, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be available in your account for six years.   



  • Meredith Cotton, MSN, RN, CDE, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Care Program, Group Health, Olympia
  • Jerry P. Palmer, MD, Professor, Medicine, UW; Chief, Division of Endocrinology/Metabolism, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle
  • Nicole Treanor, MS, RD, CD, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator, CHI Franciscan Diabetes Services, Burien
  • Luke Vander Weide, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver
  • Crystal Zhou, PharmD, ASH-CHC, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Resident, Family Medicine, Harborview Pharmacy Services, Seattle

UW=University of Washington, Seattle

Planning Committee

  • Cora Espina, MN, ARNP, CWCN Nurse Practitioner, Glycemic Control Consult Service, UWMC; Teaching Associate, Division of Endocrinology, UW School of Medicine; Affiliate Instructor, UW School of Nursing, Seattle
  • Heather Lien, MSN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE, CDTC Diabetes/Med-Surg Clinical Nurse Specialist, UWMC; Glycemic Control Consult Service Nurse Practitioner, UWMC
  • Joan Riesland, MEd, BSN, RN Continuing Education Specialist and Lead Nurse Planner, Continuing Nursing Education, UW School of Nursing
  • Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN Clinical Nurse Specialist, Renal and Transplant, UWMC; Affiliate Instructor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, UW School of Nursing, Seattle
  • Nicole Woodruff, MSN, BC-NP, CDE ARNP, Endocrinology Practice; NW Endocrinology, NHMC; Consultant, Washington Dental Service Foundation

NHMC=UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
UW=University of Washington
Seattle UWMC=UW Medicine/University of Washington, Seattle

Disclosure Information

See accreditation information for UW Continuing Nursing Education.


UWCNE Accreditation Information


Additional Information

Audio and Video
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 5.00 Contact hours
  • 3.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Available Credit

  • 5.00 Contact hours
  • 3.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
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