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  1. StephenS
    StephenS August 13, 2014 at 5:57 am | | Reply

    Wil– Thanks for such a thorough recap.

  2. Molly McElwee-Malloy, RN, CDE
    Molly McElwee-Malloy, RN, CDE August 13, 2014 at 6:21 am | | Reply

    As both a person with T1D, an educator, a #DOC supporter and an AADE volunteer, I echo the sound of alarm that we need more educators. I appreciate your mention of the warmth that many educators have for their patients. I have always felt that out of all the professional diabetes organizations that AADE has at the center, the patient as the most important. When I attended AADE last year, I felt a huge blanket of warmth and support as both a patient and an educator. Currently as a researcher, I cannot comment on the “us vs. them” problem in industry vs. healthcare. However, I do hope that this divide closes as there is no reason to oppose the other when we both consider the patient’s best interests. I am sorry to hear about the decline in attendance and admit I am among those who could not attend this year. I have a newborn at home and travel was just not possible.
    I would also echo the problem that employers aren’t paying for or allowing time to attend such conferences. The way I work attending such conferences is through volunteer leadership with AADE to help offset the price tag of travel and time away from work. I realize this is not an option for a lot of people, but would encourage a more in depth discussion with employers on the value of attendance. First and foremost as a person with T1D, I can say that I’m excited about the ADE position. It took me going back to school to earn my RN to get the CDE, which is what I wanted from day 1. I hope the ADE option allows path for others to see the value and help fill the gap on the way to increasing numbers of CDE’s.
    Thanks for such a thorough and honest look at the conference, Will. I always enjoy your blogs and will continue to look for more insights from your perspective.

  3. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter August 13, 2014 at 9:27 am | | Reply

    Thank you for covering the AADE Expo. I look forward to reading more in the weeks to come. Could you tell us more about the inter-CDE war? What were they fighting over? I’m intrigued.

    I’m glad to hear that most CDEs care about their patients. However, for them it is a profession. At the end of the day, they close the files, cash the check and go home to a life without diabetes. They deal with it in theory. We deal with it at 2am.

    I have had many good CDEs (and a few not-so) and I appreciate the times when I’m on a rollercoaster I can’t stop and they can look at the numbers with brains free of glucose fluctuations and help me get back to a more normal undulation. It is worth it to me to give up a day’s pay and to pay them a not-insubstantial amount.

    I don’t get to go home. I am home. This is where I live.

  4. Emily RD CDE
    Emily RD CDE August 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for the review, it is interesting to read about it from a patient perspective. I am just wondering, how can we possibly be asking for more educators if the ones we have can’t stay employed and programs are getting cut due to budgetary constraints and more insurance companies or facilities come up with restrictions on how we practice and how often we can see patients,sometimes limiting our impact?

    We are worried facilities will see the ADE people as a “less costly” way to provide education and there will be more restrictions on content (based on lack of licensure) and less and less opportunities for the CDE. Or the CDE will be forced into the role of “overseeing” the ADEs. Most of us became CDE’s because we love patient interaction and helping people and the new and evolving world of diabetes. We don’t want that taken away from us.

    Diabetes educators can be a very passionate and innovative group, dedicated to helping people with diabetes, if they are allowed to be. I spend more time marketing services and “proving our worth” than interacting with patients just so I can ensure I still have a job and CAN help them. We rack our brains daily for a better way to come together with the people who could use our help without providing so much for free that we “help” ourselves out of a job.

  5. Helen Ashton
    Helen Ashton September 7, 2014 at 2:21 am | | Reply

    Thanks for your report. I was one of the 20 delegates from oversea’s – New Zealand. It was my first AADE conference and I thought it was fantastic, we have nothing like these in NZ to compare to. I am interested in the direction of not just nurses being diabetes educators, we have not moved to that here in NZ but I can defintely see the need and benefits. I was somewhat suprised by the CNE warfare at the Alice in Wonderland session – and agree to move forward and bee recognised as a pofessional group there needs to be team work and respect. Thanks Orlando and to AADEA organisers and all the wonderful people we met – we had a great time and learned so much.
    Helen Ashton – Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist NZ.

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