Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing




Kathleen Kalb


Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is an essential component in the care of persons with diabetes. The practice of DSME is defined in national standards, delineated in competencies, and carried out by diverse healthcare professionals. Recognized certifications acknowledge the expertise of diabetes educators in DSME. Through key position statements and outcome measures, professional associations advance the health care of individuals with diabetes in individual, political, and global arenas. Effective implementation of DSME by diabetes educators enacts the guidance provided in these resources. Individualized DSME that addresses personal needs and/or barriers of patients is critical to the transfer of knowledge, skill, and ability required for optimal diabetes self-management. These important and comprehensive considerations are discussed in this paper and are crucial to the implementation of DSME.