PUBLISHED: 5:09 PM on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Diabetes educator earns CDE credential
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Diabetes Educator Colleen McNulty has earned a Certified Diabetes Educator credential from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

Candidates must meet rigorous credential and professional practice experience requirements to be eligible for the certification, which allows educators to use the CDE credential after their names.

Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes, the NCBDE said.

  Colleen McNulty
Certified Diabetes Educators are health care professionals from a variety of specialties who teach people with diabetes how to manage their disease.

To earn the CDE credential, the health care professional must currently be employed in the field of diabetes self-management education and have a minimum of two years and 1,000 hours of work experience in the field before taking the credentialing examination.

The CDE credential is valid for five years before it needs to be renewed.

McNulty is a registered nurse who earned a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree in 1987 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

She started working part-time with SEARHC in 1998 as an intermittent nurse on weekends and in 2004 she accepted the full-time position as Diabetes Educator with the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center.

She also spent nine years as a public health nurse with the State of Alaska.

"I enjoy working with the Alaska Native population and, by obtaining my CDE credential, I can be confident I am providing the highest level of expertise in diabetes self-management for my clients," McNulty said.