The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes. Nurses currently account for over half of the global health workforce. They do outstanding work to support people living with a wide range of health concerns. As the number of people with diabetes continues to rise across the world, the role of nurses and other health professional support staff becomes increasingly important in managing the impact of the condition. This webinar focuses on the roles that our nurses, particularly Diabetes Nurse Educators (DNE), play in supporting the education of people with diabetes.
Chair: Ms Aslena Binte Hussain (Singapore General Hospital)
Ms Aslena Hussain is currently a Nurse Clinician/Diabetes Nurse Educator at Singapore General Hospital. She was a recipient of Health Manpower and Development Plan (HMDP) awarded by SingHealth and she underwent training and nursing mentorship at Leicester Diabetes Centre, UK. Aslena is active in various outreach programmes for the community, including the conduct of training courses for nurses and caregivers. Her special interests include safe fasting during Ramadan, hypoglycaemia, psychosocial issues among people with diabetes, inpatient diabetes care and diabetes care for the elderly. Her previous working experience in nonprofit organisation and corporate settings provided her immense exposure to support patient care further. She is a member of Diabetes Singapore (DS), Association of Diabetes Educators Singapore (ADES), and Muslim Healthcare Professional Association, Singapore (MHPA).
Chair: Ms Praveen Kaur (Ng Teng Fong General Hospital)
Ms Praveen Kaur, RN, BSN, earned her Bachelor of Nursing from Latrobe University, Melbourne and had attained Specialist Diploma in Diabetes Education and Management in year 2011. She is a Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, with 14 years of experience as a Diabetes Nurse Educator. She had a keen interest in teaching and developed e-training module on the use of Insulin Delivery Via Pen Device. She initiated training workshops for inpatient nurses to further upskill and enhance their confidence in teaching patients on use of insulin delivery devices. Concurrently, she was involved in training newly joined nurses on Diabetes management and safe insulin delivery techniques.
Speaker: Ms Grace Er (Singapore General Hospital)
Title: Celebrating the role of nurses in supporting people with diabetes
Ms Grace Er is a Nurse Clinician and Certified Diabetes Educator at Singapore General Hospital. She completed her Nursing degree from Curtin University and is one of the lead nurses running the Singapore Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (SgDAFNE) programme. This is an educational curriculum in effective self-management and advanced carbohydrate counting for individuals with Type 1 diabetes. Her expertise in insulin intensification also extends towards the incorporation of technology in diabetes self-management, including the use of continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump therapy. She successfully led a Quality Improvement project targeted at education in proper insulin injection techniques within the inpatient setting, for which she received a Gold award.
Speaker: Ms Mariana Binte Mahadi (Khoo Teck Puat Hospital)
Title: Diabetes self-care: What are the A, B, Cs?
Ms Mariana is currently an Advanced Practice Nurse in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital/Admiralty Medical Centre. During her initial years in the wards, she developed a keen interest in managing patients with diabetes. Thus, she began her diabetes journey in KTPH Diabetes Centre in 2012. Motivated by her perpetual passion for diabetes management, she pursued her Specialist Diploma in Diabetes Care and Management in 2015 and eventually did her Masters in Nursing in 2018 with her specialty area in Diabetes management. Her enthusiasm in diabetes education grew and inspired her to become part of the education team and champion many education programmes. One key programme that she jumpstarted was the Ramadan programme for pilgrim goers which has benefited many patients out in the community. She is also a member of the Association of Diabetes Educators Singapore (ADES).
Speaker: Ms Anita Lin Ying (Tan Tock Seng Hospital)
Title: Blood glucose monitoring: Where are we heading?
Ms Anita Lin Ying is currently a Diabetes Nurse Educator/Senior Staff Nurse 1 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She obtained Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curtin University of Technology in 2015 and had completed Specialist Diploma in Nursing (Diabetes Management and Education) in 2016. In 2019, she was involved in TTSH World Diabetes Day 2019 as committee member and was appointed lead for new nurses orientation program in diabetes management in TTSH recently. Her special research interest lies in exploring new methodology in supporting people with diabetes to overcome pain from insulin injections and blood sugar monitoring.
Speaker: Ms Nursyafiqah Binte A Yazid (National University Hospital)
Title: Insulin injections: Common dos and don’ts
Ms Nursyafiqah is a Diabetes Care Nurse from National University Hospital (NUH). She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2013 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Nursing Practice. She has been practicing as a Certified Diabetes Care Nurse for the past 5 years. As a Diabetes Care Nurse, she counsels, educates and empowers people living with Diabetes with the knowledge and skills to self-manage their diabetes. In her area of practice, she conducts group teaching sessions such as “Managing Diabetes during Ramadan” which equips Muslim patients with the knowledge and skills to ensure a safe fasting experience. She is also part of a Type 1 Diabetes multi-disciplinary team which is made up of the Endocrinologists, Dietitian and the Diabetes Care Nurses. The team conducts annual carbohydrate counting group teaching sessions which went online this year due to the ongoing pandemic. She recently completed her Specialist Diploma in Nursing (Diabetes Management and Education) early this year and was awarded the National Healthcare Group Award.