Roshanak Parastesh

Registered Nurse & Certified Diabetes Educator

My name is Roshanak and I am a Registered Nurse working as a
Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator at a Community Health Centre in Toronto.
I have been working in this field for over 8 years. Prior to starting my journey as a nurse, I worked as a dietitian in my home country (Iran) and have worked in both a community and a hospital setting. I worked with a wide range of clients and was also involved in providing diabetes education for newly diagnosed Type 1 & 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. That is where my passion to empower my clients living with Diabetes really started. Now, practising as a diabetes nurse educator has helped to fulfill my dream of a career in diabetes education.
As educators, we generally consider ourselves as teachers rather than learners. However, as I reflect on my years as a nurse and what is means to be a diabetes educator, I realize that I have been more of a learner than as a teacher. Diabetes is such an interesting field and self-management plays a major role in good blood sugar control. It is really neat when a patient comes back and is excited to share with me his/her success stories in controlling their blood sugar. Those "aha" moments in diabetes education are what make what I do so enjoyable.

I hold following certifications. I make it my business to attend relevant conferences and workshops to expand my knowledge and skills so I can provide better care for my clients.

· Teach Facilitator (smoking cessation)
· Craving Change Facilitator
· CDE certification

When it comes to insulin therapy, I increased my knowledge by working with endocrinologists, attending training sessions and conferences and reviewing the Canadian Diabetes Guidelines. At the beginning of my career as a diabetes nurse educator, I had several challenges in insulin management and helping my clients who were on different types of insulin therapy. Over the years, complexity of my clients on insulin therapy has made me to overcome these challenges.

One of the case I always remember was when I assisted and motivated a lady with Type 2 Diabetes and coping with complications to initiate, and titrate insulin. Due to her very high blood sugar level, she required insulin therapy immediately, however it was almost impossible for her to overcome her fear to start insulin therapy. We worked together for a few sessions to just explain the insulin therapy, and benefit of initiating it. It was a long process and there was no guidance available at that time on how to overcome such a hurdle. I was not even confident in my own skills. Even I had fear on starting this client on insulin!
Anyways after a few visits she finally started multiple daily injections and I helped her to learn how to inject, titrate. After a few months, she was able to bring her Hb A1C down.

I always had an inner urge to arrange a workshop focused towards teaching novice diabetes educators on sailing through the challenges that come with insulin management and increase their confidence to initiate insulin. So, here I am..........

On that note, even for the advanced educators there is always something we can learn from a fellow educator. I would love to have you in my workshop.

Learning Objectives

This program has been designed to provide basic knowledge about current insulin therapies used by people with type 2 diabetes. It is intended to provide an overview to insulin therapy for those who are new in diabetes education field. 

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

1. Identify different types of insulin therapy regimen for people with type 2 diabetes

2. learn about insulin management including insulin initiation and insulin titration

3. Demonstrate proper insulin injection technique and assessment of injection sites

4. Explain possible side effects of insulin

5. Apply the principles of motivational interviewing to insulin initiation.

CDE Competency Checklist

By attending this workshop you will be meeting these competencies as laid out by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. For other boards please check your board respectively

Category: Medications

Competency Number 
Describes different types of insulin in terms of time-action profile, adverse effects and other therapeutic considerations.
Identifies specific therapeutic regimens based on client characteristics and properties of the treatment. 1A
Describes various insulin delivery systems and their advantages or disadvantages 2A
Identifies appropriate injection technique 1A

Insulin Management

A must have skill for novice & experienced diabetes educators

Insulin management is ONE of the MANY skills required to manage clients living with diabetes.

Why MUST you register?

  • Increase your confidence

    in recommending/making
    insulin adjustments

  • Intervene timely

    Timely intervention = better diabetes management for your clients

  • Get the right tools

    Fill up your toolbox with the right tools to manage your clients

  • Motivate your patients

    to start insulin in a collaborative manner to improve their blood sugars

Course curriculum

    1. Watch the webinar here

    1. Download your completion certificate here

About this course

  • $75.00
  • 2 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

Who is it for?

  • Diabetes Educators

  • Nurses

  • Dietitians

This workshop is also available as part of the "Diabetes Education Day"

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