Specialist nurses help patients manage diabetes

Specialist nurses are a valuable resource in caring for patients with diabetes, according to new research presented at the annual Diabetes UK Professional Conference, Diabetes.co.uk reported. Almost all of the 995 patients with diabetes surveyed felt their specialist nurse listened to them, and 96 percent felt more confident in managing their blood sugar levels independently as a result of their specialists' support, Sonya Smith, a diabetes specialist nurse at Wolverhampton Community Diabetes Care, found. Diabetes specialist nurses could save organizations money, and multidisciplinary work is essential for supporting patients with diabetes, she concluded. Article