Diabetic Nurse Educator-Diabetes Mellitus is a common complication of solid organ transplantation and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. It is especially common after lung transplantation- firstly because lung transplant recipients require high dose immunosuppression with glucocorticoids in combination with calcineurin inhibitors and secondly because significant numbers of patients have cystic fibrosis which results in both lung damage necessitating lung transplant and in the destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
We are currently seeking a DNE to be part of the multi-disciplinary team working with the diabetes education team and transplant services. The DNE will be expected to provide education to patients with diabetes and newly diagnosed diabetes. The DNE will provide education to transplant patients in the management of their illness including education in transplant medications and the interaction with blood sugar levels, and education on the safe administration of insulin. They will be part of the Alfred diabetes education team and will rotate through different areas of the diabetes service across Alfred and Caulfield sites. As part of this role, the DNE will also be expected to attend lung transplant clinics when rostered, provide a telephone consultation service to outpatients and be a support person to inpatients commencing or on insulin regimes.