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UnitedHealth Group Registered Nurse - Certified Diabetes Educator, RNCDE - Worcester, MA in Worcester, Massachusetts

*$2,500 Sign On Bonus for External Candidates*

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This position will be working closely with the endocrinology provider, primary care providers and others to provide education and monitoring services to all adult patients with diabetes.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides evaluation and education for adult patients with diabetes and supports patient progress toward diabetes self-management goals

  • Provides care in the individual and group setting

  • Works with primary care providers throughout the organization to provide education and monitoring services for all referred patients with diabetes

  • Works closely with the staff endocrinology providers to identify patients that require education and monitoring services

  • Manages a caseload of patients independently

  • Assesses patients for their learning needs, follows them appropriately and documents in the patient electronic medical record

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in the area of diabetes care

  • Maintains certification as RN, CDE as applicable

  • Provides staff education for nurses or others at various sites as requested

  • Collaborates with the practice manager in relation to time utilization and program development

  • Utilizes the curriculum developed for the care of diabetes patients

  • Provides professional and courteous care to patients

  • Participates in monthly patient support groups

  • Provides support, teaching and ongoing management services to insulin pump and gestational patients

  • Provides diabetes self-management education in both group and individual visits

  • Provides glucometer instruction

  • Provides adjustments of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) within the recommendations of the ADA’s current Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Assists the patient in monitoring of blood glucose readings/patterns within glycemic goals set forth within the ADA’s current Clinical Practice Guidelines or as specified by the patient’s primary care provider (PCP) or endocrinology provider

  • Provides instruction on administration of subcutaneous as well as non-insulin injectable antihyperglycemic agents

  • Provides instruction on use of a glucagon kit with the patient and/or a family member or friend

  • Performs upward or downward adjustments within 10-20% of the patient’s current insulin dosage with approval by the PCP or endocrinology provider within 24 hours

  • May initiate a new insulin, this will require verbal and subsequent written/electronic approval by the patient’s PCP or endocrinology provider

  • May initiate, discontinue, or change dosage of an oral agent or non-insulin injectable antihyperglycemic agent, this will require verbal and subsequent written/electronic approval by the patient’s PCP or endocrinology provider

  • May hold an antidiabetic oral agent, non-insulin antihyperglycemic injectable agent or insulin if deemed necessary by his/her assessment of the patient. This action requires contact with the patient’s PCP or endocrinology provider within 24 hours

  • Pends prescription orders/refills to be approved by the PCP or endocrinology provider

  • Pends orders under authorizing provide the following lab work: A1c, AST, ALT, serum creatinine, cholesterol panel, microalbumin

  • May initiate the following consults: Endocrinology, Opthamology, Podiatry, Nutrition, Behavioral Medicine

  • Complies with health and safety requirements and with regulatory agencies such as DPH, etc.

  • Complies with established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives

  • Enhances professional growth and development through educational programs, seminars, etc.

  • Attends a variety of meetings, conferences, and seminars as required or directed

  • Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed

  • Regular, reliable and predictable attendance will be required

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing

  • Currently licensed as an RN in the State of Massachusetts

  • Certification as a diabetes nurse educator

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance

Preferred Qualification:

  • Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience

  • Knowledge of various software applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.

  • Experience in an endocrinology setting where experience with patients with diabetes was part of the role

  • Epic Computer Experience

  • Familiarity with Electronic Medical Records

  • Experience working in an ambulatory clinic setting

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills

Unless certification, licensure or registration is required, an equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed in this description, may be substituted for the above requirements.

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies now require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles require full COVID-19 vaccination as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job Keywords: Registered Nurse, RN, BLS, Basic Life Support, Certified Diabetes Educator, RNCDE, Worcester, MA, Massachusetts

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