RN, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, PT, Days

  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Feb 23, 2021
Part time Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Description

Function/Duties of Position

The Registered Nurse – Diabetes Specialist functions as a caregiver in a multidisciplinary team to improve glucose control and clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes and/or hyperglycemia. S/he provides diabetes education to adult patients and their families during their hospitalization at OHSU. S/he works in collaboration with the Glycemic Team and individual nursing units to identify patients in need of teaching related to their diagnosis, medication dosing and administration, blood glucose monitoring and other self-care skills. S/he also consults with primary teams and Care Management to ensure patients have an identified plan for follow-up education and management post-discharge. S/he works in concert with the Certified Diabetes Educators in the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center to create/update patient education materials to meet the needs of our inpatient population. The Registered Nurse is expected to practice in accordance with professional nursing standards and core values. Excellent communication skills and a strong commitment to service excellence are required.

Required Qualifications

  • External applicants- Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
  • Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
  • Current unencumbered Oregon RN License
  • Current BLS certification issued by the American Heart Association or the Military Training Network
  • 2 years minimum RN experience within the past 5 years in direct diabetes patient care and education in an acute care setting.
  • Must have excellent communication and reflection skills, the ability to work collaboratively in a team, and the flexibility to delegate, prioritize, and adapt in stressful situations.
  • Knowledge and application of principles of Adult Learning Theory.
  • Commitment to complete the requirements and successfully pass the certification exam to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) within 12 months of hire.
  • Good time management skills, ability to work independently with the nursing scope of practice
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Diabetes Education Experience
  • CDE Certification

Orientation Period:

  • Specialty Experience: 4-8 weeks
  • Experience, but not in specialty area: 6-12 weeks
  • Resource: 6-12 weeks

Additional Details


All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


Diabetes Management Nursing