Diabetes Educator – Couchiching Family Health Team (Orillia)

Diabetes Educator

Orillia, ON  CANADA

Couchiching Family Health Team is a health centre in Orillia dedicated to offering exemplary comprehensive health care.  We provide a patient-centred approach with a focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion. We are currently in the process of seeking a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nurse to fill the position of Diabetes Educator. The position offered is a permanent, full-time position, starting ASAP.


As a key member of the Couchiching Family Health Team you will coordinate the Diabetes Education Program (DEP) by directly caring for and educating diabetic patients and their families.  You will be an advocate for the dignity and self-respect for people living with diabetes. In collaboration with the physicians and other allied health care professionals you will design, develop, implement and evaluate education, care and treatment approaches for individuals and groups in accordance with the 2013 CDA Clinical Practice Guidelines.  You will also provide direct patient care, which includes independently making day-to-day decisions regarding individual patient care and treatment as delegated by medical orders. Clientele include but are not limited to adults living with diabetes, family members and other healthcare providers. DEP activities and patient care will be in accordance with FHT policies/procedures, professional practice standards and required legislation (e.g. Nursing Act, Regulated Health Professions Act).

Roles and Responsibilities

Patient Care Assists patients living with diabetes to achieve their optimum level of health in situations of normal health, illness, injury or through the process of dying Provides direct patient care including assessments, planning, intervention and monitoring (focus is on prevention of complications and management goals with patients) Collaborates closely with physicians and FHT health professionals on patient care Partners with patients and their families to enable them to design and manage their own individualized diabetes protocols/plans (e.g. establishes goals with patients) Evaluates patient comprehension and compliance to a care plan by reviewing clinical and learning outcomes Assesses patient educational needs by identifying physical, social and or emotional needs that may influence the education process and the long term outcomes Schedules follow up appointments Plans, develops and delivers education related to diabetes (e.g. diabetes prevention, medication use, diet and nutritional monitoring, prevention and care of complications, foot care, blood glucose monitoring and the techniques of self-monitoring and injection) Collaborates with other FHT health professionals to provide exceptional education Responsible for overall delivery of DEP patient services Provide DEP leadership in consultation with FHT physicians and FHT Administrator Monitor supply levels and/or expiration of DEP medical supplies Participate in clinical clerks/family practice residents’ supervision by providing DEP educational opportunities Review new treatment modalities introduced by pharmaceutical companies Actively participate in interdisciplinary, staff, team and committee meetings Develop and maintain liaisons with other community agencies


Diabetes Education Program (DEP) Coordination

Skills and Knowledge

Leadership/mentoring skills Excellent organizational skills Effective communication skills (ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, and community partners) Computer literacy Ability to work in an inter-professional/collaborative team environment Independent thinking/working skills Adult education and teaching knowledge Proven dependable attendance and performance record Maintain own academic qualifications and participate in self-directed learning to ensure his/her practice remains relevant (by attending professional conferences, e-learning and journal reviews).  Stay current and aware of opportunities to implement new, evidence-based methods of patient assessment and treatment.


Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario or College of Dietitians of Ontario Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification required Minimum 2 years of clinical experience as RN or RD, preferably in community-based health care Minimum 1 year health teaching experience, and experience applying advanced diabetes knowledge, physical assessment skills, diagnostic intervention and self-care management. For more information, or to submit a resume, please contact: f.kerr@cfht.ca ATTN: Diabetes Educator Job Posting