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Dec 16, 2003
Seattle, WA
Hey all,

I'm having a difficult time finding this information. I'm a RN 1.5 years out of school with med/surg and tele/stepdown experience. I've always enjoyed the pathophysiology of diabetes and dealing with treatments etc. I would love to get into diabetic education but am not sure on the route.
I know that to be certified, you have to have 1,000 hours of diabetes self-management teaching experience and take the exam. My question is: How in the world do you get those 1,000 hours? I mean it sounds like they expect you to get a job doing diabetic education, and then officially certify later.
Are these jobs to gain experience in abundance? How do you get into it? It seems like a catch-22 (experience needed to get job, certification needed to get job, but certification unavailable unless you have the job). :confused: Thanks.