Masters in Nursing Diabetes Specialist
This degree is not one of the standard options for career track offered in most graduate nursing programs. It is, however, an area where the demand for trained specialists is growing rapidly. Adult onset diabetes is assuming epidemic proportions in the United States due to the deteriorating dietary habits among us and the propensity to obesity that is so widespread. For that reason the larger nursing schools are offering MSN degrees with specialization in diabetes education and treatment. The Masters in Nursing Diabetes Specialist degree can lead to job opportunities in a physician's office, a dialysis center, and many of the outpatient clinics that treat people who are living today without medical insurance. There is much for a newly diagnosed diabetic to learn; graduates with this degree are educators as much as they are providers of treatment.
Generally this is a further area of specialization for RNs who are working towards a degree as a clinical nurse specialist or one of the basic nurse practitioner degrees. Choosing to specialize in diabetes can also lead to a career in pediatrics, working with children who develop the disease. Some pediatric nurse practitioner students opt for this specialization. Usually it can be found in nursing schools that are associated with a large medical center where the appropriate clinical practicum can be arranged. A Masters in Nursing Diabetes Specialist student needs access to a diabetes treatment center in order to gain the necessary clinical hours prior to graduation. In some schools it is a post-masters certificate program.
Many endocrinologists will hire a MSN graduate who is a Diabetes Specialist to work full time in an educational role. People who develop this disease and are required to have some sort of insulin intake every day must learn to self-medicate and must also learn some rudimentary facts about diet management. Other job opportunities include working as a diabetes clinical manager or as the supervising nurse for a diabetes program within a larger medical treatment facility. The career opportunities for advanced nursing graduates with diabetes training are, unfortunately, growing rapidly in the United States.