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ADNEP: Promoting Diabetes Management and Boosting Self Esteem

Nurses happen to be very important in the healthcare set-up. When the doctors aren’t around, the nurses are there to run to their patients’ aid. Still, despite their heavy responsibilities, nurses are still looked down upon by colleagues in the healthcare industry.

To debunk this concept, Dr. Ricardo E. Fernando decided to put up an organization that can enhance a nurses’ role, particularly in diabetes care. And so in 1991, the Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines (ADNEP) was formed and today, continues to empower those with diabetes through education and their members by boosting their self-esteem.

Importance of the post-graduate course
Before their nurses could actually start educating diabetic patients on managing their disease, they all have to undergo an intensive post-graduate course. According to current ADNEP president, Ms. Leyden Florido, these post-graduate courses are held twice a year.
In this 12-week, twice-a-year training program, those who join learn about 1 1 key concepts: theories and models of learning and behavior change, assessment and monitoring, introduction to diabetes, medical nutrition therapy, pharmacologic therapies, physical activity and mental health and stress management, acute and chronic complications, foot assessment, special considerations, practice teaching, and practicum.

Ms. Florido is very proud of this post-graduate course because it helps boost their membership. She says that they send letters to colleges and hospitals, informing them about the course. She adds that Dr. Fernando has hoped that each hospital have a diabetes educator.

The success of this training has taken ADNEP officers all over the country. Ms. Florido shares that they were successful in Kidapawan and Dagupan. She adds that Tuguegarao, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon have expressed their interest in undergoing the said training.

But the most important asset that the post-graduate training brings is how it helps nurses develop their self-esteem. She says that the nurses get to improve their personality and develop an air of assertiveness. Ms. Florido explains that diabetes educators need this while talking to their patients.

Expanding their reach
The continuous success of the program of ADNEP has lead other organizations to recognize its importance in the community. The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) has been one of the strongest allies of ADNEP. Ms. Florido says that they have been recognized as a specialty group of nurses, and are regularly invited to PNA’s yearly convention.

Also, the Philippine Coalition for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases has also kept constant communication with ADNEP. Ms. Florido says that every time there is an issue on diabetes, they call up ADNEP or PADE. In addition, the Philippine Overseas Employment Association (POEA) has also recognized the certification of those who underwent training under ADNEP.

Nationally, ADNEP has been accepted. However, they are currently working on getting the attention of the international scene. Ms. Florido says that their most powerful aid is their website which has helped promote ADNEP globally. She shares that there has been queries about the organization by foreign nationals, and many have already expressed their interest in joining.

Hoping for a brighter future
Ms. Florido shares that ADNEP has had its fair share of challenges. She says that one of them was getting the organization’s financial condition stable. As a non-profit organization, to be able to raise funds, ADNEP relied on their annual convention and the post-graduate course. They also had to ask their speakers to give a lecture for free.

However, today, things have changed for the organization. Still running under a tight budget, Ms. Florido claims that they are still able to function full well. Although she says there are still things that need to be met.

As president, Ms. Florido can only say praises about their members. With their hard work paying off, she says that she still has high hopes for the future of ADNEP. She says that through their members, they will be able to help disseminate the much-needed information on diabetes and develop their patients’ managing skills.

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