Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES)
The medical world is full of acronyms! Did you know there is an entire course in decoding medical acronyms? But it gets extra confusing when it comes to all those letters after everyone’s names. (A little secret, as a nurse, I still have to look some of the more obscure ones up to be sure).
We wanted to let you know about a recent acronym change you will be seeing from the educators at IDS. We are all licensed as CDE’s (Certified Diabetes Educators) but the professional organizations that license and oversee CDE’s have done some “rebranding” of the profession.
We are now Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES).
This does not change anything about what we do as educators, just the letters we put after our names. The hope is to give diabetes professionals more weight as a force for serving our patients and advocating for people with diabetes and the diabetes community. This change is also reflected in the AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) transforming into the ADCES (Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists) as well as our licensing board the CBDCE (Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education) formerly the NCBDE (National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators).
No matter what letters we have behind our names IDS remains dedicated to being in the lead of diabetes education!
Alicia’s diverse nursing career has given her experience with a broad range of clients and a variety of health conditions in addition to diabetes. One of her passions is advocating for the needs of her patients, whether it be in overcoming insurance restrictions, obtaining community resources, or coordinating with school systems and medical providers.