Blackstock achieves Certified Diabetes Educator status

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 Kimberly Blackstock,RN for Hamilton Medical Center's Diabetes and Nutrition Center, Dalton, Georgia
Kimberly Blackstock, RN for Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) Diabetes and Nutrition Center

DALTON, Ga.– Kimberly Blackstock, RN for Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) Diabetes and Nutrition Center, recently achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. The certification is through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).

Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be able to take the examination. Achieving certification status demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are more than 17,670 diabetes educators who hold NCBDE certification.

Blackstock has been employed at HMC for more than six years, working with patients with diabetes. She also speaks about diabetes at community functions and health fairs.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. The mission of the organization is to define, develop, maintain and protect the certification and credentialing process to promote quality diabetes education. Through the program, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements.