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Authors

  1. Smith-Miller, Cheryl A. PhD, RN-BC
  2. Thompson, Cara MSN, CDE, RN-BC

Abstract

Clinical nurses are increasingly responsible for facilitating and providing diabetes education in the acute care setting. However, research suggests that the lack of awareness about the psychosocial factors that influence diabetes self-management impairs the nurse's ability to effectively and comprehensively support the patient's self-management efforts. This mixed-methods design of the research study describes how transformative learning, in conjunction with critical reflection, enhanced graduate nurses' understanding of the psychosocial aspects of diabetes self-management and improved their ability to provide patient-centered care.