Donna Jornsay, BSN, RN, CPNP, CDE, talks about her experience as a CDE (since the introduction of the certification) and why she developed a program to help fill the gap in care for in-patient diabetes. She notes that healthcare professionals are seeing an astounding number of patients being diagnosed with diabetes in the hospital. There are typically not enough CDE’s to work with every patient which can range between 300-350 in a hospital. With this in mind, she developed a program with “nurse champions,” who can do most of the necessary education, with fewer patients (including pregnant patients and those with an insulin pump) then needing the direct attention from a CDE.
Donna Jornsay, BSN, RN, CPNP, CDE, received her associate’s degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Upstate Medical Center where she went on to receive her certificate as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of the State of New York in 1983. Donna has worked as a diabetes nurse educator and nurse practitioner for the past 30 years, and has held positions in pediatrics, adult medicine and high risk obstetrics. She has been a clinician in areas of direct patient care, as well as a clinical supervisor of pediatric nurse practitioners. She has also been the clinical coordinator of several university based diabetes and pregnancy programs. Donna has also worked in the diabetes industry, as a clinical scientific liaison for Abbott Diabetes Care, and as a clinical nurse specialist for Medtronic Diabetes. In these roles, she gained research and development experience, sales experience, and patient training and management experience with continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump therapy. Currently, Donna works as a diabetes clinical specialist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she is responsible for inpatient diabetes education, staff development, and quality improvements in the care of patients with diabetes.