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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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Diabetes and shift work
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
Do you have diabetes and work varying shifts? Do you work the night shift and find it hard to follow a diet and keep your sugars in order when you sleep during the day? Sometimes eating when working is when you get a chance to grab a bite. If there is no set schedule, hang in there. Managing diabetes while working varying shifts can be a challenge, but with a bit of thought, education and a plan, you can do a great job.
Take responsibility for your own care. Let your employer know that you have diabetes. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that employers provide reasonable adjustments or modifications to accommodate people with diabetes depending on the needs of the individual. Some employees may need one or more of the following accommodations:
- Private area to test blood sugar or to take insulin
- Place to rest until a low blood sugar returns to normal
- Regular breaks to eat or drink, take medicine, or to test blood sugar
- Leave for treatment, recuperation, or training on managing diabetes
- Modified work schedule or shift change — you may need a note from your physician indicating that shift work interferes with your sleep, eating routine, and schedule of insulin shots that is making it difficult to manage your diabetes
- Allowing a person with diabetic neuropathy to use a stool
In the next blog we will share different strategies you can use to better manage your blood sugar when working different shifts. We want to hear how you manage your diabetes at work. Do you let your co-workers know that you have diabetes? Share your workplace diabetes management tips with others so that others can learn from your experience.