Master Chat Series: Diabetes Burnout and How Your Healthcare Team Can Help


Download Esther’s slides here:  Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes is a chronic disease, and sometimes people with diabetes feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the many roles and responsibilities involved with managing diabetes. Sometimes they become disillusioned and discouraged, and engage in behaviors that put them at risk for developing complications. This combination of feelings and behaviors are termed “diabetes burnout”.

This talk by Esther Igu, RN, MS, examines factors that contribute to diabetes burnout, including what role the healthcare team may play in perpetuating diabetes burnout, and what strategies can be implemented to address burnout by the patient, and in what ways the healthcare team can facilitate managing burnout in patients with diabetes.

Esther lives in San Francisco, where she works as an inpatient nurse on a step-down unit. She has been a nurse for ten years and previously worked as a diabetes educator in a community hospital. Esther is interested in the factors that lead to diabetes burnout and strategies to prevent and address it.

The Master Chat Series is an annual collaboration between TuDiabetes and Teacher’s College Columbia University’s Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program. This 36-credit inter-professional master’s program is offered to clinicians who are currently in or interested in the diabetes field. As part of a course requirement, students present ‘Master Chats’ on a variety of topics they have chosen based on discussions taking place in the TuDiabetes community. Master Chats include a short presentation followed by a Q and A, and are an opportunity not only for TuDiabetes members to learn from students in this program, but also to give feedback to them in an effort to help them be the best care-givers they can be!

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