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National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2018 (NDNKSF)

The NDNKSK National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2018 has been developed to assist all registered nurses to demonstrate that they are adequately prepared to provide the required care and education for the person with diabetes and related co-morbidities, whatever their practice setting. To promote best practice the NDNKSF is linked to national guidelines, standards of practice and the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s competencies for registration.

The framework identifies three levels of knowlege and skills for nurses working with people living with diabetes:

  • All nurses
  • Proficient Diabetes Nurses
  • Specialist Diabetes Nurses

Health mentor; Diabetes Education Programme for health care professionals (HCP’s)

Health Mentor Online assists HCP’s to achieve NDNKSF LEVELS 1 & 2 and is provided by the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD), supported by the Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses (NZNO), and has been included in the Ministry of Health Diabetes Services Tier Two Service Specification. For more information download details of the Online Diabetes resource for nurses (PDF 3MB) or go to

In addressing the fundamental and proficient levels of the framework, the programme designed to assist in developing knowledge and skills to enhance care and work effectively with people and whãnau/families who live with diabetes. This programme and the NDNKSF are two of the many tools enabling development of capability in providing diabetes care. They do not sit alone but rather within the context of having annual updates, utilising and working alongside local expertise, and other such activities.

Assessment, NZSSD Certificate of Completion and professional development hours

Along with the reading materials and formative self-tests, there is an opportunity to complete a summative assessment. The assessment requires a pass rate of 85%, and on achieving this a NZSSD Certificate of Completion and acknowledgement of 7 hours professional development is awarded. NZSSD clinical members have designed the questions in the assessment so that the content is thoroughly understood and that participants have taken the time to reflect on it and have had the opportunity to use the knowledge in working with patients.

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ACDN Education Policy

The Education Policy of the Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurse (ACDN) and  its associated document, the National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework (NDNKSF) 2018 have been created to support the development of a highly skilled nursing workforce. Diabetes nursing varies considerably depending on the practice setting. It can be a standalone specialised area of practice or part of more generalized nursing practice, such as in the primary care setting. Diabetes nursing incorporates working with patients and/or their families / whanau to ensure they have the education and skills to self-manage their diabetes, helping them to prevent long term complications, assisting in acute situations and may also involve diabetes prevention and health promotion. Education for nurses working in diabetes is vital in developing, and extending their nursing knowledge and skill. Education underpins sound nursing practices as well as contributing to the development of nursing profession as a whole (NZNO).

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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Training Programme 2018

Whilst many nurses in New Zealand have completed the required preparation for a clinical Master’s degree, relatively few have progressed to NP registration. To address this situation, The University of Auckland and Massey University have been awarded funding for the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme by Health Workforce New Zealand to be continued for 2018. This training programme seeks to increase coordination between potential NPs, their employers, tertiary education providers, and New Zealand Nursing Council. The aim is to align and promote NP preparation, registration and employment into a seamless pathway.

This NP Training Programme shall include study days plus protected supervised clinical training hours, and employer confirmation that there is a job for prospective NPs at the end of the pathway.

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IDF Online Education Zone

The IDF online interactive modules are aimed to ensure the best possible education in a flexible, self-paced environment that makes use of the latest learning technologies available to health professionals wherever they are in the world, so that they are equipped to provide optimal management for the estimated 415 million people living with diabetes.

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