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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)

This is curerntly offline and being reviewed.


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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 2022

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 2022. 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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