Diabetes Management and Insulin Pumps for School Nurses

Since the introduction of insulin pumps several decades ago, Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) therapy has become the preferred method of treatment for everyone with Type 1 Diabetes. For patients using CSII, it replaces multiple daily injections (MDI) of insulin. Insulin pumps are also used by some people with Type 2 Diabetes who, as a result of the progression of their diabetes, require MDI of insulin a day, similar to a person who has Type 1 Diabetes. With the incidence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increasing in children, the number of children with diabetes in the school systems who utilize an insulin pump has increased and will continue to do so.

This diabetes & insulin pump education course for school nurses will provide a greater understanding of the management of school-age children and adolescents wearing insulin pumps. Videos, pictures and links to pertinent web sites are included to enhance this learning experience.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the advantages and the disadvantages of CSII.
  2. Identify the resources needed to assist children on CSII.
  3. Name the urgent interventions required to problem solve hyper and hypoglycemia for a student on CSII.
  4. Specify the type of insulin most commonly used in CSII.


Chapter 1: Introduction to CSII

  • Types of Diabetes
  • History of Insulin Pumps
  • Advantages of CSII
  • Disadvantages of CSII

Chapter 2: Insulin Used in CSII

  • Types of Insulin
  • CSII Terminology

Chapter 3: Insulin Pump Companies and Equipment

  • Pumps Currently on the Market in U.S.
  • Web Sites for Insulin Pump Companies
  • Insulin Pump Equipment

Chapter 4: Mechanics of Operating Insulin Pumps

  • Animas One Touch Ping
  • MedtronicDiabetes Paradigm
  • Omnipod 
  • t:Slim 

Chapter 5: Acute Illness and/or Unexplained Hyperglycemia

  • General Rules for Sick Day Management
  • Timing of Boluses During Illness
  • Unexplained hyperglycemia

Chapter 6: Hypoglycemia

  • Assessment
  • Treatment

Chapter 7: Routine Assessment and Documentation

  • Assessment
  • Documentation 

Chapter 8: Resources

  • Parents
  • Cafeteria Supervisor
  • School Secretary
  • Local or Area Diabetes Center(s)
  • Endocrinologist/Diabetologist
  • Pump Company Websites
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $25.00

Contact Hours: 2.5

Course Author

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault

Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.

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