Stacey O’Donnell, R.N., C.D.E., has been a nurse educator at Joslin Diabetes Center for the last five years. She graduated from Curry College in 1996 and spent three years in the cardio thoracic and two years in the vascular intensive care units at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital before joining the staff at Joslin. Stacey also worked summers at Camp Joslin and the Clara Barton Adventure Camp, camps for children with diabetes.
You went from an inpatient situation caring for cardiac patients to an outpatient counseling situation for people with diabetes. What’s special about working with this population?
When you work outpatient you really feel as if you can make a difference in someone’s life. In the hospital people are so sick they aren’t really able to process much in the way of education. With diabetes, education is so important. For example, when you teach people how to adjust their insulin, they’re able to make decisions on their own that have an impact on their A1C and ultimately their quality of life.