Managing Diabetes: Tools for Nurses and Patients with Diabetes

Free printable tools to help manage diabetes

Mary Ann Rosa, MSN, GNP-BC, CDE, DNP-S, The PESI Team

It’s no secret that diabetes affects people nationwide.

According to the latest CDC report, 30.3 million or 9.4% of the US population has diabetes. And unfortunately, these numbers are only expected to grow.

In fact, if current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2050, 1 in 3 people will have diabetes.

Helping patients diagnosed with diabetes


When your patients are diagnosed with diabetes, they will likely have many questions, especially around carb counting—what to eat and how much of it.

Education is important here, but even more so is ensuring patients remember what you are telling them.

This printable infographic offers patients a quick-glance cheat sheet for specific carb portions and zero carb options for snacks and meal additions.

Monitoring Carbohydrates
Free Foods
Download a printable version of the infographics here.

Providing quick-glance reference tools like this can make a huge difference for patients and can even help them avoid complications and hospitalizations.

They can also help you.

Diabetes management is dependent on patient compliance…but it’s not uncommon for patients to make (or forget to mention) lifestyle choices or medication changes (to try and correct some of these choices) that could affect the success of your treatment recommendations.

That’s why, with the help of Mary Ann Rosa, MSN, GNP-BC, CDE, DNP-S, we’ve created a FREE, printable Diabetes Self-Care Plan, Glucose Log, and Weekly Medication Record. These tools can be used with each of your patients—at each visit—to help them monitor their BP, weight, glucose, medications, and more.
And if you’re looking for even more tips and tools, we encourage you to enroll in Mary Ann’s Comprehensive Diabetes Management Course: Tools to Care for Today’s Complex Patient.
Comprehensive Diabetes Management
Register today for just $149.99—a $275+ savings as a thank you for reading this blog.

Meet the Course Expert:
Mary Ann Rosa has over 18 years working with patients, managing patients with cardiac disease and diabetes, and educating clinicians to decrease readmissions and improve outcomes. She is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing for Queensborough Community College, a certified gerontological nurse practitioner, and a certified diabetes educator. As a nurse practitioner, Mary Ann has experience in a cardiac angioplasty program, private practice, extended care, and in program development. She co-developed and implemented a community diabetes disease management program, developed and implemented a community heart failure disease management program, and implemented a Telehealth program all for NSLIJ, the third largest health system in the US. She has presented locally at numerous events including post-graduate medicine, long-term care facilities, many hospitals and universities, and nationally on diabetes and heart failure disease management, including the National Association of Home Care Annual Conference, the NLN Summit, and the NLN Technology Conference. Mary Ann is a published author with articles in Home Healthcare Nurse including: "How a Heart Failure Home Care Disease Management Program Makes a Difference" and "The Interdisciplinary Development of a Diabetes Disease Management Program."

Learn more about her educational products by clicking here.

Topic: Diabetes

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