Submitted by Oswego Health
Susan Callaway, a registered nurse at Oswego Hospital for more than 20 years has earned the designation as a certified diabetes educator.
To earn this prestigious certification, Callaway was required to have a minimum of two years experience and an additional 1,000 hours in diabetes patient and self-management education. Upon achieving both requirements, Callaway was permitted to sit for the four-hour examination administered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Education, which is offered twice a year.
For Callaway earning this certification was a very personal career goal as her husband, David, was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago. “When he was diagnosed, I went with him to a couple of his visits to see Oswego Hospital Diabetes Educator Nola Gardner,” Callaway explained. “I learned a lot about the disease from her and thought I would really enjoy educating patients one-on-one. After these visits, Callaway decided to leave the hospital’s maternity department where she had worked for 20 years, and join the Community Health staff.
Callaway earned her required 1,000 hours in the Community Health Department that is required prior to taking the national examination. She provides diabetes care to Oswego Hospital patients and at the Phoenix Health Services Center.
Providing diabetes education along with Callaway is Nola Gardner, who became certified as a diabetes educator in 2006.
According to the National Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 8.3 percent of the population have diabetes. In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in individuals aged 20 years and older. Some seven million people remain undiagnosed.
To assist those with diabetes, Oswego Health has two free support groups. The Oswego group meets the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oswego Health Services Center, lower level conference room adjacent to Oswego Hospital. The Fulton group meets the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill. For more information on the support groups, call 349-5513.
Oswego Health also provides free diabetes screenings the second Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in suite 250 of the Oswego Health Services Building.
The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.