NORWAY – Stephens Memorial Hospital registered nurses Jo Elliott and Kim DeSanctis have completed the Diabetes Self Management Training program.

The announcement was made by Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook.

Health care professionals are trained to teach individuals diagnosed with diabetes how to make necessary lifestyle changes to live a healthy life.

Elliot has been employed on the medical/surgical department at SMH for four years. She attended Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing, and is pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing at USM, with the intent of graduating in December.

She also holds a bachelor of science degree in nutrition. She is a member of the Blood Glucose Improvement Task Force as well as the Nursing Evidence Based Practice and Research Council and Leadership and Coordinating Council. Last year, she completed the Clinical Scholars Program at Maine Medical Center. Her project focused on better control of blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.

DeSanctis has been employed at Stephens Memorial Hospital on the medical/surgical department since 2004.

She earned her nursing degree from Central Maine Technical College and is pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing degree from USM. She participates in the Nursing Clinical Advancement Council.

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