Amy Boothe, RN, never doubts the importance of her work, not when nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million have pre-diabetes. Amy is committed to teaching people how to live with, or in some cases prevent, diabetes. She joined San Luis Valley Health last month as the second diabetes educator on staff for the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP).
Because the San Luis Valley has one of the highest rates of diabetes in Colorado, she and Doris Erskine, RN, have a big job, especially when it comes to helping patients understand their disease. “A lot of people think diabetes is caused by eating a bunch of sugar and it’s not,” Amy says. “Some think if they’re on insulin, they can eat whatever they want, but diabetes affects the whole body, not just the sugar level.”
A nurse since 2004, Amy recently completed her MSN and has focused most of her career on diabetes. She is happy to now be part of DEEP, which is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In only four sessions, the educators provide comprehensive lessons for pre-diabetes patients, Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes patients – helping individuals live healthier lives by teaching them what they need to know about topics such as nutrition, insulin, glucometers and medical supervision. To participate, patients must have a referral from their primary care provider.
Amy believes that good healthcare is more than simply giving somebody medicine. “I want to help them understand their own bodies so they can improve their health,” she says. “I just love helping people.”