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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Shannon Van House Achieves Certified Diabetes Educator Status

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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Shannon Van House Achieves Certified Diabetes Educator Status

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The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Shannon Van House, RN, CWOCN, CDE, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be able to take the examination. Achieving certification status demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the healthcare professional possesses the distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are over 19,500 diabetes educators who hold the NCBDE credential.

Van House joins Claxton-Hepburn’s Certified Diabetes Educator Karen Cole, RN, BSN, CWOCN, who are the only two CDE’s providing diabetes education in St. Lawrence County. Claxton-Hepburn’s Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program first earned American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognition status in 2002, and currently maintains that prestigious recognition, and is the only ADA recognized program in St. Lawrence County. According to Van House and Cole, the Medical Center’s DSME program saw about 350 participants in 2017, a 19% increase from 2016.

Van House started her career at Claxton-Hepburn in 2011, where she worked in the Intensive Care Unit. She joined the Diabetes Education Department in 2014. Van House is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and a certified wound, ostomy and incontinence nurse, with experience in the treatment of diabetic wounds. Van House adds being a certified tobacco treatment specialist to her credentials.

NCBDE is a national non-for-profit certification organization that is responsible for overseeing the certification program for diabetes educators and awarding the CDE credential to qualified individuals. The CDE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to self-manage their disease. NCBDE’s mission is to promote comprehensive and ongoing quality diabetes education and support by defining, developing, maintaining, and protection the certification and credentialing process. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements. For more information about the NCBDE, visit For more information about diabetes services provided at Claxton-Hepburn, visit us at Your tomorrow is worth defending.

Shown in the photo with her certificate of achievement is VanHouse.