Caroline Trapp, DNP (that’s Doctor of Nursing Practice to you and me), is the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), as well as a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes in Michigan.
Trapp is a passionate advocate for the role of nurses in educating and empowering patients on lifestyle medicine to combat chronic disease, particularly diabetes.
She points out that the founder of modern, science-based nursing, Florence Nightingale, including two chapters on nutrition in her Notes on Nursing.
The largest workforce in healthcare, nurses are experts in patient education, making them the ideal profession to carry the message of plant-based healing of disease.
Trapp sees two ways for nurses to make a difference in terms of their patients’ diets and health outcomes:
- incorporating plant-based eating into their own lives, as role models
- getting educated on how to educate their patients
The current diabetes best practice, tight control of blood glucose levels, is tragically inadequate. Patients with good numbers still go blind, have heart attacks, and need kidney dialysis on a regular basis. We can do much better, Trapp asserts.
We chatted about the obstacles faced by the medical profession to empowering patients with lifestyle tools. We looked at medical education, particularly the continuing medical “education” provided by pharmaceutical reps (along with free food and goodies) to medical practices around the country.
We also discussed her work bringing plant-based eating to the Navajo nation, and how to make what could be perceived as a hippie, vegan diet culturally acceptable to native peoples.
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