• The purpose of this study was to describe how diabetes nurse specialists perceived their role and function in relation to starting adult patients with insulin dependent diabetes on insulin. • Using Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology as a research method, six diabetes nurse specialists were interviewed and the interviews were analysed according to Colaizzi's method of phenomenological inquiry. • Results showed that the diabetes nurses perceived their role to be composed of six themes: educator; promoter of physical skill acquisition; psychological supporter; advocate of individualized care; promoter of self-care; 'safeguard' in assessing and ensuring patient safety. • These results support findings from other studies, that the diabetes nurse specialist role seems to be more complex than descriptions in the nursing literature offer.
- Individualized care
- Patient's safety
- Physical and psychological aspects