Susan De Abate, MSN/ED, BSN, RN

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Team Coordinator, Diabetes Education, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital

Provides leadership to the diabetes team which currently includes operations coordinator and two registered dietitian certified diabetes educators. Manages operations for both outpatient and inpatient programs and expanding services. Currently serves on Tier 1 glycemic steering committee (system), glycemic collaborative (Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital), DRA chair at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and inpatient lead system diabetes educators. Additionally, provides direct education for inpatient and outpatient programs. Education is also provided for staff members. Participating member of COIN Nursing Practice Council, nursing transformation at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patient education
  • Staff education
  • Program coordination


Course work completed for family nurse practitioner
Indiana State University
2010- 2012

Master Science of Nursing with specialization in health care education
University of Phoenix

Bachelor Science of Nursing
University of Phoenix

Undergraduate preliminary course work for BSN
Norfolk State University

RN diploma - nursing program
Jackson Memorial School of Nursing 1975-1978

Other Certifications

  • BLS expires 4/17
  • CDE 2010 -2015 renewed which will start 2016-2020
  • RN license # 0001076124

Highlights of Continuing Education (Abbreviated)

  • AADE annual conference 8/1990-present
  • Diabetes Symposium Annual 2008-present
  • Diabetes Do It Right 3/2010,2012, 2014, 2015
  • Glycemic Control Inpatient Setting 11/2010
  • Certified Insulin Pump Trainer 9/2010
  • Turning the Tides on Diabetes 9/2010
  • Monthly Assorted Diabetes Topics throughout the Year

Supplemental Information

Frequent speaker on diabetes and related topics at the local level and have spoken nationally on diabetes.  Have developed workshops for diabetes with target audiences for health professionals as well as the general public.