ABOUT the National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2009 (NDNKSF)

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The National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2009 (NDNKSF) has been developed to assist all registered nurses to demonstrate that they are adequately prepared to provide the required care and education for the person with diabetes and related co-morbidities, whatever their practice setting. To promote best practice the NDNKSF is linked to national guidelines, standards of practice and the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s competencies for registration.

The framework identifies a number of knowledge and skill levels for nurses working in diabetes -

  • Fundamental
  • Generalist
  • Specialty Diabetes Nurses
  • Specialist Diabetes Nurses


This diabetes knowledge programme is provided by the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) and supported by the Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses specialty college of NZNO, and has been endorsed and included in the Ministry of Health Diabetes Services Tier Two Service Specification.

This programme addresses the fundamental and generalist levels of the framework. It is designed to assist in developing knowledge and skills to enhance care and work effectively with people and whãnau / families who live with diabetes. This programme and the NDNKSF are two of the many tools enabling development of capability in providing diabetes care. They do not sit alone but rather within the context of having annual updates, utilising and working alongside local expertise, and other such activities.

Assessment, NZSSD Certificate of Completion and professional development hours
Along with the reading materials and formative self-tests, there is an opportunity to complete a summative assessment. The assessment requires a pass rate of 85%, and on achieving this a NZSSD Certificate of Completion and acknowledgement of 7 hours professional development is awarded. NZSSD clinical members have designed the questions in the assessment so that the content is thoroughly understood and that participants have taken the time to reflect on it and have had the opportunity to use the knowledge in working with patients.


We encourage you to continue this journey increasing your knowledge and skills and supporting the person with diabetes in self-care to the best of their ability.

“Ko koe ki tenã, ko ahau ki tenei, kiwai o te kete”
“You hold that handle and I’ll lift this handle, and together
 we can carry the kete”.