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Diabetes Education and Research Center

Diabetes Prevention and Management

Diabetes is a national health crisis. In fact, it is the fastest growing disease in the United States today. According to the Centers for Disease Control, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 21 seconds.

Type 2 diabetes, formerly referred to as adult-onset diabetes, is a serious epidemic caused by obesity is becoming more prevalent across all age groups every single day. What is most distressing is that diabetes is affecting the lives of our youngest members of society — even our elementary school aged children. The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Diabetes Education and Research Center is committed to providing innovative programs to slow down and prevent the effect of diabetes within our community.

Our Vision

As a center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing our Vision is: “ to advance the body of Caring Knowledge in nursing through education, practice, research and scholarship to transform care locally, nationally, and globally."

DERC Mission Statement

The overall goal of the Diabetes Education and Research Center (DERC) is to provide and evaluate a comprehensive program of family and community centered diabetes education and care for children and adults who are at risk for diabetes or its complications without regard for the person’s ability to pay. Essential goals also include multidisciplinary education and training of university students in various professional disciplines with particular emphasis on the preparation of nursing professionals.

The Florida Atlantic University Diabetes Education and Research Center can help in preventing or living with diabetes; call us at 561-803-8880 for an appointment. We provide a comprehensive holistic multidisciplinary team approach to prevent, treat, and manage diabetes. The Florida Atlantic University Diabetes Center is funded by Palm Healthcare Foundation.

The Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center

The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center is a unique Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and is grounded in the College's concept of caring. Our mission is to meet the complex needs of persons with memory disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, and their families through a comprehensive array of services, compassionate and innovative programs of care, research and education. Our intention is to treat each person with dignity and respect, enabling each client to function at his or her personal best and to maximize quality of life.

In addition to service, the Center conducts research on best practices in care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and caregiver support. We also provide practicum experiences for students of nursing, medicine, social work, exercise science, communication disorders, health administration and other disciplines.


The Center opened in November 2001 with a start-up grant from the National Institute of Health, Administration on Aging. The Center moved into its new building in December 2004. Funding for the facility came from a very generous gift from Louis and Anne Green which was matched by the State of Florida. The building was specifically designed to house a diagnostic clinic, a dementia-specific adult day center, counseling and educational activities and research activities.

In 2005 the Memory and Wellness Center became a State-designated Memory Disorder Clinic under the State of Florida's Alzheimer's Disease Initiative. As such, the Center participates actively in the State network of 15 Memory Disorder Clinics.

Professional Practice Lab

The Professional Practice Lab at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing provides space, equipment, supplies, and instructor support to serve the learning needs of nursing students. The purpose of the lab is to provide a safe, nurturing and non-threatening environment where nursing students can come to practice technological and physical assessment skills. The Professional Practice Lab has extensive resources of books, videos, and computer-based learning modules; several open computers with internet and printing capability; and three assessment rooms which are all available for student use. Additionally, customized simulation experiences can be created to provide enhanced understanding of nursing concepts and skills. Students are expected to behave in a professional manner during nursing practice experiences.

The Professional Practice Lab is located in room NU 218 on the Boca Campus. Open learning hours are scheduled for each semester. Since we encourage students to come and use this space and its resources as much as possible, additional appointment times can always be scheduled with the Professional Practice Lab Coordinator to meet specific learning needs.

General Guidelines

The guidelines listed below are designed to facilitate the use of the Professional Practice Lab:

  • A faculty member or teaching assistant must be present at all times when the Professional Practice Lab is in use.
  • Students may not remove any of the audiovisual materials, technological, or physical assessment equipment from the lab. Materials in the lab are learning resources.
  • All materials used should be returned to their original location prior to leaving the area.
  • All equipment and lights should be turned off upon leaving.

Referral and Use: General Information

Faculty commitment to students includes the referral to resources within both the college and the university. Within the college, the Professional Practice Lab is available to students for review and practice of technological skills in preparation for nursing practice course requirements.

Possible uses of the Professional Practice Lab include:

  • Math practice
  • Assessment of specific systems or general assessment skills
  • Technological skills
  • Competency development and practice
  • Use of the extensive collection of resource materials, including books, videos, computer-based learning modules, task training manikins, and human patient simulators.
  • A place to meet with other students for study groups


Faculty and instructors can refer students to the Professional Practice Lab for additional practice and review of nursing skills and concepts. The faculty member will give the student a referral form as needed. The student will then contact the Professional Practice Lab coordinator for an appointment. Students are to bring the referral form to their scheduled appointment, as it will be signed and sent back to the referring faculty member to communicate learning progress.


Open learning hours will be posted each semester on the College of Nursing website located under Professional Practice Lab under CURRENT STUDENTS, /academics/student-resources/professional-practice-lab/index.php. Additional times can always be scheduled with the Professional Practice Lab Coordinator.

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