Ms. Flinchum is an advanced practice nurse with forty years' experience in staff and patient/community diabetes self-management education. She has held the position of Clinical Nurse Specialist-Diabetes Educator at La Porte Hospital (formerly Indiana University La Porte Hospital) since 2007 and is currently program coordinator for the outpatient diabetes self-management program, in addition to maintaining inpatient diabetes clinical nurse specialist responsibilities. Ms. Flinchum holds board certification as an adult clinical nurse specialist, holds board certification in advanced diabetes management, and is a certified diabetes educator. Throughout her career, she has served as preceptor and mentor for numerous undergraduate and graduate nursing students attending various universities. She is a past recipient of the American Association of Diabetes Educators' Advocacy Award in recognition of her efforts resulting in the passage of diabetes licensure legislation in her home state. She is also a recipient of the Daisy award for excellence in nursing.
In addition to her focus on diabetes, she has extensive experience in developing and presenting continuing education offerings on a wide variety of medical-surgical and critical care topics and has presented posters at local and national meetings. Ms. Flinchum completed training in transitional care nursing through the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently successfully championed the establishment of a transitional care service at IU Health La Porte Hospital. She has also completed post-graduate coursework in evidence-based practice, pharmacology, and advanced practice clinical practicums. Ms. Flinchum is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Valparaiso University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, the Society of Nursing for Advanced Practice, and local, state, and national chapters of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In addition, she serves on the Northwest Indiana Research Consortium and various other professional committees and organizations.