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Staff Spotlight: Maria Wagner, BSN, RN

Friday, July 27, 2018
By Blair Callahan
Maria Wagner

This week's staff spotlight shines on Maria Wagner, BSN, RN. Wagner is a nurse at Duke Children's Specialty Services of Raleigh and has been a passionate advocate for her diabetes patients--her special connection with them keeps her motivated every day to help them with the challenges they face.

Fueled by her own experience with type 1 diabetes, Maria Wagner, BSN, RN, is leading the charge to help her patients with diabetes.

Wagner, a nurse at Duke Children’s Specialty Services of Raleigh, has been a passionate advocate for her diabetes patients, and her special connection with them keeps her motivated every day to help them with challenges they face.

“I can relate to these patients and form strong professional relationships that help me deliver personalized care,” she said. “There are many obstacles people with diabetes face on a daily basis, and I know my experience can help me propose solutions to these challenges.”

Wagner entered one of her ideas for an activity tracker in the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit at Stanford University. Her innovative tracker idea could connect people with diabetes to others in the community and help them reach their fitness and health goals. The group agreed it was an excellent idea and selected it as one of the top 10 spotlighted ideas at their annual summit.

Her own diabetes helps her innovate for patients.

“There is a special connection between those with type 1 diabetes, and I want all people with diabetes to experience the unique friendships that arise with sharing such challenges,” she said. “Through my activity tracker idea, patients could connect with others around them and feel more comfortable dealing with their chronic disease.”

Wagner won a Strength, Hope & Caring Award for her efforts to constantly connect with and help her patients.

“It means a lot that my efforts were recognized, and it motivates me to continue to learn about new ways to help the diabetes community,” she said. “It’s important to me to let these children know that diabetes is not a disease that they have to fight alone.”