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Nursing Interventions for Acute Pain Management

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Nursing Interventions for Acute Pain Management

Author: Nicole Galan

Pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek care in a hospital, and it is one of the most distressing symptoms of hospitalized patients. It is also directly linked to a patient’s satisfaction with their care: people are more likely to report being unhappy with their care if they had unrelieved pain during their stay.  

Most importantly, it is our job as nurses and healthcare providers to relieve the pain and suffering of the people in our care. There are legitimate concerns about the overuse and addictive nature of opioid pain relievers, and thankfully there are many alternative options. These non-opioid options for acute pain management include non-opioid pain relievers, complementary techniques, and non-medication strategies. Nurses must regularly assess pain and collaborate with both the patient and provider in order to ensure that timely access to adequate pain relief is a priority of their care.  

This course will discuss the pathophysiology of acute pain, the classification of different types of pain, strategies for a comprehensive pain assessment, and guidelines for treatment. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Prevalence of Acute Pain 
  3. Pathophysiology of Pain 
  4. Classification of Pain 
  5. Performing a Pain Assessment 
  6. Non-Pharmacological Nursing Interventions for Acute Pain 
  7. Analgesics as Nursing Interventions for Acute Pain 
  8. Nursing Care of Patients Receiving Analgesia 
  9. Nursing Interventions for Acute Pain in Special Populations 
  10. Conclusion 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the different nursing interventions for acute pain management. It will take the average learner 180 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify assessment tools that can be used to determine whether a patient is in pain.  
  2. Discuss non-pharmacological and pharmacological methods of treating and managing acute pain. 
  3. Review populations at higher risk for inadequate pain management and strategies to manage their pain.  
  4. Discuss how the nursing process can be used to create a care plan for a patient with acute pain. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: August 12, 2021

Course Expires on: August 12, 2024

Course Offering: #120