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Pain Management in Nursing

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Course Overview

Pain Management in Nursing
Morgan Curry

Author: Molina Allen

Pain is a subjective, complicated symptom that afflicts every human at some point in their lives. Managing pain within healthcare settings is a challenge and must take into consideration patient-centered preferences, treatment goals, as well as guidelines and laws from governing bodies. For many years, opioids were the first line of defense against acute and chronic pain conditions. With the opioid crisis, this mindset has been required to change.  

Course Outline

  1. Epidemiology of Pain  
  2. Statistics
  3. What is Pain and Why Does It Occur? 
  4. Identifying Types of Pain
  5. Physical and Psychological Elements of Pain
  6. Psychological Responses 
  7. Pain Management
  8. Pharmacological Pain Treatments 
  9. Non-Pharmacological Treatment
  10. Federal Laws on Opioid Prescribing and Use
  11. Drug Classification and Schedule 
  12. CDC Guidelines and Recommendations on Prescribing and Use 
  13. Drug Diversion Within the Healthcare System 
  14. Risks of Opioid Use and Misuse
  15. Perceived Barriers to Pain Management
  16. Nursing Considerations and Interventions 
  17. Pain Assessment and Screening Tools 
  18. Nursing Interventions Related to Pain 
  19. Conclusion
  20. References 

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 pain management. It will take the average learner 120 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 contributing factors and consequences of the opioid crisis in the United States.
  2. Define pain, including pathophysiology, stages, types, and risk factors.
  3. Recognize multimodal pain treatment options including pharmacological, non-pharmacological and behavioral modification options.  
  4. Differentiate psychological and physiological elements related to 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)

Dislcosure 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: March 02, 2021

Course Expires on: March 02, 2024

Course Offering: #35