• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Nursing Home Administration
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Ann Schreier, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary Louise Kanaskie, MS, RN-BC, AOCN
Item#: N1616
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)

Assessment of Pain in Special Populations

Price $14.95
Item # N1616
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Available in NEW AUDIO BOOK course format. 

When you purchase the audio book format, you will also automatically receive the online version, enabling you to complete the exam and receive credit.

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Performing a pain assessment is routine for many nurses. However, identifying pain and evaluating the effectiveness of pain treatments can be a challenge in patients that are non-verbal, confused or who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. These individuals may not recognize their own pain and are at risk for inadequate assessment of pain. This informative continuing education course for nurses shares numerous tools and instruments as well as techniques that can be used to assess pain in special populations such as neonates, infants, children, older adults and patients with cognitive impairments and/or developmental disabilities. 

Michigan Nurses: This course fulfills your entire pain and symptom management requirement.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 1 hours through March 23, 2017.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition (N1457)

Course Objectives

  • Discuss one factor that determines the developmental appropriateness of a pain intensity measure for children.
  • Identify an appropriate pain assessment measure for premature infants and neonates.
  • Describe one behavioral indicator of pain in the person with a developmental delay.
  • Identify two common painful conditions experienced by older adults.
  • Describe one barrier to effective pain assessment in the older adult.
  • Identify one instrument to assess pain in the cognitively impaired older adult.
Ann Schreier, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at East Carolina University College of Nursing in Greenville NC. Dr. Schreier received her BSN degree from Boston University an MSN from University of California San Francisco and her PhD from Stanford University. Dr. Schreier has clinical experience in oncology and she has worked in hospice. This clinical experience has motivated Dr. Schreier to study and promote pain management. She is a past president of American Society for Pain Management Nurses. Dr. Schreier is a speaker on the topic of pain management for nurses and is the project coordinator for a webinar educational series for prescribers' clinical support system for opioids (PCSS-O). This series provides education regarding safe use of opioids for chronic pain and treatment of persons with opioid dependence and is a collaborative project that includes: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry American Dental Association American Medical Association American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine American Psychiatric Association and American Society for Pain Management Nursing and International Nurses Society on Addictions. Dr. Schreier is active in advocacy for pain management.
Mary Louise Kanaskie, MS, RN-BC, AOCN, has been a nurse educator for over 25 years with experience in oncology and medical/surgical nursing. In this role, she designs, implements, and evaluates basic and advanced education programs and specialty courses related to oncology and medical-surgical nursing. Ms. Kanaskie has taught courses on acute and chronic pain assessment and management strategies, as well as nonpharmacologic interventions for chronic pain. She also facilitates Palliative Care Nursing courses at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA in which pain assessment and management for all age groups is a major area of content.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.