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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Ann Schreier, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Item#: N1924
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
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Assessment of Pain in Special Populations

Price $17.95
Item # N1924
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Release Date: June 12, 2018

Expiraiton Date: June 30, 2021

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with current knowledge about pain and nursing care for premature infants, older adults, and patients with developmental delays. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of pain assessment for patients in these populations and identify evidence-based assessment for patients whose cognitive impairment, age, or level of consciousness makes them incapable of reporting their pain. The learner will also  demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of acute and chronic pain as well as treatment of pain for patients in these special populations.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1776, Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition.

Michigan - fulfills entire pain and pain symptom management requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Identify an appropriate pain assessment measure for premature infants or neonates.
  • Identify an appropriate measure of pain for the person with a developmental delay.
  • List common painful conditions experienced by older adults.
  • Identify an instrument to assess pain in the older adult with a cognitive impairment.

Ann Schreier, PhD, RN, is a professor at East Carolina University (ECU) 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 in hospice. This clinical experience has motivated Dr. Schreier to study and promote best practices in pain management. She is actively engaged in research with studies examining the relationship between pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and anxiety of breast cancer survivors and the development of interventions to assist cancer patients cope with pain and co-occurring symptoms. In her 25 years of experience as a faculty member at East Carolina University, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students. By her colleagues, she is considered an expert in the education of nurses in pain management. She has extensively lectured about pain management at a local, regional and national level. In 2017, she received ECU’s Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award for her outstanding contributions to mentoring of doctoral students in their research. She is a past president of American Society for Pain Management Nurses.. She serves on the editorial board of Pain Management Nursing. Dr. Schreier is active in advocacy for pain management.

Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN, is a tenured professor and serves as the associate dean for academics at University of Connecticut School of Nursing in Storrs, CT. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University (BSN) and Loyola University Chicago (MSN and PhD). She has been practicing in acute care settings for the past twenty years, coordinating the pain management of patients across age groups and settings. She directs the P20 Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management at UConn School of Nursing, where she coordinates interdisciplinary team science and oversees the development and implementation of cutting-edge nursing research. Her program of research focuses on symptom science, gaining a deeper understanding of the biobehavioral mechanisms underlying chronic symptoms and the development and testing of nursing interventions to help relieve suffering and improve quality of life.

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  • 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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