Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Ann Schreier, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s):Janette (Jan) Elliott, RN-BC, MS, AOCN
Item#: N1697
Contents: 1 Course Book (24 pages)
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Nursing Considerations for Acute Pain

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Item # N1697
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, content hours will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 7/31/2017.

Release Date: February 12, 2016

Expiration Date: July 31, 2017

Acute pain is something everyone has experienced to varying degrees and typically related to procedures or with traumas. Acute pain activates the stress response, which causes the release of cortisol, bringing on physiological and psychological responses. These responses include anxiety, fear, hyperglycemia, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and increased oxygen consumption. In addition, tissue damage activates the inflammatory response. Inflammation activates nociceptors and increases blood flow, vascular permeability, and the migration of neutrophils and cytokines to the site of injury. Inadequate pain management for persons who have experienced major surgery or trauma frequently results in complications such as pneumonia and delayed healing, as well as a possible increase in length of stay. Nurses advocate and manage acute pain and collaborate with the healthcare team to effectively treat pain with administration of analgesics and nonpharmacological modalities. This course presents the physiological response to pain and management of acute pain so that the nurse can effectively intervene for the patient experiencing acute pain.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition (Item #N1457) and Management of Acute and Recurrent Pain (Item #N1558).
Michigan - fulfills entire pain and pain symptom management requirement.

Course Objectives
  • Discuss common procedures that result in pain.
  • Describe two nursing interventions to increase comfort and reduce anxiety during painful procedures.
  • Cite two evidence-based nursing interventions for treatment of postoperative pain.
  • Identify types of trauma that result in acute pain.
  • Cite two evidence-based nursing interventions for the treatment of acute musculoskeletal injuries and burns.

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 the 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 the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Dr. Schreier is a speaker on the topic of pain management for nurses and is the project coordinator for a webinar educational series for Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (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 the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Dental Association, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and International Nurses Society on Addictions. Dr. Schreier is active in advocacy for pain management.

Janette (Jan) Elliott, RN-BC, MS, AOCN, is a clinical nurse specialist at the VA’s Palo Alto Health Care System and is the clinical coordinator for the VA’s Palo Alto Pain Clinic. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Nursing Services for 28 years, including more than two decades with the Pain Clinic. She received her bachelor of science degree from Sacramento State University and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She is one of the master faculty for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and helped write both editions of the Pain Management Nursing Core Curriculum.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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