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Release Date: April 13, 2018
Expiration Date: April 30, 2021
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with current knowledge about substance use disorders and the management of pain with opioids. Upon completing of this course, the learner will be able to describe the measures used to predict risk for substance use disorders in patients as well as the mechanism of action of opioids and their safe use for the management of mild to severe and acute chronic pain. With this knowledge, the nurse learner will be able to both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective pain treatment based upon current, scientific evidence.
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1776, Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition.
- Describe the range of substance use disorders and identify measures to predict risk for substance use disorders.
- Describe the mechanism of action of opioids and their safe use with patients.
- Discuss the opioids indicated for management of mild to severe acute and chronic pain, the differences between sustained- and immediate-release preparations, and nursing interventions for managing the patient receiving opioids.
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.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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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