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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s): Germin Fahim, PharmD, BCPS
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN
  • Michele Matthews, PharmD, CPE, BCACP, FASHP
Item#: N1741
Contents: 1 Course Book (102 pages)
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Pain Management Essentials

Price $11.95
Item # N1741
High-Level Content
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Release Date: November 30, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019

Pain affects more than 100 million people in the United States. To address the multifactorial aspects of pain, a multimodal approach—using nonpharmacological, pharmacological, and supportive care modalities to manage different types of pain—has been the recommendation according to the most recent guidelines.

Challenges identified among healthcare providers, including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), are professional knowledge gaps on effective treatment for pain and practicing in professional silos when managing patients who suffer from pain. Collaboration among healthcare providers, interprofessional continuing education, and improved patient communication and empowerment are needed to manage pain appropriately. Furthermore, APRNs have a meaningful and growing opportunity to ensure patients are managed appropriately—balancing pain management and abuse—as they will always encounter those with pain, whether or not it is the patient’s primary issue.

The purpose of this course is to provide evidenced-based information of nonpharmacological and pharmacological therapies for appropriate pain management using a multimodal approach. This course is designed for APRNs practicing in any setting to be able to recommend different modalities to manage those suffering from different types of pain.


Michigan Nurses with licenses expiring after 3/31/18 - This course does not fulfill the entire 2-hour pain and symptom management requirement. Please see course N1807, Pain and Addiction: Biology, Psychology, and Management which will fulfill the entire requirement.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1721 Pain Management Therapies: Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Modalities.

Orthopedic Nurses – ONCB has approved this course for 1 Category A contact hours toward recertification.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the physiology, pathophysiology, and different types of pain.
  • Define multimodal pain management and describe its advantages in treating pain.


Germin Fahim, PharmD, BCPS, completed her doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree at Jefferson School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, She completed a postgraduate year 1 residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. Her postgraduate year 2 residency specialized in drug information at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which is affiliated with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. After completing 2 years of residency, Dr. Fahim accepted a position as clinical assistant professor at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University where she co-teaches various courses including Drug Information. Additionally, she precepts sixth-year PharmD students at her practice site, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, where she also performs regular pain rounds with an advance practice registered nurse. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.


Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN, completed her MSN/FNP at Michigan State University in 1987 and earned a PhD in nursing at the University of Kentucky in 2004. Throughout her nursing career she has had a variety of clinical experience. She is dual board certified in family medicine and pediatrics and maintains an active practice at the Polk Dalton: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic. She was named medical director of the Chronic Opioid Assessment and Treatment Clinic in 2016. Dr. Daniels is currently on faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.  Michele Matthews, PharmD, CPE, BCACP, FASHP, is an associate professor of pharmacy practice at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts, and practices as an advanced pharmacist practitioner in pain management at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston. She participates in team-based care of patients with chronic noncancer pain at Brigham and Women’s Pain Management Center. She has implemented a pharmacist run chronic pain management clinic within the hospital’s primary care center, where she has prescriptive authority under collaborative drug therapy management for patients with various chronic pain syndromes. She additionally works within a collaborative care model as a care manager to improve the management of opioid abuse and alcohol dependence within the primary care setting. Dr. Matthews is a certified pain educator and a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist. She actively conducts research on interprofessional education for pain management and is a co-investigator for a Center of Excellence in Pain Education grant that has been awarded by the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium.

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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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