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Hours: 30 Contact Hours(4 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Ann Schreier, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Item#: N1776
Contents: 1 Course Book 
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Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1776
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Release Date: April 25, 2018

Expiration Date: April 30, 2021

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with current knowledge about pain and nursing care for persons experiencing pain. The learner will be able to describe pain assessment for patients across the lifespan and will be able to identify evidence-based assessment for patients whose cognitive impairment, age, or level of consciousness makes them incapable of reporting their pain. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of acute and chronic pain. With this knowledge, the learner will be able to both educate patients and advocate for effective pain treatment.


Michigan - fulfills entire pain and pain symptom management requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the prevalence of pain as well as approaches and barriers to its management and treatment.
  • Discuss the effect of patient and clinician variables on pain and its treatment.
  • Describe the range of substance use disorders and identify measures to predict risk for substance
    use disorders.
  • Identify the primary elements of the peripheral and central nervous system related to pain, the primary
    pain mechanisms, and the difference between nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
  • Describe how to perform a comprehensive pain assessment.
  • Discuss factors that affect assessment of pain in infants, children, older adults, and those with cognitive
    or verbal deficits or developmental delays, along with appropriate assessment measurements for
    each population.
  • Discuss the pharmacologic options for the management of pain and the role of nurses in caring for
    patients receiving nonopioid analgesics.
  • Discuss adjuvant analgesics and the nursing role in caring for persons receiving these medications.
  • 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.
  • Describe nonpharmacologic physical and cognitive behavioral modalities for pain management and
    indications for these therapies.
  • Describe the importance of managing acute and chronic pain with a multidisciplinary approach that
    is congruent with the biopsychosocial model.
  • Describe the nursing care of people experiencing acute pain.
  • Describe nursing care of patients experiencing recurrent pain syndromes.
  • Discuss the difference between chronic and acute pain and the treatment paradigm and interventions
    for chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  • Discuss neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom pain, and the treatment and
    nursing interventions for these conditions.

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.

  • 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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