Nursing: Assessment of Pain in Special Populations

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About the Course

This course provides the learner with knowledge about pain and nursing care for premature infants, older adults, and patients with developmental delays.  The course also presents the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of acute and chronic pain for patients in these special populations. With this knowledge, the learner will be able to educate diverse patient groups about pain and advocate for safe and effective pain treatment based upon scientific evidence.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • 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.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition.

About the Author:
Ann Schreier, PhD, RN

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 the 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 the American Society for Pain Management Nurses and serves on the editorial board of Pain Management Nursing. Dr. Schreier is active in advocacy for pain management.

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