Nursing: Chronic Pain: A National Problem

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About the Course

This course provides current information about the pathophysiology of pain, the differences between acute and chronic pain, chronic pain assessment, and chronic pain management. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Define terms related to pain management.
  • Differentiate among the various pain theories.
  • Describe the physiology of pain as it relates to pain mechanisms and pain pathways.
  • Differentiate between acute and chronic pain.
  • Explain the impact of chronic pain.
  • Perform a pain assessment.
  • Discuss pharmacologic treatment measures for chronic pain.
  • Discuss nonpharmacologic treatment measures for chronic pain.
  • Describe key points of nursing considerations related to chronic pain management.

About the Author: 

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Dr. Avillion is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and published health care education author. She is the owner and CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business devoted to helping nurses maintain competency and enhance their professional growth and development. Dr. Avillion earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS from Penn State University, along with a BSN from Bloomsburg University. She has served in various nursing roles over her career in both leadership roles and as a bedside clinical nurse. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development.

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