Nursing: Nonpharmacologic Pain Management

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About the Course

This course provides content on non-pharmacologic treatment modalities of acute and chronic pain, including non-pharmacologic physical and cognitive behavioral modalities for pain management and indications for these therapies. With this knowledge, nurses will be able to both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective non-pharmacologic pain treatment based upon scientific evidence.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Identify barriers to patient use of non-pharmacologic approaches.
  • Recognize contraindications of thermal therapy.
  • Identify conditions for which exercise is indicated for chronic pain management.
  • Name the theory that led to the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation units.
  • Identify conditions for which massage therapy is appropriate.
  • Recognize cognitive behavioral techniques for chronic pain management.

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 hospice and this clinical experience has motivated her 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 ECU, 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 local, regional and national levels. 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 and is active in advocacy for pain management.

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