Nursing: Pain and Addiction: Biology, Psychology, and Management

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About Course #N1807

Release Date: August 22, 2017

Expiration Date: August 31, 2020

Pain assessment, administration of pain medication, and evaluation of patients' responses to medications all fall within nurses' daily scope of practice. The goal of pain management is to minimize its effects on an individual's functioning and quality of life .Understanding the biology of pain with its neurochemical changes and the influence of subjective variables, such as how individuals describe and rate their pain, helps nurses develop effective pain management plans.

In addition to describing the physiology, pathophysiology, and psychology of pain and discussing types of pain, this course examines the pathology of an addicted brain, with special attention given to opioid medications and the inherent danger of misuse, abuse, and diversion.

The current crisis with opioid addiction has made it imperative that all healthcare providers have the knowledge and expertise to monitor patients for signs and symptoms of addiction, and be able deal effectively with addiction. This course provides nurses with a clear understanding of the mechanisms behind pain and addiction and how, without careful monitoring and timely intervention, pain treatment can lead to addiction. After completing this course, nurses will recognize the factors that intertwine pain management with addiction and be able to apply this knowledge to their relevant practice settings.

Michigan Nurses - This course fulfills your entire pain and symptom management requirement.

About the Author(s)

Judi Daniels, PhD, APRN, completed her MSN/FNP at Michigan State University and earned a PhD in nursing at the University of Kentucky in 2004. Throughout her nursing career she has had a variety of clinical experiences. She is dual board certified in family medicine and pediatrics and is on the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She was named medical director of the Chronic Opioid Assessment and Treatment Clinic in 2016. She has presented on the opioid epidemic and numerous other topics, published extensively, and been recognized as an outstanding nurse educator.

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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