Nursing: Pain Assessment and Management for Michigan Nurses

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About the Course

In the United  States, pain is viewed as a public health crisis and has an impact on the physical, psychological and social aspects of individuals experiencing pain (United States Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS] National Inter-Agency Task Force Report, 2019). Each individual’s response to pain is unique and is influenced by biological factors, psychological and emotional factors, social factors, and previous experiences of pain (Ireland & Lalkhen, 2019).  This course provides nurses with an overview of the physiology of pain and differentiates between acute and chronic pain. The course focuses on assessment and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities for the patient experiencing pain.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Recall the definition, the nature, the impact, and the expression of pain.
  • Differentiate between nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
  • Discuss the physiology of pain.
  • Choose the appropriate pain assessment tool for individual clients based upon cognitive abilities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of various treatments for acute and chronic pain, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities.
  • Discuss the special considerations for pain management in populations such as the elderly, pediatric, and those who are addicts or at risk for addiction.
  • Select appropriate educational information for patients regarding pain management.
  • Discuss barriers to adequate treatment of pain.

About the Author:
Ann M. Schreier, PhD, RN

Dr. Schreier received her BSN from Boston University, an MSN from University of California - San Francisco, and her PhD from Stanford University. She is currently a professor at East Carolina University, College of Nursing in the Nursing Science Department. She is a past president of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing.

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