This instructional course has been designed to provide current concepts and skills related to pain management. As research sheds light on pain management issues and treatment methods, healthcare professionals are expected to maintain competency in assessing and treating their patients’ pain, as well as managing the side effects of those pain control interventions. The national opioid abuse epidemic has changed the manner in which pain management education is conducted. The state of Oregon requires all healthcare professionals to complete 6 hours of continuing education on the subject of pain management, palliative care and end of life care, or a combination of both, to be completed prior to license renewal. This pain management online course satisfies the 6-hour requirement for all nurses (RN, LPN, and NP).
Oregon also requires, in addition to the 6 hours, a specific one-hour, web-based pain education course called Changing the Conversation about Pain, provided only by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC). This course can be accessed at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/csi-pmc/pages/index.aspx
State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of parenteral pain control measures. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Scope of the Issue
Chapter 2: Descriptions of Pain
Chapter 3: Pain Assessment
Chapter 4: Non-Pharmacologic Interventions
Chapter 5: Pharmacologic Interventions
Chapter 6: Drug Misuse, Abuse and Diversion
Chapter 7: Education and Documentation
Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.Read Full Bio