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Pain Management Nursing Exam Review

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Course Description

This course will prepare the nurse experienced in pain management to successfully complete the exam. The course provides information for the pain management nurse, covering each of the topics on the test plan along with information on the pathophysiology of pain transmission, pain terminology and assessment of pain interventions, including the ethical issues in pain management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Develop an understanding of the normal pain pathways and the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways to diminish these pathways.
  • Relate pain assessment to interventions and outcomes, including acute, chronic and end-of-life pain.
  • Perform more complete pain assessments, and interact with patients to improve coping and pain management.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Foundations of Pain: Pathophysiology of Pain
    Pathways | Effects of Chemical Substances | Common Terminology | Potential Complications
  • Foundations of Pain: Neuropathic Pain
    Common Symptoms | Assessment Strategies | Best Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management
  • Foundations of Pain: Common Pain Syndromes
    Cancer Association | Surgical Management of Back Pain | Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Foundations of Pain: Addictions
    Reasons for Drug-Seeking | Patients with Substance Abuse 
  • Teaching, Education and Collaboration
    Key Points for Patient and Family Education | Collaboration with Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Crisis Situation/Ethics
    Suicide Potential | Principle of Double Effect

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Pain Assessment
    Common Issues | Tools | Techniques for Pediatric Patients
  • Pharmacological Interventions
    Side Effects of Opioids, Non-Steroidals | Conversion vs. Equilanalgesic Charts | Commonly Used Opioids, Administration | Adjuvant Therapy
  • Surgical/Invasive Interventions
    Intra-Arterial Techniques | Spine and Brain Stimulation | Intractable Pain
  • Complementary Interventions