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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.


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 | Effects of Chemical Substances | Common Terminology | Potential Complications
  • Pain Assessment
    Common Issues | Assessment Strategies | Techniques for Pediatric Patients
  • Pharmacological Interventions, Part 1
    Multimodal Analgesia | Nonsteroidas | Commonly Used Opioids | Administration
  • Pharmacological Interventions, Part 2
    Conversion vs. Equilanalgesic Charts | Spine and Brain Stimulation | Intractable Pain
  • Surgical/Invasive Interventions
    Intra-Arterial Techniques | Sprine and Brain Stimulation | Intractable Pain

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

  • Complementary Interventions
  • Foundations of Pain: Neuropathic Pain
    Common Symptoms | Assessment Strategies | Best Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Management
  • Foundations of Pain: Common Pain Syndromes
    Cancer Association | Surgical Management of Back Pain | Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Foundations of Pain: Addiction
    Reasons for Behavoirs | Patients with Substance Abuse Issues
  • Crisis Situations/Ethics
    Suicidal Potential | Principle of Double Effect Research
  • Teaching, Education and Collaboration
    Key Points for Patient and Family | Involving Other Healthcare Professionals