Certificate in Pain Assessment and Management
Pain assessment and management is a crucial part of compassionate and effective patient care. Many providers, patients, patients' families, and regulatory agencies are requiring health care providers to be more accurate with their pain assessment skills and more effective in their pain management strategies. Scientific advancements in the understanding of the mechanisms of pain, multidisciplinary methods of assessment and management, and the improvement of medications to treat pain have contributed to the wealth of knowledge in this area.
This certificate program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals who work with patients who are in pain. By providing an educational experience that examines key issues related to pain assessment and management, this certificate program will gives you the relevant and practical information you'll need to improve your practice and provide the most effective care to your patients. (12 contact hours)
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ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).
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Sections of this course will discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
Expiration Date: 6/10/2020
Duration: 6 Weeks
Session Start Dates:
About the Instructor
Cyndie Koopsen is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of “Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.”
Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes research experience, workshop presentations, and instruction. She has designed, developed, and instructed numerous integrative health programs for diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. Young is the co-author of “Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.”
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Theory and Assessment Principles
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of pain. The types and physiology of pain, variables that affect it, and the assessment process are discussed. Strategies for conducting a complete pain assessment, barriers to assessment, the role of culture, and documentation are also examined.
Interventions and Treatment
The goal of this course is to provide you with knowledge on interventions and treatments related to pain assessment and management.
Management in Special Populations—Surgery, Cancer, and HIV
The goal of this course is to help you learn to manage pain in special populations including patients who have recently had surgery and those with cancer or HIV.
Management in the Adult—Acute and Chronic Pain
The goal of this course is to provide you with knowledge on management of pain in adults for both acute and chronic pain.
Management in Special Populations—Children and The Elderly
The goal of this course is to provide you with knowledge on children and the elderly related to pain assessment and management.
Treatment at the End of Life
The goal of this course is to help you learn about pain assessment and management in end-of-life care.
Integrative Therapies for Cancer Pain Management
The goal of this course is to help you learn about the numerous options for cancer pain management, ranging from more traditional pharmacological treatments to integrative therapies, including complementary and alternative modalities.
- Internet access
- One of the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
- Google Chrome
- Adobe PDF plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Java. Click here to download Java.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
I am an LPN working on my RN and I found this information to be very helpful. Every person has to have their pain accessed and I feel that I can now be more proficient in my ability in helping the client in pain.
I have gained more knowledge in assessment and identifying different kinds of pain and I was able to apply it in my daily tasked as medical-surgical nurse by not being bias and that my goal is to use interventions in a timely manner to prevent pain from recurring.
When treating children with pain, I now understand the important role narcotics can play. Narcotics can avoid unnecessary pain and suffering in children (and their parents) when given correctly.
I feel this course is very effective in communicating essential data to achieve the goal of reducing pain in the patient and developing a comprehensive pain plan.
When examining a patient, I will not judge them if they do not present classic symptoms of pain, as everyone experiences and presents pain in different ways.
I enjoyed the thorough information of each topic.
I am more aware of pain management given in different situations such as treating children, adults and the elderly. There are different methods in treating pain in each age group that we should take into consideration.