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)

Details
Learning Type:
Instructor-Led Course

Hours: 12.00

Duration: 6 Weeks

Session Start Dates:
Apr 17
May 15
Jun 12
Jul 17

About the Instructor

Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC 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, MPH, has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.

These authors/presenters are the Co-CEOs of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC. They have no affiliation or financial involvement that conflicts with the material or information presented in this activity. No commercial support has been received for this activity. All applicable local, regional, state, and/or national laws and regulations have been followed in the development and delivery of this activity.

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.

Pain Assessment and Management: Theory and Assessment Principles

Pain is the fifth vital sign and its assessment is crucial in the comprehensive care of every patient. Pain is a subjective concept and is whatever the client says it is. 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.

Pain Assessment and Management: Interventions and Treatment

Pain Assessment and Management: Interventions and Treatment

Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Surgery, Cancer, and HIV

Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Surgery, Cancer, and HIV

Pain Assessment and Management: Management in the Adult—Acute and Chronic Pain

Pain Assessment and Management: Management in the Adult—Acute and Chronic Pain

Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Children and The Elderly

Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Children and The Elderly

Pain Assessment and Management: Treatment at the End of Life

Pain Assessment and Management: Treatment at the End of Life

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Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
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Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

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.

The class was great. I learned a lot about Pain Assessment and Management that I didn't know about before.

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.