(12 contact hours) This certificate provides an overview of the mechanisms of pain, the multidisciplinary methods of assessment, management, and treatment of pain, which include adults, children, and the elderly with cancer related and non-cancer related pain.
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 online course 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 course will give 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)
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- 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.Pain assessment and management is a crucial part of patient care. This course provides relevant and practical expertise in various methods of pain assessment, management, and treatment in adults, children, and the elderly.
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.
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, accreditation consultation, 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 (with Caroline Young) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.
Caroline Young, M.P.H., 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 (with Cyndie Koopsen) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.