ANCC Announces New Certification for Pain Management Nurses (9/20)

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September 20, 2005


Todd Peterson, 301-628-5191

American Nurses Credentialing Center Announces
New Certification for Pain Management Nurses

Silver Spring, MD - September is Pain Awareness Month. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today the inauguration of the first nurse-focused pain management certification available in the United States. The first ANCC Pain Management Nurses will be certified in October 2005. The Pain Management Certification has attracted 385 candidates, a larger group of nurses than any new certification in recent history. ANCC is introducing this important nursing certification in collaboration with the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), the nation's leading organization for nurses committed to improving the way pain is managed.

ANCC's Pain Management Certification assures that the certified nurse has a thorough understanding of pain management. Certified Pain Management Nurses are experts in pain assessment, treatment, side effects and patient education. As Paul Arnstein, PhD, RN, president of ASPMN has noted, "Inherent in the certification process is the validation of a knowledge-base, which builds confidence in the professional with a recognized and valued area of expertise."

Mary Smolenski EdD, APRN,BC FAANP, CAE, ANCC's director of certification, stated that, "Most of ANCC's certifications are related to a particular specialty. Pain Management is unique in that it may be a specialized practice for some nurses, but it is also germane to every nurse's practice. Because of the tremendous interest and applicability, we expect many nurses who are already certified to seek a secondary certification in pain management. The benefit to patients will be significant."

The ANCC Pain Management Certification is available to licensed, registered nurses, whose clinical practice includes work with diverse patient populations experiencing pain. ANCC encourages health care administrators to consider the patient benefits of Pain Management Certification and to support nursing staff in achieving this valuable certification.

About ANCC

ANCC is the nation's leading nursing credentialing organization, offering general and advanced practice certification in over 35 specialty areas. In addition, ANCC offers continuing nursing education contact hours and review course materials through its Institute for Credentialing Innovation, accredits organizations that offer or approve continuing education courses for registered nurses, and promotes excellence in nursing services through its Magnet Recognition Program®. Each ANCC program is offered on an international platform through the ANCC Credentialing International program. The American Nurses Credentialing Center is a related entity of the American Nurses Association. Its Web site can be found at


The American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) is the leading national organization for nurses focused on responding to patient pain. Its mission is: "To advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain." This involves developing and disseminating professional resources; promoting public awareness and advocacy while facilitating access to quality pain management. An additional goal of ASPMN is to promote the professional recognition of Certified Pain Management Nurses as respected, valued and indispensable member of the health care team. Its goal is to ensure that all people have access to health care services that provide quality pain management care. ASPMN has developed position papers; multimedia self-directed learning tools; and a growing variety of venues to promote optimal pain management.

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The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.7 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member nurses associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.