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Treating Pain While Mindful of Opioid Risks

Regular Price: $20.00
Online Course & CNE Credit Expiration: 10/01/2023
1.75 Contact Hours
Presented by Ana

Nurses play a pivotal role in avoiding the negative effects of opioid use for treating acute and chronic pain. Treatment goals should focus on helping the patient return to participating in usual life activities. During this course learn about pain chronification, pain and addiction terminology, treating patients with opioid use disorder, and much more.

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Pain management can be complicated by a number of factors, including individual patient response to pain, which can be affected by previous experiences, genetics, the ability to cope with trauma, underlying mental health conditions, and expectations about pain relief. Nurses can help avoid negative effects of opioids while ensuring patient pain is managed. To ensure patients receive appropriate acute and chronic pain management, nurses must consider individual response and be knowledgeable about the most appropriate treatment options. In addition, they should be familiar with how to treat pain in patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the role of opioids in the management of acute pain.
  2. Describe the role of opioids in the management of chronic pain.
  3. Discuss the management of pain in patients with opioid use disorder.

Presented by:

Susanne Astrab Fogger, DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAANP, and Gina Dobbs, DNP, FNP-BC

The authors work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Susanne Astrab Fogger is a professor in the school of nursing. Gina Dobbs is a primary care clinician in the UAB Health System.

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Accreditation Statements

The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17219.


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