Pain assessment is crucial if pain management is to be effective. Nurses are in a unique position to assess pain as they have the most contact with patients. This program will provide information related to pain (Acute, Persistent/Chronic, and Oncologic pain). It will also provide an overview of proper pain assessment, pharmacological treatments of non-opioids and opioids for pain and general principles of analgesic use for treating pain patients.
Sherry McCulley-Hall, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Sherry is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Veterans Integrative Pain Medicine Service at Charles George VA Medical Center. She has worked in the nursing field for over 36 years. Sherry received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Berea College and Masters of Science in Nursing with an area of study as an Adult Health Care Specialist at UNC Charlotte with a clinical concentration in Oncology Nursing. In 2012, Sherry worked collaboratively with 7 Pain Management Nurse Experts from the VA as well as the University of Wisconsin in the development of the Pain Resource Nurse Program targeting the Veteran Population. Sherry is credentialed by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Certified Nurse Pain Management provider.
- Identify the characteristics and differences between Acute, Persistent/Chronic, and Oncologic pain.
- Identify the components of Pain Science related to the Pain Brain Neuroscience.
- Describe the components of the physical assessment of pain and functional assessment.
- Identify the components of effective communication when interviewing veterans regarding their pain.
- Describe the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of non-opioids and opioids.
- Discuss the general principles of analgesic use including indications contraindications, side effects and does titrations.
- Distinguish the differences between pain versus suffering.
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