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Pain Management Specialty Courses
Advanced Practice Nurses Guidelines for Safe and Effective Controlled Substance Prescribing
Course expiration date: 9/20/2022
This course provides an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances for advanced practice nurses and all nurses who are responsible for the safe and effective prescribing practices for controlled substances. The course presents three of the most common disease states that warrant more frequent prescribing of controlled substances.
Assessment of Pain in Special Populations
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course provides the learner with knowledge about pain and nursing care for premature infants, older adults, and patients with developmental delays. The course also presents the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of acute and chronic pain for patients in these special populations. With this knowledge, the learner will be able to educate diverse patient groups about pain and advocate for safe and effective pain treatment based upon scientific evidence.
Care, Compassion, and End-of-Life Issues
Course expiration date: 4/9/2023
The principles of end-of-life care focus on providing the best possible care and emotional support for patients and families with compassion and respect for the dignity of the patient. This course presents information regarding standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice, body changes as death nears, physical comfort measures at the end-of-life, factors relating to advance directives, and cultural considerations when providing end-of-life care.
Challenges in Pain Assessment and Management
Course expiration date: 3/20/2023
This course provides nurses with an overview of the physiology of pain and the differences between acute and chronic pain, focusing on assessment, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities, and the challenge of pain management for the persons experiencing pain.
Chronic Pain: A National Problem
Course expiration date: 2/15/2022
This course provides current information about the pathophysiology of pain, the differences between acute and chronic pain, chronic pain assessment, and chronic pain management.
Communication in Healthcare
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course discusses the fundamentals of communication science, impediments to effective communication in healthcare settings, and evidence-based strategies to improve communication with patients. The course also presents nurses with evidence-based strategies to improve the effectiveness of their communication with patients, families, and colleagues.
Fundamentals of Telehealth: Registered Nursing Practice in the Virtual Care Environment
Course expiration date: 5/13/2023
This course explores the basic telehealth concepts and technology applicable to the registered nursing telehealth arena, examining the role of the telehealth nurse, paying attention to legal and regulatory concerns, and temporary changes to regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course discusses how telehealth can be used in disasters, emergencies, epidemics, and pandemics and concludes with a review of the competencies for nursing telehealth practice so nurses can be knowledgeable and effective.
Management of Drug Challenges: Generic vs. Branded Drugs
Course expiration date: 8/20/2022
This course is appropriate for all nurses and advanced practice nurses who have responsibility for managing or prescribing medications for select individuals. The course addresses the history of brand versus generic drugs, the many controversies, the science behind the preparation differences, and the cost effectiveness of preventative care when using generic versus brand name drugs.
Managing Pain Without Opioids: Consider a Multidisciplinary Approach
With in this course you will be able to discuss individualize pain therapy, alternative opioid medications and multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Determine option for non-narcotic pain management medication and precautions, as well as side effects and alternative therapy treatment to treat acute of chronic pain.
Medical Marijuana: Use and Indications
Course expiration date: 4/1/2023
This course presents the latest information about medical marijuana and is designed to help nurses understand its use, history, risks, benefits, and related best practices. The course is intended for educational purposes only and in no way, encourages, endorses, or supports the use of marijuana.
Course expiration date: 4/30/2021
This course provides current information about nonopioid treatment modalities for pain to help nurses both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective pain treatment based upon scientific evidence. The course discusses, in detail, acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, nonselective cyclooxygenase inhibitors, and cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors. Adjuvant medications including tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, botulinum toxin, and anticonvulsants are also covered. Interventional pain therapies as therapeutic pain management tools are also presented.
Nonpharmacologic Pain Management
Course expiration date: 4/30/2021
This course provides current content for non-pharmacologic treatment modalities of acute and chronic pain, including non-pharmacologic physical and cognitive behavioral modalities for pain management and indications for these therapies. With this knowledge, nurses will be able to both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective non-pharmacologic pain treatment based upon scientific evidence.
Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Caring for patients with chronic pain is both challenging and complex. This course provides details of the best practices for prescribing and managing pain when using opioids and related products. Federal and state laws are being updated and best practices protocols are being developed.
Pain Assessment and Management for Michigan Nurses
Course expiration date: 3/6/2023
This course provides nurses with an overview of the physiology of pain and differentiates between acute and chronic pain. The course focuses on assessment and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities for the patient experiencing pain.
Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition – N1776
Course expiration date: 2/21/2022
This course presents current information about pain and nursing care for persons experiencing pain. The course will provide an understanding of the physiological mechanisms of nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Nurses will be able to describe pain assessment for patients across the lifespan and will be able to identify evidence-based assessment for patients whose cognitive impairment, age, or level of consciousness makes them incapable of reporting their pain. The course also provide an understanding of the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of acute and chronic pain, as well as treatment of pain at end-of-life. With this knowledge, nurses will be able to both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective pain treatment based on scientific evidence.
Pain: Is More than a Four-Letter Word
Course expiration date: 9/4/2021
Pain is a complex phenomenon and is experienced differentlyby every person. The experience of pain and the way people react to it varieswith culture, age, and co-existing medical or mental health conditions. It isimperative that nurses have knowledge of the various types of pain, theirphysiologies, how to assess pain, and how to facilitate pain management. Thiseducation program provides an overview of pain, the physiology of pain, itsimpact on economic and personal status, and pain treatment.
Patient Safety: A Critical Practice Concern
Course expiration date: 12/17/2021
Safety comes first in patient care and inhealth-care environments. However, despite the focus on safety in health-careliterature and within health-care organizations, medical errors are the thirdleading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that morethan 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors. It is imperative thatnurses and their interdisciplinary colleagues work together to establish a viableculture of safety in their organizations. This course presents the latestNational Patient Safety Goals as well as strategies to improve the safety ofhealth-care organizations.
Prescription Medication Abuse: Scope, Prevention, and Management, 2nd Edition
Course expiration: 10/1/2021
The information presented in this course is applicable to all nurses, regardless of their practice setting or scope of practice, and defines the scope of the problem of prescription medication abuse. Nurses are positioned to mitigate this growing problem by identifying the most commonly abused medications, risk factors for substance use disorders, and methods of acquisition of these medications.
Preventing Medical Errors
Course expiration date: 11/14/2022
This course addresses the essential information that every nurse should be aware of to prevent medical errors, including medication errors, central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), falls and immobility events, obstetrical adverse events, venous thromboembolism, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections.
Scope and Ethics of Prescribing Controlled Substances for Advanced Practice Nurses
Course expiration date: 3/11/2023
This course is designed to educate acute registered nurse practitioners who want to practice evidence-based care when treating patients with controlled substances.
Understanding Mindfulness Practices for Nurses and Patients
Course expiration date: 11/20/2021
This course provides an overview of mindfulness techniques, the neurobiological underpinnings of how mindfulness works in the brain, and evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness in different areas of life. The course also discusses methods to foster mindfulness and describes how nurses can begin a mindfulness practice for themselves and their patients, including suggestions for guided sessions.
Cheating Death: Naloxone
Webinar course expiration date: 11/7/2022
Opioids, used (and abused) for millennia, have become a significant cause of mortality in the U.S. The treatment of chronic pain and widespread acceptance of opioids to treat it may have jump started the current epidemic. The emergence of newer, highly potent synthetic opioids appears to be adding additional fuel to the fire. Between 2001 and 2016, opioid overdose-related deaths spiked by 175%, accounting for 1.5% of all American deaths. A multi-pronged approach has been largely ineffective, with hundreds of people dying every day. Opioid overdose mortality is out of control. Death from overdose, though, is not inevitable. Timely administration of an opioid antagonist has been proven to save lives. Availability of this antidote is rapidly expanding. The challenge of healthcare professionals is to best understand the safe use of opioids, be able to recognize an overdose, and know how to effectively treat it.
Getting Personal: Stories of Success and Struggle in Addiction Treatment
Webinar course expiration date: 4/25/2022
This webinar course has been previously recorded.
What does substance use and abuse look like? Can we “see” it in our clinical practices, and if not, how do we “listen” for it? This webinar explores the challenges of identifying substance use and abuse and how to offer compassionate care when advising on the health risks of abusing drugs and alcohol. Personal case histories are presented to help learners understand what works and doesn’t work in addiction treatment and how we can guide our patients to making decisions for change.