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Pain Management Specialty Courses
Advanced Practice Nurses Guidelines for Safe and Effective Controlled Substance Prescribing – N28835
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.
Care, Compassion, and End-of-Life Issues – N33915
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 – N33536
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 – N23761
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 – N21876
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 – N29561
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 – N28952
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.
Medical Marijuana: Use and Indications – N33919
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.
Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Pain – N23074
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 – N33535
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 and the Identification of Addiction for Pennsylvania APNs – N24821
Course expiration date: 3/25/2022
This course presents the best practices for the use of prescription opioid medications to treat chronic pain, implementing these guidelines all within the constraints emphasized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also characterizes other strategies to combat the misuse of prescription medications and provides nurse practitioners (NPs) with a solid foundation for responsible opioid use in patients and vigilant monitoring to identify misuse.
Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction for New York Advance Practice Nurses – N35945
Course expiration date: 5/22/2023
Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have a responsibility to understand the appropriate use of opioid medications, to include the risks inherent to this category of therapeutic products. Further, pursuant to Public Health Law (PHL) §3309-A(3), prescribers licensed under Title Eight of the Education Law in New York to treat humans and who have a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as
medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, must complete at least three hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care, and addiction. This accredited continuing education course is designed to satisfy the state of New York’s specific continuing education requirements providing an overview of the clinical use of opioids.
Pain: Is More than a Four-Letter Word – N19274
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 – N21203
Course expiration date: 12/17/2021
Safety comes first in patient care and in health-care environments. However, despite the focus on safety in health-care literature and within health-care organizations, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors. It is imperative that nurses and their interdisciplinary colleagues work together to establish a viable culture of safety in their organizations. This course presents the latest National Patient Safety Goals as well as strategies to improve the safety of health-care organizations.
Prescribing Rules and Professional Boundaries for Arkansas Advanced Practice Nurses – N38224
Course Expiration Date: 5/28/2023
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) issued a certificate of prescriptive authority after December 31, 2015, are required by the state of Arkansas to complete a 3-contact hour pharmacology continuing education (CE) course within two years of issuance of the prescriptive authority certificate. This course provides an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances and three of the most common disease states that warrant more frequent prescribing of controlled substances. The course meets the Arkansas mandatory CE requirement for safe and effective controlled prescribing practices, including information on maintaining professional boundaries and the prescribing rules, regulations, and laws that apply to APRNs and all nurses responsible for the safe and effective prescribing practices for controlled substances in the state of Arkansas.
Prescription Medication Abuse: Scope, Prevention, and Management, 2nd Edition – N29235
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.
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Illinois Advanced Practice Nurses – N36142
Course expiration date: 6/29/2023
This course provides Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who prescribe controlled substances with an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, the pharmacology of opioids, and state and federal regulations pertaining to APRNs practicing in Illinois.
Scope and Ethics of Prescribing Controlled Substances for Advanced Practice Nurses – N33537
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 – N23218
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 – N31443
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 – N25298
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.