Pain Management Nursing CE Course for APRNs

This course will provide an overview of the pathophysiology of pain, the components of a comprehensive pain assessment, and discuss nonpharmacological and non-opioid pharmacological management of pain. It will also discuss the core aspects of prescribing opioids for pain, including best-practice opioid prescribing guidelines, proper monitoring of patients on long-term opioid therapy, and the clinical features of opioid misuse/OUD.

Learning Objectives

By the completion of this module, the learner should be able to:

  • define pain, discuss the pathophysiology of pain, and recognize the four main categories of pain
  • identify the core components of a comprehensive pain assessment and describe the use of pain assessment scales and tools
  • review the different types of nonpharmacological pain management strategies and interventional pain management procedures
  • discuss the pharmacological management of pain using non-opioid and adjuvant analgesics
  • define opioids and distinguish between opioid agonists, partial agonists, mixed agonist-antagonists, and opioid antagonists, and identify specific medications within each category
  • demonstrate competency in best-practice opioid prescribing guidelines, including the proper prescribing and monitoring of patients on long-term opioid therapy
  • discuss how to taper long-term opioid use and appropriate steps to take when terminating chronic opioid therapy
  • recognize the potential for opioid misuse and abuse, the key features of opioid use disorder (OUD), and strategies to mitigate opioid misuse and OUD

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
0 is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Our ANCC provider number is P0600.

Available Credit

  • 6.50 ANCC


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