Pain Assessment and Management: Role of the PT

About the Course:
This basic-level course provides an overview of pain, the physiology of pain, its impact on economic and personal status, and pain assessment and treatment.

Learning objectives
  • Define pain according to the International Association for the Study of Pain.
  • Identify the economic and personal impact of pain, as well as potential prescription drug abuse.
  • Examine the physiology, classifications, and characteristics of acute and chronic pain.
  • Describe concepts and tools for pain assessment.
  • Describe both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to treating pain.
About the Author:
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her M.S. in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development.

Wanda M. Baker, MN, RN, FNP, CNE, began her nursing career by graduating from the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. After 11 years of clinical practice and the completion of her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, she returned to the same Associate Degree Program as a faculty member. For the subsequent 24 years, she taught in multiple areas of the program, developed new courses, implemented simulations, and directed curriculum revision and accreditation activities. During this time, she completed a Family Nurse Practitioner program and obtained certification as a Nurse Educator. She was the Academic Program Chair for the last 8 years before retiring at the end of 2013. She currently teaches part-time at the college, works as an education consultant, and volunteers for the American Red Cross.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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