Pain Management for the Adult Client


Most people will experience pain at some point in their life. Pain is one of the most common complaints seen in ambulatory care settings but remains under-recognized and undertreated. Physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals working in primary care and ambulatory settings struggle to effectively address the issue of pain for their patients. Pain remains an elusive symptom. This course will provide you with the information needed to recognize chronic versus acute pain, address the psychosocial aspects of pain management, and understand some core concepts related to pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management. The target audience for this learning module is Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Physician Assistants that encounter patients dealing with pain in their ambulatory setting.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.20 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-CH-0-PMAC
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Identify symptoms of chronic pain in adults.
Recognize the psychosocial impact of pain in the adult population.
Describe pharmacological and non- pharmacological pain management therapies.
Explain some sociocultural factors that may impact pain.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: An Overview of Pain A. What’s Bothering Sarah? B. Understanding the Experience of Pain C. Pathophysiology of Pain D. Acute Pain Versus Chronic Pain E. Cancer Pain Versus Non-malignant Pain F. Conditions That Contribute to Chronic Pain G. Let’s Review H. Summary Section 3: Assessment of Pain A. Pain History B. Numeric Rating Scales C. Verbal Rating Scales D. Nonverbal Rating Scales E. Behavioral Rating Scales F. Let’s Review G. Section Summary Section 4: Biopsychosocial Aspects of Pain A. Psychological Factors B. Social Factors C. Behavioral Factors D. Cognitive Factors E. Spiritual Factors F. Let’s Review G. Summary Section 5: Pharmacological Pain Management A. What Is Pharmacological Pain Management? B. Non-Prescription Pain Medication C. Prescription Pain Medication D. Let’s Review E. Section Summary Section 6: Non-Pharmacological Pain Management A. What Is Non-Pharmacological Pain Management? B. Psychological Treatments C. Mind-Body Interventions D. Manipulative and Body-Based Interventions E. Alternative Medical Treatments F. Energy Therapy G. Let’s Review: Sarah’s New Therapies H. Section Summary Section 7: Sociocultural Factors and Pain A. Culture and Pain B. Generational Factors and Pain C. Let’s Review D. Summary Section 8: Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Chasity Mullins, MSN, RN
Chasity Mullins, MSN, RN has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with her BSN in 2001 and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with her MSN in 2010. During her career, she has practiced acute care nursing for pediatric and adult patients, disease management, and outpatient care for chronic diseases, as well as educating the next generation of nurses. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Union University School of Nursing. Disclosure: Chasity Mullins, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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