Pain can be physical, emotional, spiritual, and social in nature and is part of the human experience, especially at the end of life. Failure to recognize and manage pain can increase the individual’s suffering and decrease quality of life. The goal of this course is to help all non-clinical caregivers and volunteers in palliative and hospice care understand pain, how it is recognized, and ways it can be managed. Common myths about pain are presented as well as the consequences of unrelieved pain. Non-clinicians have an important role to play in both the assessment and management of pain, and interventions to address both are explored.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Pain A. Meet Oscar B. Palliative and Hospice Care C. Types of Pain D. Physical Pain E. Emotional Pain F. Social Pain G. Spiritual Pain H. Unrelieved Pain I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Recognizing Pain A. Pain Assessment B. Total Pain C. P-Physical Problems D. A- Anxiety, Depression, and Anger E. I- Interpersonal Problems F. N- Not Accepting G. Myths H. Review I. Summary Section 4: Relieving Pain A. Pain Medications B. Non-Pharmacologic Treatments C. Weakness and Fatigue D. Pain Relief in Practice E. What YOU Can Do F. Putting it All Together G. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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