Improving Patient Outcomes with Effective Pain Management


April  28, 2009

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Class Time: 0800 -1600 (Registration 0730)
Location: Burtness Auditorium, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital



Pain is one of the leading fears people have when being admitted to the hospital. Nurses caring for these patients must possess a sound knowledge of pain principles and a solid understand of best pain practice standards in order to deliver effective pain management.


The focus of this seminar is on the health care team's role in influencing patient outcomes through assessment and management of pain. The barriers that affect the team's performance in assessing and managing pain are addressed. Current recommended pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches for managing pain are presented. The practical considerations related to using selected therapies, such as around-the-clock oral dosing, long-acting analgesics, IV PCA, intraspinal analgesia, and perineural local anesthetic infusions, are explained. The needs of special populations, such as neonates, infants, children, older adults, critically ill, and the cognitively impaired, are included.


National Expert and Author Chris Pasero, MS, RN-BC, FAAN, is a pain management author, educator, and clinical consultant from El Dorado Hills, California.  She is a co-founder and past president of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chronic Pain Association.  Chris is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, board certified in Pain Management Nursing, and the recipient of numerous pain management clinical practice, journalistic, and teaching awards. Publications include numerous pain management articles, position papers, guidelines, book chapters, and the book, Pain: Clinical Manual.


Course Objectives

  • Discuss the major barriers to effective pain assessment and management.
  • Explain the recommended principles, guidelines, and standards for the assessment and management of pain.   
  • Describe the primary pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions for managing pain.  



Course Coordinators
Susan E White, MSN, RN-BC, CNS
Debbie Wilkes. RN, BSN
CHS Pain Management Committee




CHS Employees, free. Register via HealthStream.

Non-employees,  complete registration form. Contact Education at 682-7111 ext. 53515 for fee information.