Online Education | The Challenge of Pain - 2014

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This online course focuses on the challenge of pain for healthcare professionals in all settings. Evidence-based strategies for assessing and managing pain in acute care, long term care, ambulatory care, specialty care and palliative care settings are presented by regional and national interdisciplinary pain specialists.

Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, case studies and interprofessional dialogue.

Publish date: June 18, 2014. This course will be available for three years from this date.


Completion Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • View/listen to the presentations.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Complete the post-tests.
  • Complete the evaluations. 

After submitting the evaluations, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be in your account for six years.   

Target Audience

Nurse practioners, clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, pharmacist, social workers, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, you should be better able to:

  • Describe current perspectives on pain.
  • Explain the importance of listening to a patient’s story in determining how best to treat the individual. 
  • Compare and contrast practical pharmacological approaches to treat pain.
  • Describe the chronic pain disease model and the implications for treating patients in pain.
  • Discuss practical management strategies for common chronic pain problems in the cancer survivor.
  • Discuss pharmacologic, behavioral and integrative therapies for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Discuss key recommendations for evidence-based acute perioperative pain guidelines.
  • Perform a developmentally appropriate pain assessment for a pediatric patient.
  • Identify three nutrients that impact pain.
  • Identify relationships between chronic pain and sleep disturbance.
  • Screen for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Describe effective and compassionate strategies for managing acute pain in patients with opioid dependence.
  • Describe non-pharmacologic interventions for pain management.

Additional Information

Audio and Video
  • Perspectives on Pain
  • The Pain Interview
  • Pearls of Clinical Pain Pharmacology
  • Self-Management and the Chronic Pain Model
  • Fibromyalgia and ChronicFatique Syndromes
  • Management of the Post-Operative Pain
  • When Your Pain Management Challenge is a Child
  • Practical Guide to Nutrition
  • Developing the Habit of Sleeping Well
  • PTSD and Chronic Pain
  • Acute Pain Management for People with Addiction
  • Integrative Modalities for Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management


UWCNE Accreditation Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 12.70 Contact hours
  • 7.50 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
  • Barbara Dailey, DNP, ARNP, CCMSHt, FIBH 
    Nurse Practitioner, Surgical Pain Service, UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle; Medical Hypnotherapist in Private Practice, Supportive Therapies, PLLC, Kenmore, WA
  • Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, ACHPN
    Nurse Practitioner, Palliative and Supportive Care Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/UW, Seattle
  • William Thomas Edwards, MD, PhD 
    Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, HMC & UWSOM
  • Debra B. Gordon, DNP, MS, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, FAAN 
    Teaching Associate, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, HMC
  • John D. Loeser, MD 
    Professor Emeritus of Neurological Surgery, and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UWSOM
  • Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD 
    Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UWSOM
  • David Tauben, MD
    Director, Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, UW
  • Heather Tick, MD, MA, CCFP, CAFCI, DipAAPM 
    Clinical Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, UW Center for Pain Relief, Seattle
  • Helen N. Turner, DNP, RN-BC, PCNS-BC, FAAN 
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Pain Management Center, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University Schools of Nursing and Medicine, Portland, OR
  • Edward H. Wagner, MD, MPH, MACP 
    Director Emeritus, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovations, Group Health Research Institute, Group Health, Seattle
  • James Walsh, MD 
    Medical Director, Addiction Recovery Service, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle

HMC=UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center
UW=University of Washington, Seattle
UWSOM=UW School of Medicine, Seattle
UWSON=UW School of Nursing, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 12.70 Contact hours
  • 7.50 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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