|Price:|| $59.95|| ||Hours:||20 Contact Hours|
Humor in Health Care offers nurses an opportunity to learn about the importance of humor and the positive effects that levity can have on a patient’s health.
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||4 Contact Hours|
This course provides nurses with a fresh perspective on chronic pain. It highlights the nature and scope of chronic pain, discusses basic skills for effective assessment, and describes nonpharmacological adjunctive treatments for chronic pain and related problems. The course opens with a discussion of the elements of pain, which include biological pain (nociception), pain perception, cognitive-emotional responses, and sociopolitical context. After examining the physiological principles that underlie pain, the course distinguishes acute from chronic pain and explains the factors that contribute to pain becoming chronic. The impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life is examined. Nurses will learn about the prevalence of pain; racial, ethnic, and age-related differences in the experience of pain; and the social cost of pain. The course describes types of pain, including musculoskeletal, cephalalgic (headache), and neuropathic pain, and the effects of pain, such as physical activity limitations, sleep disruption, fatigue, depression, irritability, and disruptions in family and social support. A description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures is provided. Assessment techniques include the clinical interview, the brief clinical interview, and self-report instruments. The discussion of pharmacological treatment of pain includes information on medication misuse and medication adherence. Nurses will also learn about complementary and alternative medicine approaches and psychosocial treatments, such as feedback-based intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relaxation training. Barriers to effective pain care are discussed, such as provider attitudes and training, insurance coverage, and geographic and regulatory barriers. The appendixes include numerous pain assessment tools and an outline of a typical CBT intervention for chronic pain.
This course fulfills your entire pain and symptom management requirement.
|Price:|| $9.95|| ||Hours:||1 Contact Hour|
Acute pain is something everyone has experienced to varying degrees and typically related to procedures or with traumas. Acute pain activates the stress response, which causes the release of cortisol, bringing on physiological and psychological responses. These responses include anxiety, fear, hyperglycemia, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and increased oxygen consumption. In addition, tissue damage activates the inflammatory response. Inflammation activates nociceptors and increases blood flow, vascular permeability, and the migration of neutrophils and cytokines to the site of injury. Inadequate pain management for persons who have experienced major surgery or trauma frequently results in complications such as pneumonia and delayed healing, as well as a possible increase in length of stay. Nurses advocate and manage acute pain and collaborate with the healthcare team to effectively treat pain with administration of analgesics and nonpharmacological modalities. This course presents the physiological response to pain and management of acute pain so that the nurse can effectively intervene for the patient experiencing acute pain.
Michigan - fulfills entire pain and pain symptom management requirement.