This course will be discontinued on November 20, 2012 because this content is no longer required by the West Virigina Board of Nursing. Please plan to complete the course before that day if you want to earn continuing education credit for it.
Similar content can be found in two 1-hour courses: CE557 "End-of-Life Issues" and CE648 "Pain Management Basics"
The goal of this program is to inform nurses of end-of-life issues, including pain management while allowing them to meet West Virginia’s mandatory continuing education requirement on end-of-life issues for nursing relicensure.. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe physical and psychosocial issues associated with dying patients.
- Identify two cultural variations when dealing with the dying patient.
- Describe two nursing interventions for grieving families.
Discuss the effect of untreated and undertreated pain on the patient’s spiritual, emotional, psychosocial, physiological and quality-of-life functioning.
- Discuss how to overcome the barriers to pain management.
- Describe the basic principles of pain management in the care of patients.