CNAs in long-term care, sub-acute facilities, and hospital settings will learn detailed information on the mechanism of pain in the human body along with current pain management guidelines. CNAs must frequently interact with and care for patients experiencing acute and chronic pain in all healthcare settings. Understanding how pain is created in the body and what actions a CNA can take to reduce pain will positively impact their patients. Because pain and pain relief techniques are subjective, providing care for patients with acute and/or chronic pain can be a challenging task for a CNA. Understanding pain, how acute pain varies from chronic pain, various disease states that contribute to pain, and understanding the roles a CNA can play in pain management can empower CNAs to take better care of their patients and have more confidence in the care of their patients.
- Physiology of pain and pain receptors
- Defining Acute vs. Chronic pain
- Causes of Pain
- Most common disease states that cause pain in LTC/sub-acute facilities
- Factors that influence pain
- Doing a pain interview
- Common treatments for pain
- Non-pharmacologic pain interventions and comfort measures
After successfully completing the course, students should be able to:
- Have a general understanding of how pain works in the body and factors that can affect pain
- Understand what diseases most commonly cause chronic pain in long-term care facilities
- Summarize the difference between acute pain and chronic pain, and the various ways to care for each
- Understand the most common treatments for pain, either with medications or without medications
- List the long-term effects of pain on patients
- Discuss non-pharmacologic pain interventions that can be used for most patients
- Know what comfort measures a CNA can take to decrease their patients’ pain
Course Format and Teaching Method
- The course is led by an instructor in a classroom setting. Instructors will lecture content and lead discussion to include the cognitive learning portion of the class with case scenarios and activities. The instructors will guide the students. The instructor will guide the students through the case scenarios and the activities to encourage participation. A quiz at the end of the class will ensure cognitive learning was achieved.
- Course duration: 4 hours
Course Completion Certificate
NAC CE Credits: 4.0
- A lecture manual will be handed out at the beginning of class to each
student at no additional charge.