Meeting the Challenge of Pediatric Pain Management - CMEZ60080

Meeting the Challenge of Pediatric Pain Management

by Christina M. Almgren, MS, RN, CPNP
(4.7 / 198 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (3.00 Credits)
Physician (3.00 Credits)

Price: $33.00
CE-PRO Price: $16.50


Nurses and physicians are confronted daily with the responsibility to care for hospitalized children in pain. Nurses observe the patient 24 hours a day and thus become the pivotal group of healthcare professionals involved in the process of proper assessment and intervention. Nurses and physicians must learn to assess and treat pediatric pain appropriately. This course describes how to recognize pediatric pain and the barriers to its effective treatment, how to assess pain, pharmacological and nonpharmacological management options, and the complexities of managing pain in special populations.


The goal of this continuing education module is to inform nurses and other healthcare professionals about the historical difficulties surrounding pediatric pain management, to propose pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments and to discuss complexities involved in various pediatric pain management cases. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the past and future status of pain management in children
  • Define pain, clarify commonly misused terms, and develop an understanding of how pain works
  • Describe some of the assessment tools available for children
  • Discuss various pharmacological pain management options
  • Discuss various nonpharmacological pain management options
  • Explain some of the complexities involved in treating the child with chronic pain, cognitive impairments, or a need for palliative care

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 3.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/24/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/24/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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megan e - North Andover, MA  ·  Sep 08, 2019
well written and comprehensive
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Erin H - Salem, OR  ·  Aug 30, 2019
Course had a wide variety of pediatric pain scenarios appropriate for any pediatric provider. Well organized.
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Tanya O - ruskin, FL  ·  Jul 20, 2019
this course validated current practice
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Richard C - Beaverton, OR  ·  Jul 11, 2019
Good job with this topic
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Elizabeth M - College Park, GA  ·  Jul 09, 2019
good info for pain management in children
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Price: $33.00
CE-PRO Price: $16.50