Author(s): Ferrell BR, Grant M, Ritchey KJ, Ropchan R, Rivera LM, Ferrell BR, Grant M, Ritchey KJ, Ropchan R, Rivera LM
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Abstract Adequate pain management is a 24 hr a day responsibility for health-care professionals working with cancer patients. Because nurses spend more time with patients in pain than any other member of the health-care team, they play a central role in pain assessment and pain management. The City of Hope National Medical Center, a clinical cancer center, developed a pain management course for staff nurses entitled "The Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Training Program." The purpose of this innovative course was to prepare staff nurses to assume an active role in pain management. Twenty-six registered nurses participated in the 40-hr didactic and clinical course. The curriculum included information on pain assessment, pharmacology, nondrug interventions, and cultural, ethical, and psychosocial issues related to pain. After completion of the course, program staff have remained available to the PRNs to provide current information on pain management, and to assist with role implementation and guidance on interfacing with staff. This paper reports on the development, implementation, and 3-mo evaluation of this unique program.
This article was published in J Pain Symptom Manage
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy