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2-Day Seminar for All Nurses
Chronic pain is difficult to manage, but good outcomes for a patient can be achieved with the proper application of knowledge. Attend this seminar and learn about:
Chronic pain affects countless people in the community and is a common reason for them to visit a health professional. It is costly financially, psychologically, and socially and is often poorly managed. Because chronic pain is a multidimensional and unique experience, treatments vary, which can pose a major clinical challenge. Effective pain management that results in improved function and wellbeing is a fundamental skill for nurses in all settings. A lack of understanding of pain, its contributors, the pain experience, and current treatments is a major barrier to positive outcomes for patients.
The purpose of this seminar is to assist nurses to improve care for people with chronic pain and promote effective self-management.
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
This introductory session considers some of the issues involved in managing chronic pain. It looks at:
Chronic pain results from a wide variety of conditions, diseases, and injuries. This session reviews the aetiology and pathophysiology of chronic pain. It includes:
10:30am - Morning Tea
The multidimensional experience of pain causes people to interpret and respond to pain in a unique manner. This session sets the scene for performing a comprehensive assessment and includes:
This session looks at validated pain assessment tools and mnemonics (such as OPQRST) to assist in framing the characteristics of pain. It includes:
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
Medicines are often the core treatment for chronic pain. Recommended treatments may involve combinations as different medicines work on different parts of the nociceptive pathway. This session discusses:
Opioids are associated with significant side-effects. They are widely used in pain management, yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever present – and a concern. This session offers an in-depth review of opioid medications, including:
3:15pm - Afternoon Tea
Engage in a demonstration of relaxation and distraction techniques. This session first discusses the role of massage in relieving pain and improving wellbeing.
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Following on from yesterday’s session, we now look at a broad range of non-pharmacological options that individuals can use for managing their chronic pain. It includes:
Cancer pain is multifaceted and complex. There are many variants that determine the pain experience, including the type, extent, location, and duration. This session looks at:
10:30am - Morning Tea
Musculoskeletal pain is a common problem that may be localised in one area or widespread. It affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, and one area may be affected by another. The most common type of musculoskeletal pain is lower back pain. This session looks at:
1:00pm - Lunch and Networking
This interactive session draws on your learning and will have you thinking about the different treatments for chronic pain scenarios, their appropriateness, key issues for the patient receiving the treatment, and nursing care, advocacy, suitability for self-management, and ongoing monitoring.
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
For those people with chronic pain, stigma is a significant and persistent problem. They may experience judgments and opinions about the legitimacy of the pain and their coping responses from a range of areas, including family members, employers, and even healthcare providers. This final interactive session highlights:
4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Jodie is a Nurse Practitioner in New South Wales. Her scope of practice includes minor illness and injuries for adults and paediatric patients, for example but not limited to ENT, gastroenterology, obstetrics, sexual health, minor head injuries, lacerations, musculoskeletal, ophthalmology, respiratory conditions including asthma, upper respiratory tract infections and pneumonia, removal of foreign bodies eyes and skin and dermatological conditions.