Pain Management Nurses are these nurses who assist to relieve the pains experienced by the patients and the pains may be chronic or acute pain. The nursing procedures followed for easing the pain and treatment includes, assessment, observing the condition of the patient, administering medications, monitoring the pain level, progression made and measuring the vital signs of the patient to determine any adverse effects that may have resulted from the medications.
The assessment is conducted by going through the report and observing the physiological signs and behavior of the patient undergoing treatments because through the assessment, the Pain Management Nurses are able to determine the cause of the patient such as visceral, muscular, neurological or skeletal. The assessment also helps in finding out the medical condition that is responsible for the pain and what treatment procedures and medications can be most effective for easing and curing the pain.
The complete treatment process is carried out in collaboration, coordination and consultation with other health care professionals regarding the condition of the patient and treatments. The wider knowledge and education in pharmacology also assist these nurses to administer medications and to monitor the possible side effects of the medication.
In addition, it is also the responsibility of these nurses to counsel and educate the patient about the prescribed medications, learn proper ways to manage and contain the pain. They even inform the patients about any alternate ways that can be applied to ease the pain.
Pain Management Nurse Work Settings
These nurses work in varied medical settings including hospitals, private and public clinics, OPD, long term care facilities, nursing homes and rehabilitation agencies, where their treatment procedures are carried over in collaboration with other health care professionals.
The knowledge and skills in pain management can only be gained through appropriate education, trainings and qualifications. The online schools and campus based schools can provide you required education in this field.
The first step necessary for becoming a Pain Management Nurse require earning the credential of registered nurse by completing BSN, Nursing Diploma or Associate Degree and passing the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) developed and administered NCLEX-RN (the National Council Licensure Examination) Exam for RN Licensure.
The further path for advance practice in pain management field includes earning masters and doctorate in nursing and extensive clinical experience in pain assessment and management and research. The advance education also offers you eligibility to get certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
As a pain management nurse, you must bear certain qualities that are vital in this field and they include excellent communication skills, analytical, quick decision making, observant and wider knowledge on pharmacology and clinical experience.
You can earn around $76,000 to $107,000 annually depending upon job location, experience, size and type of the facility, position, education and certification. In addition, your job also offer you compensation package