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Flagler Nurses Earn Specialized Pain Management Certification

05/31/2012
Flagler Nurses Earn Specialized Pain Management Certification

As anyone who has ever been hospitalized knows, effective pain management is key to the recovery process. In fact, studies show that pain management not only affects a person's mindset, but also plays a factor in achieving the best possible clinical outcomes. And pain is complicated. It can present itself in many ways, for varying reasons, and respond to a wide array of treatments very differently. In recognition of this, the Flagler Life Institute – Flagler Hospital's education arm - designed a specialized course to advance optimal nursing care for people affected by pain through evidence-based, best practices and prepare nurses for a national certification exam.

Flagler Hospital congratulates Denise Cata, RN and Bettie Tune, RN for earning national pain management certification. Pain Management Certified Nurses possess sufficient knowledge of pain physiology, pathophysiology and how to apply the nursing process to produce effective outcomes for pain management as judged by experts from the ANCC and ASPMN, including knowledge of the physical, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of the pain experience. Prior to sitting for the examination, both nurses participated in a vigorous, 6 week education program to validate and extend their knowledge of this important topic.

Pain is one of the most universal and pervasive sources of human distress, and as such, pain management is a primary challenge for healthcare providers. Bettie and Denise have shown themselves to be dedicated to meeting that challenge through continued education and certification.

The American Society for Pain Management Nursing's mission is to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practice. This is accomplished through education, standards, advocacy and research.