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Assessing and Managing Adult Pain
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The purpose of this unit of study is to provide the student with the necessary theoretical knowledge to improve how they assess and manage adult pain in the clinical setting. This unit examines the physiological basis of pain and the assessment and management of adult persons’ experiencing acute, chronic and cancer pain. It explores physiological concepts and current pain theories regarding the basis of pain and the complex social, cultural, psychological, spiritual and economic aspects of pain. Pain assessment tools are evaluated and both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management are explored. Pain management is complex, and nurses need to consider management in the light of current best practice, cultural diversity and person’s belief systems.

Assessing and Managing Adult Pain
Unit of study code 113
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*The single unit of study would not be offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing from January 2023 onwards

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Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Maria Baric MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Foundational concepts of pain


a) discuss definitions of pain and the multidimensional factors which influence the concept of pain as a bio-psycho-social phenomenon Assessment 1: Online discussions x 2 10% 4, 8
Theme 2: Anatomy and physiology of pain b) determine the physiology and pathophysiology correlated with different types of physical pain Assessment 2: Quiz 10% 5
Theme 3: Assessing pain c) analyse pain assessment techniques to ensure contemporary evidenced- based nursing care Assessment 3: PowerPoint presentation / short answer essay


40% 6
Theme 4: Pharmacological management of pain d) evaluate national and global evidenced- based, culturally safe guidelines to plan nursing management for people experiencing pain Assessment 4: Case analysis


40% 10
Theme 5: Non-pharmacological management of pain e) support ethical and professional principles to optimise holistic, person- centred care within an interdisciplinary context
Theme 6: Interdisciplinary teamwork and discharge planning

Assessing and Managing Adult Pain (113) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.