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|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing
GC single unit of study
|Hours of study||150|
|Co-ordinated by||Sinu Thomas
|Content||Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
|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 varying definitions of pain and the multidimensional factors which influence the concept of pain as a bio-psycho-social phenomenon||Assessment 1: Online discussion||10%||4, 8|
|Theme 2: Anatomy and physiology of pain||b) develop specialist knowledge of physiology correlated with different types of pain||Assessment 2: Quiz||10%||3|
|Theme 3: Pain assessment||c) analyse pain assessment techniques to ensure contemporary evidenced based patient care||Assessment 3: Short answer essay / narrated powerpoint presentation
|Theme 4: Pharmacological management of pain||d) evaluate national and global evidence based, culturally safe guidelines to plan nursing management for people experiencing pain||Assessment 4: Case analysis
|Theme 5: Non-pharmacological management of pain||e) support ethical and professional principles to optimise holistic, person-centred care within a multi-disciplinary context|
|Theme 6: Interdisciplinary teamwork and discharge planning|
Assessing and Managing Adult Pain (113) is a Tier 1 unit.
|Tiers||2022 Member price (10% discount)||2022 Non-member price||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.