Pain Project Team
Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP, AOCN, FPCN served as chairperson of this project team, which in conjunction with HPNA education staff, presented a free webinar on May 22, 2018, titled Every Nurse’s Role in Safe and Effective Pain Management. Judith Paice, PhD, RN and Patrick Coyne, MSN, APRN, ACHPN, FAAN led the webinar, which was offered to members of all the nursing organizations who participated in the summit and other targeted audiences. More than 1,000 individuals registered for the webinar and more than 500 participated in the program.
Organizations collaborating on this team include the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), American Society of Pain Management Nurses (ASPMN), Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON), Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), Infusion Nurses Society (INS), National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), Nurses Organization for Veterans Affairs (NOVA), Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), and VITAS Healthcare.
The project team is divided into the four work groups described below. The webinars were sent to all organizations involved in the Palliative Nursing Summit.
The Clinical Practice Work Group focused on nurses’ knowledge of appropriate equianalgesic conversions. The work group wrote a manuscript for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) that is pending publication to reach a large population of nurses caring for those with serious illnesses. [LP2]
The Education Work Group’s focus was to assist nurses with pain assessment and interview skills to address patients’ and families’ fears and concerns about pain medications. The team created a webinar, Opioid Pain Management in Serious Illness: Assessing the Educational Needs of Patient and Families Across the Lifespan, in February 2019. The webinar showcased three case studies, featuring role-modeling nurses who asked pain assessment questions and navigated patient/family responses. ASPMN supported this initiative by providing the videotaping during their September conference. Amy Haskamp, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN, CPON (APHON), Vanessa Battista, MS, RN, CPNP (NAPNAP), and Ellyn Schreiner, MPH, RN-BC, CHPN (ASPMN), led the webinar in conjunction with the HPNA education staff.
The Research Work Group’s objective was to provide bedside nurses with evidence-based information for use in practice with patients with serious illnesses. A manuscript focusing on the care of the patient with comorbid substance use disorder and serious illnesses was written and is pending publication.
The Regulatory/Advocacy Work Group authored an advocacy letter that was sent to Congress on July 25, 2018, regarding the opioid issue, the need for appropriate access to care, support for access to and payment for nonpharmacological pain therapies, and continued research.
All nursing organizations who participated in the Palliative Nursing Summit, and the two new collaborating organizations, were provided with the opportunity to endorse the letter. Twenty organizations representing more than 715,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals endorsed the letter.