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Apr 27, 2017

Striking the balance between too much pain medicine and not enough can be tough for any nurse, let alone a brand new nurse. What throws a big wrench in everything is the fact that we, as a nation, are experiencing a very real and very devastating epidemic of opioid use and abuse.

Bedside nurses feel the brunt of this due to many patients requesting sometimes very concerning amounts of intravenous pain medications at alarming intervals. So in this episode, we cover: 

  • the important difference between pain management and pain elimination
  • patient education
  • appropriate assessment
  • a proactive approach to pain management versus reactive
  • and some essential definitions

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Music credit: Keep My Cool by Benj Heard