Clinical nurses have an ethical duty to treat pain in all patients. However, many nurses struggle with treating acute pain in patients with history of opioid abuse. Evidence-based ethical interventions for treatment of acute pain among persons with a history of opioid abuse are presented.
Learning Outcome: After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to apply ethical principles to improve pain management and provide holistic care to patients with a history of opioid abuse.
Learning Engagement Activity: For more information on guiding ethical principles, refer to the ANA position statement - American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights (ANA). (2018). Position statement: The ethical responsibility to manage pain and the suffering it causes. https://www.nursingworld.org/~...
Contact hours available until 2/28/22.
Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.
Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure: The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.
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Accreditation Statement: This session is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.
Ethical Decision-Making for Nurses Treating Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Abuse History
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3/25/20 12:27 pm
Very current evolving concerns in health care now.
3/27/20 9:39 pm
This was a thought provoking article. The content and review of ethical principals for pain management strategies with patients who abuse opioids was timely and needed.
4/21/20 3:48 am
so valuable in this time of opiod abuse and over use
7/31/20 2:27 am
it is important to do a thorough assessment on patients who have a history of drug abuse. Many may have to have surgeries and it is unethical to leave the patient in pain due to their dependent issue. By talking to the patient and communicating with their providers, narcotics can be given after surgery in a safe environment
8/10/20 2:11 pm
I agree - very thought provoking article.
8/31/20 10:18 pm
Opioids abuse and overuse is the evolving concerns. Agree with the Non-pharmacological treatment measures and “patient advocate is an essential nurse role.”