Time to complete: Approximately 20-25 minutes
About this Course
Managing Pain and Distress in Long-Term Care is a self-paced orientation course that will equip or refresh long-term care team members on the knowledge and skills required to support residents.
Pain and distress often indicate a medical condition that requires assessment, intervention, and treatment. A person can experience pain and distress in different ways including physically, socially, spiritually and psychologically. This course will equip clinical team members with the skills and confidence to recognize signs of pain and distress and develop and implement pain/distress management care plans.
After taking this course, learners will be able to:
- explain how frequently/when residents should receive a pain/distress assessment and reassessment; how to conduct a pain/distress assessment of residents, including residents living with dementia and/or cognitive impairment and/or unable to self-report pain/distress
- explain the different aspects of pain/distress and the concept of “Total Pain”
- suggest pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to managing pain/distress
- argue against common myths and misconceptions about pain/distress and the assessment of pain/distress
- understand the importance of communicating with other team members about assessing a resident for pain/distress and a resident’s pain/distress care plan
- explain what non-registered clinical team members need to report to registered team members and what non-clinical team members should report to clinical team members
- understand health care consent, specifically for pain/distress management
Learners will receive an Ontario CLRI certificate for completing this course.
About the Orientation eLearning series
The Orientation eLearning courses, created by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA, provide education for new team members during orientation, and for existing team members during their annual training. These scenario-based learning courses ensure that learners have the knowledge and skills needed to assist the people they support and are in line with Ministry of Long-Term Care guidelines. They were developed using evidence-based best practices and adult education principles, in collaboration with subject matter experts and LTC leaders.
This course is for long-term care team members in clinical roles.
This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed by the Ontario CLRI at RIA with the generous support of Schlegel Villages.
We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course:
Subject Matter Experts
Trisha Wilson, RSW, Performance Improvement Lead, NW Regional Palliative Care Program, Hogarth Riverview Manor LTC, St Joseph’s Care Group
Tara Moffatt MN, RN, CHPCN (C), CON (C), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant, Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts, VON Canada
Gwendolyn Cleveland, RN, BScN, MEd, CHPCN(C), Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant (PPSMC), Community Health Team, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
Kim Arquette, RN, BScN, Clinical Specialist, Schlegel Villages
This course was developed in collaboration with an advisory panel of LTC team members: Abena Nyarko, Alison Harper, Berlyn Gozorate, Julia Karls, Rosemarie Cruz, and Tammy Casado.
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