Note: Course content may be changed, term to term, without notice. The information below is provided as a guide for course selection and is not binding in any form, and should not be used to purchase course materials. NURS 520 Syllabus COURSE SYLLABUS NURS 520 PAIN MANAGEMENT COURSE DESCRIPTION This course emphasizes the development of the nurse as an advocate pertaining to pain management. Areas of study include societal bias, ethnic and gender biases related to pain management, ethical and legal considerations, and the nurse’s role in the development of a therapeutic culture for pain management. This course will establish a sound foundation for nurses to take a leadership role in pain management. (Elective course) RATIONALE As compared to other health care professionals, professional nurses spend the most time with patients. The pain science literature reveals that nursing graduates are not competent in dealing with patients’ pain upon the completion of their basic nursing programs. Nurses need to have the opportunity to explore pain science in more depth and build skills in developing a culture of effective pain management across the health care spectrum. I. II. PREREQUISITES For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog. REQUIRED RESOURCE PURCHASES Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/liberty.htm III. IV. ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR LEARNING A. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment B. Internet access (broadband recommended) C. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.) D. Access to Printer/Scanner MEASURABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: A. Discuss misconceptions about pain that hinder effective management. B. Examine various assessment and pain measurement tools. C. Differentiate among addiction, tolerance, and physical dependence. Page 1 of 3 NURS 520 Syllabus V. D. Distinguish strengths and limitations of pain management delivery systems. E. Determine the effects of poor pain management on systems of the human body. F. Debate ethical and legal considerations surrounding pain management. G. Develop a planned approach to managing pain for a specific population. H. Integrate the biblical worldview into pain management. COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS A. Textbook readings and lecture presentations B. Course Requirements Checklist After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1. C. Discussion Board Forums (3) The Discussion Board Forums are designed to promote discussion among class participants and provide an environment to exchange ideas and comments based on the readings, assignments, and personal/professional experiences. The student will post a thread of at least 500 words and 2 replies of at least 250 words each to other students’ threads. Each thread and reply require 2–3 citations formatted according to current APA style. D. Procedural Pain Management Exercise The student will use the template provided to review and discuss situations related to procedural pain issues. This assignment must be submitted via SafeAssign. E. Systems Paper Outline The student will develop a content outline as well as a reference list using current APA format. In addition to the required text, 8–10 scholarly references are required. F. Systems Paper The student will compose a research paper formatted according to current APA guidelines on the negative effects of ineffective pain management in each body system, emphasizing the changes to the body that can be a threat to overall health and well-being of the patient. G. PowerPoint Annotated Bibliography The student will provide an Annotated Bibliography of 8–10 sources formatted to current APA guidelines. Each source summary must be a minimum of 75 words. H. PowerPoint Presentation The student will develop a 15–20-slide PowerPoint presentation on a select topic of interest related to pain management. VI. COURSE GRADING AND POLICIES Page 2 of 3 NURS 520 Syllabus A. Points Course Requirements Checklist Discussion Board Forums (3) Discussion Board Forum 1 Discussion Board Forum (2 at 125 pts ea) Procedural Pain Management Exercise Systems Paper Outline Systems Paper PowerPoint Annotated Bibliography PowerPoint Presentation 10 Total B. 100 250 150 50 200 75 175 1010 Scale A = 940–1010 A- = 920–939 B+ = 900–919 B = 860–899 B- = 840–859 C+ = 820–839 C = 780–819 C- = 760–779 D+ = 740–759 D = 700–739 D- = 680–699 F = 679 and below C. Late Assignment Policy If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email. Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions: 1. Late assignments submitted within one week of the due date will receive a 10% deduction. 2. Assignments submitted more than one week late will receive a 20% deduction. 3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the class will not be accepted. 4. Late Discussion Board threads or replies will not be accepted. Special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, personal health issues) will be reviewed by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. D. Disability Assistance Students with a documented disability may contact Liberty University Online’s Office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS) at [email protected] to make arrangements for academic accommodations. Further information can be found at www.liberty.edu/disabilitysupport. Page 3 of 3 COUR ### Course Schedule COURSE SCHEDULE NURS 520 Textbooks: Pasero & McCaffery, Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management (2011). MODULE/ WEEK READING & STUDY 1 Pasero & McCaffery: chs. 1–2, 14, 16 1 presentation 1 website Course Requirements Checklist Class Introductions DB Forum 1 10 0 100 2 Pasero & McCaffery: chs. 3–4, 11 2 presentations DB Forum 2 125 3 Pasero & McCaffery: ch. 28 1 presentation Procedural Pain Management Exercise 150 4 Pasero & McCaffery: chs. 7–8 1 presentation Systems Paper Outline 50 5 Pasero & McCaffery: chs. 16, 18–20 1 presentation Systems Paper 200 6 1 presentation 1 website DB Forum 3 125 7 Review Text Readings 1 presentation 1 website PPT Annotated Bibliography 75 8 Self-Selected Bible Readings 1 presentation 1 website PPT Presentation 175 TOTAL 1010 ASSIGNMENTS POINTS DB = Discussion Board PPT= PowerPoint NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.