The PRN Curriculum and Planning Guide is a digital (available only in Flash Drive and CD formats) program implementation tool-kit, designed to assist clinicians/ educators in hospital settings to coordinate and implement a Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Program as a means of improving the quality of pain management.
The curriculum in the Guide includes content on the prevalence and impact of pain, basic pain physiology, assessment of pain, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, methods of drug delivery, acute and chronic pain, cancer pain, management of pain in patients with substance abuse, and the PRN role. The curriculum is organized into nine modules, each containing objectives, an outline, PowerPointŪ slides, a case study and narrative, and sample test questions. The Additional Educational Materials section contains tools to foster interactive and independent learning: an attitude survey, case studies, role plays, learn and discover exercises, materials to teach equianalgesic conversions, and a collection of Fast Facts (one-page educational tools).
The Guide provides also an overview of the PRN Program concept as well as practical tips on how to coordinate, budget and evaluate a PRN training course, and how to support and engage the PRNs who are trained. There is a section of sample Planning and Coordination Tools with templates to use to plan and manage an ongoing PRN Program.
All of the key planning and educational materials are available as electronic files on the included CD ROM