APRN Case Study: Pain Management


Course Target Audience

  • Clinical Nurses Specialist
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Students

Course Description

This case study covers the most appropriate assessment tool, diagnoses and treatment plans for geriatric pain conditions.


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing (HIGN), with generous funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, developed these case studies to facilitate the transition to Adult-Gerontology APRN education as described in The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education. One of the major goals of this project is to provide Primary and Acute Care Adult NP faculty, Adult CNS faculty, and other faculty who prepare NPs or CNSs to care for older adults, (e.g. FNPs, WHNPs, Women’s Health CNSs), with multiple resources and strategies to assist them in making this transition.

Course Learning Objectives

After viewing this case study, you will be able to:

  1. Determine the most appropriate pain assessment tool for geriatric patient
  2. Identify appropriate differential diagnoses for selected geriatric pain conditions
  3. Formulate most appropriate treatment plan for selected geriatric pain condition

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