APS, along with the Journal of Family Practice, will host Pain Care for Primary Care in Orlando, July 17-19. The conference allows primary care providers an opportunity to improve their understanding of pain and pain management. This learning opportunity is designed for primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants. Session highlights include regulations and safe practices, headache and back pain, neuropathy and fibromyalgia, pharmacological approaches and more. The PCPC faculty includes nationally known experts in pain care and pain research. The three-day conference will offer 17 continuing education (CME/CNE) credit/contact hours for physicians, nurses and physician assistants. Learn more.
The American Pain Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting begins on Wednesday, May 8, with a preconference symposium on complementary and alternative medicine. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research," will feature treatment approaches for a variety of pain conditions and discuss the possible clinical applications for health care professionals. The challenges and opportunities associated with current research will also be addressed. Advance registration is required. The 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting will be held May 8-11 in New Orleans. Learn more.
A two-day communication skills program significantly increased the total mean self-efficacy scores of perioperative nurses in managing disruptive physician behavior, according to a study in the AORN Journal. Researchers found that nurses were able to handle disruptive behavior 71% of the time four weeks after the program.
The ANA sought the support of lawmakers for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2011 during a congressional briefing last week. Under the provisions of the bill, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists would be allowed to authorize home health services. "ANA strongly supports this critically important bipartisan legislation, which in addition to saving money, would ensure better patient access to care and remove barriers for nurses as qualified providers," ANA President Karen Daley said.
The commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, also brings an opportunity to reflect on how nurses can prepare for future emergencies, according to a statement from ANA President Karen Daley. Nurses "need to be professionally prepared," Daley said. "As a nurse, there may be expectations of you to provide care in a different setting or situation than what you're used to."