I've been interested in getting a certification in Pain Management, and I've read through a lot of the material on the ANCC website, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and this website, and I figure some of you must be certified and would answer my questions
I am an RN with 5 years experience, mostly LTAC/Rehab/Subacute/Telemetry- I deal with patients with pain from surgeries, amputations, wounds, chest pain, fractures, rehab etc. Pain management is a huge part of my daily assessments and treatments for my patients. It seems like many here who are certified from reading posts are actually Pain Management Nurses and work in Pain Clinics. Do you think I am qualified? I deal with many narcotics, have dealt with pumps, patches etc for managing pain for my patients. I just wonder if I'd be over my head!
I had a very hard time figuring out some of the stuff on the websites regarding CEU's for qualification. I read that you need 30 CEU's in the pain management specialty on ANCC and the American Society for Pain Management said something about 30 CEU's but 15 in pain management specifically.
THEN... a CEU is 10 contact hours? Many $20+ online courses for hours are like 2-3 contact hours... How on earth do you end up eventually getting 30 (or 15) CEU's that way? I tried navigating the online site for online seminars for CEU's and I wasn't really able to find something. I found one site that was possible, but they called their classes something completely different than CEU or contact hour.
Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!