How does one specialize?

  1. I am considering a career in nursing and pain management seem interesting.

    However, there does not seem to be a CNS in pain management. At my first glance through the field it seems that only CRNA's have any advanced training in pain management.

    Can a nurse specialize in this field? Are there educational programs for this? Are there in MS level programs?

    Thank for your assistance.
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  3. by   dhudzinski
    I have worked as a nurse Consultant for Pain and Palliative Care for the last 14 years. I do indepth pain assessments and help to develop a realistic pain plan for the patient. I Have a Master's degree from the UW in Seattle. I get referrals from Physicians and from nurses.

    I will be attending NYU in 2005, to get a Nurse Practitioner Certification in Palliative Care. They have the only program that I have found in the US. And of course pain management is integral to that specialty. Only Problem is that not many states recognize Pain and palliative care as a specialty for Nurse Practitioners.

    I am confident that it will be recognized as a specialty in my state by the time I need it. Physicians do not want to do it. At least not in our neck of the woods. Pain management is time consuming BUT very rewarding when you can help a person take control of their life again.