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The Pharmacology of Pain Relievers: Revisiting the Basics – 2 CE

Activity Overview

Millions of Americans rely on over-the-counter and prescription medications to manage their chronic pain and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, at least two million Americans misuse the painkillers prescribed by their doctor for various medical conditions in 2020 alone. As a health care professional, you have to adhere to evidence-based best practices when administering analgesics and educate patients on the proper use of analgesics to prevent them from developing dangerous side effects while making the most out of their treatment regimen.

This course is equivalent to two contact hours. It can be accessed through the convenience of a computer, laptop, or mobile device.


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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Name and translate the rights of medical administration in nursing practice.
  2. Identify and apply evidence-based best practices for the administration of analgesics based on WHO’s analgesic ladder.
  3. Assess patients to determine the appropriateness of their current or proposed pain management regimen.
  4. Identify relevant clinical considerations for both opioid and non-opioid analgesics.
  5. Identify relevant patient education considerations when administering analgesics.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



2.0 Contact Hours

Target Audience


Activity Type

Contains case-based material


CA BRN No. 2020138
FL BON Provider No. 50-20641
CE Broker No. 20-907987
GNA Approved Provider Number is 4003268


Dr. Patricia Dunn



Accreditation Statement

AchieveCE is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. GNA Approved Provider Number is 4003268.

Start Date: 07/14/2022
Expiration Date: 07/14/2025

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support.

Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

CE Broker Reporting

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Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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