Updates in Acute Pain Management and Procedural Sedation for the APRN

Author(s): Jessica Peters, Catherine Horvath, Andrew Benson, Sarah Rollison

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Pharmacology Hours 0.60

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Pain Management, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

In this session we discuss pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities and best practices for acute pain management. We review the pharmacology and evidence surrounding acute pain management with an emphasis on interventions and monitoring for advanced practice providers within critical care and high-acuity intermediate care unit (IMC) settings. We discuss perioperative interventions for procedural sedation and mitigation of postoperative pain, including a discussion on appropriate patient evaluation and monitoring requirements. We also discuss evidence-based strategies to treat acute pain employed by advanced practice providers within the critical care and high-acuity intermediate care unit (IMC) setting, including how to troubleshoot challenging scenarios.


  • Discuss pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions implemented for comprehensive acute pain management.
  • Review the pathophysiology and etiology related to acute pain experience and perception.
  • Describe modalities and monitoring of regional and systemic acute pain management.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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