The enduring need for the pain resource nurse (PRN) training program

Marcia Grant, Betty Ferrell, Jo Hanson, Virginia Sun, Gwen Uman

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Nurses play a pivotal role in pain management but academic nursing curricula remain lacking in basic pain management principles. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term impact of the City of Hope Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Training Course on nursing pain management practice. An online survey, comparing RNs' pre- and post-training practice, assessed the long-term impact of the course on content application and dissemination. Participants with 1-9 years post-course attendance (2002-2010) were invited to complete a brief survey (N= 783). Respondents (N=180; 23%) reported significant improvements in their comfort with basic opioid administration (p<.001). Relaxation was the most common nondrug intervention used by respondents. Pain assessment content was most frequently applied to practice (97%). Most respondents (89%) disseminated course content to others within their own institutions. PRN-trained nurses expressed improved confidence in pain management and attributed course content to the improvement in their practice behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-603
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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