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Pain Competency Self-Assessment
Competency outcome 1: The student appropriately performs and documents pain screenings,
assessments, and reassessments.
Competency outcome 2: The student teaches the patient and family about pain control.
Competency outcome 3: The student collaborates with the patient, the family, and the
healthcare team to develop a pain management plan and define pain relief goals.
Competencies 1–3
Y or N
Asks all patients, in initial evaluation and routinely as part of a health
assessment, about the presence of pain
If pain is present, assesses critical characteristics, including location,
quality, intensity, temporal characteristics, alleviating and aggravating
factors, impact of pain, past interventions, and responses
Utilizes simple and reliable pain intensity scales appropriate to age and
cognitive status
Teaches patients how and when to report pain, including side effects or
adverse effects of pain treatment, roles in helping to manage pain,
realistic pain relief goals, and how to utilize pain interventions
Discusses realistic goals with patients
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Communicates and collaborates appropriately with physician, team
members, unit pain resource nurse, inpatient pain consult services, acute
pain service, anesthesiology, and others
Competency outcome 4: The student safely and effectively administers a pain treatment plan
(including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions).
Competency 4
Competent Y
or N
Administers prescribed analgesics as appropriate (combinations of analgesics,
scheduled versus prn, and titration to meet individual needs)
Assesses patients’ responses to interventions and documents reassessments
within the time frame indicated by the unit’s pain procedures
Proactively manages side effects of opioid analgesics
Utilizes a variety of nonpharmacologic strategies to promote pain relief,
including distraction, relaxation, imagery, massage, heat, cold, and
Competency outcome 5: The student accurately programs and utilizes a patient-controlled
analgesia (PCA) pump.
Competency 5
Competent Y
or N
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Demonstrates setup and use of designated IV pump
Follows policy and procedure when caring for patients with IV PCA,
including appropriate documentation on pain infusion flow sheet
Defines and recognizes opioid-induced respiratory depression and implements
appropriate interventions
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