NSAIDS: Friend or Foe in the Battle Against Pain?

May 29, 2019

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Presenter(s): June E. Oliver, MSN, APRN/CNS, RN-BC, CCNS, AP-PMN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Swedish Covenant Hospital

Target Audience: This offering is intended for all RNs involved with pain management whether as a bedside staff nurse or as an advance practice provider.

Webinar description: With the rise in public and professional concern over opioid overdose deaths, a growing emphasis is being placed on using non-opioid analgesics. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, while not new, are garnering new interest as an opioid alternative. Along with demonstrated analgesic efficacy for nociceptive pain, these medications carry significant risks of morbidity and mortality from multiple mechanisms, ranging from hypertension, ulcerations, bleeding, kidney injury and cardiovascular acute events. In using this class of medication, the pain practitioner needs to have a strong understanding of the pharmacology of the variety of NSAIDs, impact of dosing and length of treatment, indications and contraindications and monitoring for toxicities. Weighing the risk and benefits in choosing an NSAID, including newer combination medications with gastrointestinal protective agents, will be explored- and contrasted with an overview of opioid risk and benefits.

Educational objectives:

  • Describe the mechanism of action and pharmacologics characteristics of NSAIDs.
  • List various organ and physiological potential toxicities of NSAIDs, including risk mitigation and monitoring.
  • Compare safety profile of NSAIDs and Opioids as consideration when selecting analgesics.

Continuing education information:
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing® is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering has been submitted for approval for nursing contact hours applicable for RN, LPN and LMHT relicensure.


May 29
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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June E. Oliver, MSN, APRN/CNS, RN-BC, CCNS, AP-PMN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Swedish Covenant Hospital
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