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In the shadow of the current opioid epidemic, nurse practitioners (NPs) are leading the charge in pain management solutions, innovation and best practices. The Pain Management Specialty Practice Group (SPG) offers a unique opportunity to interactively collaborate with colleagues who share interest or clinical expertise in pain management. As an SPG member, you’ll have access to a cutting-edge, online forum where you can engage in discussions, document sharing and knowledge exchange with fellow NPs. Come learn, share and help progress the development of theory and practice in pain management.
Welcome to the Pain Management SPG! I am honored to serve as co-chair of this AANP Community. My career in chronic cancer pain management started almost eight years ago; however, I started my career as an NP almost 12 years ago in the hospice setting. It was early on in my nursing career that I realized how important the supportive care side of medicine is, and how access to this care significantly impacts a patient’s quality of life and functioning throughout their treatments.
I am passionate about the specialty of pain management, especially in the chronic cancer pain setting. It is so rewarding to see a very sick patient function better and have an improved quality of life with adequate pain control. As an NP in the cancer pain management setting, I can apply both the fundamentals of nursing and advanced practice to truly provide the best care for these complex patients. I feel that the dissemination of up-to-date and evidence-based information is imperative in providing appropriate patient care, and I look forward to collaborating with other members of this group!
I am so excited to be serving in the role of co-chair for the Pain Management SPG. I have worked in pain management since 2000, the last 15 years as an NP in an interventional pain private practice in NJ. It is a specialty that is near and dear to my heart. In addition to being certified in pain management through ASPMN, I am board certified through AHNCC as an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coach.
Caring for patients with chronic pain impacts nurse practitioners in every specialty. As such, I welcome all pain management NPs as well as those who may be in other specialties but are dedicated to decreasing patient suffering. Through the sharing of evidence and experience, this group can serve not only as a source of excellent education but of creativity and support as we care for this vulnerable population. Welcome to the group!
Join this growing SPG community and engage with other like-minded NPs with an interest in pain management. Take part in interactive discussion and debate, gain support and explore Q&As and always be on top of the latest available news, education and information.