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NOTE: This course provides less than 1 hour of continuing education credit and will not be accepted in states that require CE courses to provide a minimum of 1 hour of continuing education in a single learning session (e.g., Florida). For information on current CE requirements in your state, consult your state's licensure board for nurses.

This activity was developed for nurses in areas of practice other than pediatrics who may be called upon to treat pediatric patients or who may be transferring to that specialty.

No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

STATEMENT OF NEED Pain in childhood that is not adequately addressed can be detrimental to physical, emotional and academic development. It is critical that healthcare providers be able to evaluate pain in children and provide the means to alleviate it. Healthcare providers need to be aware of methods used to assist pediatric patients in describing their pain, and to use their observational skills to determine the nature and severity of a child's pain.

To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Attestation section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online activity evaluation form.


    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    CREDIT DESIGNATION Medcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit


    This course provides an overview of the nature of pain in the pediatric population. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Defining pain
  • How children understand pain
  • Conclusion

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define types of pain.
  • Identify the main misconceptions about pain among pediatric patients.
  • Differentiate between acute, chronic and procedural pain.
  • Distinguish between nociceptive pain and neuropathic pain.
  • Explain the different ways in which children understand, process and express pain.

    AUTHOR / REVIEWERS This educational activity is wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, CNS, CPHQ,CPHRM served as nurse planner, and Kari Albrecht, RN, MSN served as subject matter expert in review of the content, and performed a content validation review.

    PLANNER / AUTHOR DISCLOSURE In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSURE Medcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    DISCLAIMER As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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