Northern Illinois Pain Resource Consortium honored

Staff Report

Northern Illinois Pain Resource Consortium, was honored by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) for advocating for appropriate and effective pain management throughout the lifespan. The members encompass multiple health systems: OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, SwedishAmerican Health System, Rockford Health System, FHN in Freeport, Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center, CGH Medical Center in Sterling, and Medical Pain Management Services, Inc. The Northern Illinois Pain Resource Consortium was recognized for its united approach to pain management and received the Advocacy Award at the organization’s 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego.

The Consortium has been functioning for more than 15 years. Its members practice, present and educate in the field of pain management in local, regional and national arenas. They represent varied areas of nursing specialties including: pediatrics, geriatrics and palliative care. The Consortium provides Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) training and continuing education, and encourage and facilitate inter-professional collaborations to achieve their goal.

ASPMN recognized the group of dedicated nurses working throughout the state for a common goal: education, empowerment and evidence-based practices in the field of pain management.

Helen Turner, DNP, RN-BC, PCNS-BC, president, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, said: “We are pleased to recognize the Northern Illinois Pain Resource Consortium for their outstanding contribution to the quality care of patients with pain. They have demonstrated excellence in the areas of patient care, community service, and collaboration and education of all patients within the state.”

An estimated 400 pain management nurses from across the country and around the world convened in San Diego for ASPMN’s 24th Annual Conference.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that “every year, approximately 100 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition that costs the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion annually.  Much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed.” Additionally, the IOM calls for coordinated national efforts of public and private organizations to create a cultural transformation on the approach to appropriate pain management.

The American Society for Pain Management Nursing is an organization of professional nurses dedicated to advancing and promoting optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practices. This is accomplished through pain care education, training, advocacy and research. For more about the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, visit www.aspmn.org.

Posted Oct. 29, 2014

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