Elsevier and the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) on Tuesday jointly announced a new partnership that they hope will assist new nurses with transitioning to the acute-care, medical-surgical setting.

The two companies are developing a Web-based pain management lesson that will be part of a new eLearning product. The course is scheduled to launch in early 2016.

Cindy Tryniszewski, RN, MSN, executive director of Clinical eLearning at Elsevier Clinical Solutions, told Clinical Pain Advisor that the lesson is being written and peer reviewed by specialists in the pain management community.

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“The content is being developed in a new interactive format that concludes with a branching case study posttest,” she said. “This approach helps nurses apply their critical-thinking skills and experience the consequences of their actions in a safe environment.”

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Designed to promote critical thinking and the application of knowledge in real world clinical situations, the course will contain several interactive elements. For example, there will be interactive role-play scenarios throughout the lesson to challenge nurses.

“Pain management has always presented a challenge to nurses,” she said. “However, by arming new graduates with the most current, evidence-based information from the experts, patients in their care are likely to achieve optimal pain control and better outcomes.”