AANA Journal Course: Evidence-based Use of Non-Opioid Analgesics

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Class A Credits: 1

Pharmacology Credits: 0.25

Format: PDF

Course Launch Date: 8/14/18

Course Expires: 8/13/21

Member/Associate: $35.00

Non-Member: $50.00

The purpose of this activity is to foster increased knowledge of non-opioid analgesic options and change practice to further incorporate non-opioid analgesics, avoiding the risks associated with these drugs.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.


Post-Test Attempt Notice
A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Describe the risks and benefits of opioid analgesics.
  • Review nonopioid analgesics in terms of mechanisms of action doses risks and benefits.
  • Discuss the impact of enhanced recovery after surgery protocols on pain management.
  • Consider the role of the opioid crisis on selecting ordering and administering opioid agonists.
  • List the mechanisms of action for psychotropic and anticonvulsant agents used as analgesic adjuncts.

Charles A. Griffis, PhD, CRNA

Faculty, University of Southern California Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Griffis is a didactic instructor in research methods for the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia.  His areas of research have included pain pathophysiology and infection control. Recently appointed to the AANA Health and Wellness Committee, he now expanding his research and education efforts to wellness and suicide prevention. He is studying to become a State Peer Assistance Advisor, and is committed to the task of improving wellness for all nurse anesthetists.



Michael Kremer, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FNAP, FAAN

Professor and Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program at Rush University College of Nursing. Co-Director, Center for Clinical skills and Simulation Rush University Medical Center


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