Essential Pain Management (EPM)

Over the course of six weeks, NSMHPCN Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultants (PPSMCs) will work with EPM learners to provide foundational knowledge and skills in pain assessment, management, and evaluation from a palliative care approach. The focus of the course is on the pharmacological management of pain, which can then be applied to practice.

The focus of this course is on the pharmacological management of pain. Pain assessment, management, and evaluation are foundational skills for nurses working in any practice setting.  EPM aims to equip nurses with a foundational knowledge base and skills around pain management, from a palliative care approach, that can be applied to your practice.

EPM is designed to benefit and appeal to all classes of nurses who care for adults living with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. It allows you set your own learning pace as you enhance foundational knowledge, interact with evidence-informed tools and resources to complete case-based activities, and engage in one or more coaching sessions designed to be responsive to your individual pain-related learning needs.


You will have a minimum of six weeks to complete the course. To receive an EPM certificate, you must:

  • complete the four modules online and
  • attend one 90-minute, mandatory online coaching session.


Advanced Approaches to Manage Pain (AMP) Preparation

Following EPM, you will have automatic access to the online AMP Preparation Module to explore advanced pain management.

Following successful completion of the AMP Preparation module, and the AMP module quiz, you’ll earn your AMP Preparation badge.  At this time, you will be able to attend the 3-hour AMP coaching session. To receive an AMP certificate, you must complete:

  • the online AMP Preparation Module
  • one mandatory 3-hour, AMP coaching session with case-based activities to practice your skills

Cost: $40.00

The course fee:

  • includes EPM and the optional AMP Module Preparation
  • non-refundable once Brightspace platform has been accessed

Technology Requirements: Access to the internet to complete the online learning modules on D2L’s Brightspace learning platform along with access to the Zoom platform and an operational microphone and camera for participating in the coaching session(s).

Full Participation is mandatory to receive a certificate.

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Upcoming Sessions
Fall 2024
Course Dates: October 1st, 2024 – November 26th, 2024
Registration Deadline: September 17th, 2024
Independent Study: Scheduled by participants.
Coaching Session: November 14th, 2024

9:00 am – 10:30 am

APM Session: November 26th, 2024

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Winter 2025
Course Dates: January 28th, 2025 – March 25th, 2025
Registration Deadline: January 14th, 2025
Independent Study: Scheduled by participants.
Coaching Session: March 18th, 2025

9:00 am – 10:30 am

APM Session: March 25th, 2025

9:00 am – 12:00 pm