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Digital Seminar

Prescribing for Pain Management: Best Practices for Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications

Debra J Dermady-Ray, RN-BC, MS, ANP-BC
2 Hours
Audio and Video
May 19, 2022
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We are in the midst of an opioid crisis.  Treating chronic pain patients with opioid medications has become more complicated than ever before. The CDC’s published opioid guidelines have caused confusion regarding appropriate pain medication management.  

View Debra Dermady-Ray, RN-BC, MS, ANP-BC, to learn the very latest to safely prescribe pain medications – opioid and nonopioid - to treat chronic pain conditions, while following the CDC guidelines. Debra will help you to identify substance abuse red flags and interpret the Urine Drug Screen results to better prescribe to your patients.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

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Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 05/19/2025.

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Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 05/19/2022. It was last reviewed on 05/04/2022 and is valid until 05/04/2025.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Debra J Dermady-Ray, RN-BC, MS, ANP-BC's Profile

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Debra Dermady-Ray, RN-BC, MS, ANP-BC, is a nurse practitioner who has worked in pain management for the last 15 years. She has been an interventional pain specialist treating many different chronic pain conditions and opioid management. Debra has been involved in pain management research, has taught NP students on various pain related topics and teaches a review course for the ANCC pain management nursing certification exam. Her specialty expertise has been recognized, as she holds certifications in pain management nursing by the ANCC and in opioid management by The American Association of Allied Interventional Pain Management Professionals.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Debra Dermady-Ray maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Optum. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Debra Dermady-Ray is a member of the American Nurses Association.

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  1. Analyze the steps of pain pharmacokinetics to select the best medication options. 
  2. Appraise a patient for at-risk substance use disorder signs. 
  3. Determine current opioid and adjunctive medications for the treatment of chronic pain.  
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the evolving CDC dosing guidelines. 
  5. Evaluate idiosyncrasies of Urine Drug Screen (UDS) results.


Pharmacokinetics to Guide Medication Decisions 

  • Absorption 
  • Volume distribution 
  • Metabolism 
  • Excretion/Elimination 
  • Aging considerations 

Principles of Analgesia 

  • Individual differences 
  • Assessment of pain relief 

Medications for Pain Management 

  • Non-opioid (adjunctive) medication management: NSAIDs, topical, SNRI’s, TCAs 
  • Side effects, adverse drug reactions & allergic reactions 
  • Dosing schedules 
  • Routes of administration 
  • Drug interactions 
  • Opioid rotation 
  • Opioids medications 
  • Opioid safety 
  • CDC guidelines 

Substance Use Disorder 

  • Addiction 
  • Physical dependence 
  • Tolerance 
  • Withdrawal 
  • Psuedoaddiction 

Standard of Care for Scheduled Pain Medications 

  • Red flag (drug seeking) 
  • Urine Drug Screen results 
  • Pain agreements 
  • The 10 steps to universal precautions in pain medicine 

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants


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