Special Topic Course – Pain: A Definite Indicator For Neonatal Therapy

Understanding, assessing, and reducing pain in a pre-verbal patient population can be difficult. However, this is a skillset we cannot underestimate or underappreciate.

Simply stated in this course description, “Reduction of pain is one of the most important jobs a neonatal professional must competently complete.”

Learn, address, support, advocate.

Course Description: In the last 20 years a paradigm shift in the assumption of pain perception and pain memory in the newborn infant has occurred. Medical professionals are now held accountable for measuring pain and response to pain interventions as the “fifth vital sign”. Neonatal therapists have a unique skill set and time flexibility that affords them a powerful impact on pain in this population. This presentation outlines the consequences of unmanaged pain in neonates and summarizes intervention strategies available to the bedside care provider. Reduction of pain is one of the most important jobs a neonatal professional must competently complete.

Speaker: Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC

Topic: Pain: A Definite Indicator for Neonatal Therapy

0-5 min: Definitions and presentation of Pain in Neonates
5-15 min: Realities and consequences of untreated pain
15-20 min: HPA Axis and Epigenetics of pain
20-40 min: Measurement of pain behavior and pain management strategies
40 – 50 minutes Preemptive and real time pain management strategies
50 – 60 minutes Pain intervention and measurement summary

Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, and other Neonatal professionals

Level: Intermediate


  1. Verbalize the potential long-term effects of unmanaged pain in neonates.
  2. Recall 3 pain management interventions/techniques.
  3. Cite the role of cortisol in pain and stress for neonates.

Instructional Method: Recorded video with handouts. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

CE Credit: 1 hour of CE Credit.

Approved for OT, PT, SLP, RN

Course Fee: $57 or Free for NANT Members

What your colleagues are saying about this course:

“A great lecture.” – Annette Annesley, PT

“More NICU staff need to know this information.” – Vicki Gallagher-Keena, BSN, RN, CLEC

“I appreciate a topic on pain from NANT, it gave me additional research/ information I can use to support my claims when advocating.” – Lauren Quinn, OTD, OTR/L

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