Ask the Experts: Pain Nurses in Europe
SIP Editorial Team – Belgium
Being a pain nurse is action-packed: Responsibilities range from acute pain services and palliative care, through to education activities and coaching. We spoke to seven nurses and healthcare professionals from across Europe to find out how this profession is recognized in different countries, and to discuss regional differences. They shared their thoughts on what makes a pain nurse’s work important, interesting and admirable – and where they see potential improvements.
Read the seven testimonials which show exactly how important nurses are when it comes to pain treatment and pain management. While the profession is quite new and working conditions vary considerably from country to country, it’s clear that pain nurses are essential partners in pain management – and deserve our full respect and recognition.
In fact, Bart Morlion, President of the European Pain Federation EFIC®, recently announced that the Federation has plans to develop additional pain curricula and exams for nurses and, in virtue of its multidisciplinary nature, the Federation encourages wide participation of this important group of healthcare professionals in its activities.