Geriatric pain competencies and knowledge assessment for nurses in long term care settings

Kristen L. Swafford, Lois L. Miller, Keela Herr, Chris Forcucci, Anne Marie L Kelly, Debra Bakerjian

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Pain in older adults is a prevalent problem that affects quality of life and challenges nurses, particularly those caring for older adults living in long term care settings. Despite the national priority of pain management, insufficient knowledge of nurses about geriatric pain is a documented barrier to effective geriatric pain management in all long term care settings. To address this knowledge gap, a website (. was developed by the National Geriatric Pain Collaborative with a grant from the MayDay Fund to provide a single site for evidenced-based, easy-to-use, downloadable resources on pain management. This paper describes the development of the most recent addition to the website, a set of evidence-based core geriatric pain management competencies and a geriatric pain knowledge assessment, and discusses their potential uses in improving pain care for older adults. Geriatric Pain Competencies and Knowledge Assessment for Nurses in Long Term Care Settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-427
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Competencies
  • Competency assessment tool
  • Education
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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