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This Advanced Practice nurse cares for patients experiencing acute or chronic pain. After Pain Management Nurses assess the source of pain, they work with other nurses and doctors to coordinate treatment and care. Pain Management Nurses are also teachers, showing patients how to help manage their own pain, their medications and alternative ways to relieve their pain.

Things You'll Do:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Managerial

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Practice for at least two years, full-time, as a Registered Nurse.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Practice in a pain management nursing role for at least 2,000 hours in the three years prior to taking your Pain Management Certification Exam.
    More about the requirement ›
  • Get Your
    Certification (RN-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Become a
    Pain Management Nurse (PMN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Nursing homes

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $45K - $61K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You can work as a pain management specialist, a pain management nurse practitioner, or a pain management nursing supervisors.
    • Patients in pain could have trouble communicating verbally, so it’s important to be receptive to body language

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