Pediatric Hospital-based Opioid Use and Prescribing: The Latest Evidence for Pediatric-Focused Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

1.0 NAPNAP Pharmacology Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10 for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is $20. 
The opioid epidemic brought to light the extent of opioid use across America. Among hospitalized children, 40% receive an opioid prescription. While acute pain management is essential to hospital care and opioids are a mainstay of treatment, children who receive an opioid prescription have a greater risk of develop opioid use disorder. This presentation will cover the latest evidence-based recommendations for opioid use in management of acute pain, including the first-ever pediatric-focused recommendations. Attendees will have exposure to controlled substance education necessary for ongoing APRN licensure and prescriptive authority.

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 1.0 is pharmacology content and 1.0 controlled substance .

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology of opioid use and prescribing for pediatric acute pain management in hospital-based settings.
  • Identify opioid prescribing and stewardship practices that contribute to safer acute pain management practices.
  • Discuss legislative and regulatory policies that influence controlled substance prescribing by pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses.
Course summary
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Kristin Gigli PhD, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
Dr. Kristin Hittle Gigli is an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and health services researcher. She is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research examines the role of hospital-based advanced practice provider workforce in providing care as well as health outcomes of hospitalized children. She earned her PhD in Nursing, with a health services research concentration, from Vanderbilt University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, Kristin has more than 15 years of experience working in pediatric critical care and a clinical appointment in the PICU at Children’s Health Dallas. She is also a member of the NAPNAP Health Policy Committee and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Hospital Care.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours


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