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What is the role of the Pain Management Nurse? Watch this video to find out

​The American Society for Pain Management Nursing® is pleased to support the International Association for the Study of Pain and the European Pain Federation in their recognition of 2017 as the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery. Pain is an expected outcome of surgery, yet to date approximately half of patients report inadequate post-operative pain control. The American Society for Pain Management Nursing®’s mission is to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practices. The best way to accomplish this is to disseminate high-quality evidence-based guidelines that advise the use of multimodal analgesics and non-pharmacologic therapies. By partnering with other like-minded pain management professionals worldwide we can begin to improve quality and outcomes for managing pain after surgery for all patients.​

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​The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released their final report on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. That report can be found here​.


The Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations, was released with a 90 day public comment period. ASPMN® reviewed the draft document, and provided our comments that can be found here​. It is expected that the final report, following a thorough review of the comments received, will be released late spring or early summer.  

The draft report can be found here​.​

​Help ASPMN® grow in 2020 by inviting your colleagues to join ASPMN®.

We've even designed this handy virtual postcard to make it easier. Just download the postcard, insert it into an email and send it out to the nurses you know that would benefit from being a member.
Our goal is for every current ASPMN® member to gain just one new member this year.
Spread the word and invite a colleague to join today!


Celebrate Nurses Month by recognizing your colleagues for the critical work they do. Recognition fosters greater understanding of the diversity of the nursing profession by honoring exemplary nurses and engaging with your community.

  • Recognize one or more nurses who excel, lead, and innovate through their exemplary courage, community service, advocacy, research and innovation, and years of commitment to the profession by nominating them for an ASPMN® Award.
  • Work with your local ASPMN® Chapter to educate state legislators about the role and value of registered nurses in the health care system. Write a letter or share a video from nurses.
  • Place an article or opinion piece in your state or local newspaper(s), or in a community blog, about Nurses Month and the contributions of nurses.
  • Host a video news conference or an informal virtual media roundtable. Discuss nurses' response to major events and other important health care issues in your community, honor a registered nurse for a heroic act, or bestow an honorary nurse title on a deserving elected official or civic leader.

#nursesmonth #YON2020 #thankyounurses


​Help us to celebrate ASPMN®'s 30th Anniversary by making a donation of $30 or more. Your donation will assist ASPMN® with the development of educational materials and provide support for an array of programs that further our mission while allowing us to keep those programs accessible and affordable for our members and the larger pain management nursing community.

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Save the Date!

September 29 - October 2, 2021
San Antonio, Texas


This edition is a comprehensive special issue on Trends in Opioid Use for Pain Management and is freely available for all in 2020.

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ASPMN recognizes the systemic racism that has affected not only our Black and Brown patients but also our healthcare professional colleagues. Our collective pain and suffering have reached new levels as our nation struggles with a crisis of conscience that has emerged on top of the COVID-19 health crisis.

 As nurses - and more specifically as people who care - we advocate for those who are suffering. For physical pain, that means providing safe and effective pain management. For the emotional and societal pain we now face, however, the solutions will be more difficult.

 We call on our peers to help us in a search for answers and invite you to join a forum to share what you are seeing, how you are feeling, and how we, as a profession, can take effective action.

 We are starting that conversation today by asking each of you to share what's going on for you. What level of pain and grief are you feeling? How are you coping? What small or large things are you doing to help manage the pain for ALL your patients? And most of all, how can we help? 

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​ASPMN®‎ will hold its 31st National Conference September 29-October 2 in San Antonio, Texas. The Conference Planning Committee seeks presentation proposals that address important pain management issues, increase the knowledge and skills of pain management nursing professionals, and promote the development of our profession. Proposals on any topic in pain management are welcome for consideration, and virtual presentations are an option.

Presentation submissions will be accepted for the following session types:

  • General Session (50 minutes)
  • Pre-Conference Workshop (half-day and full-day)
  • Concurrent Session (includes both clinical and research submissions – 50 minutes)
  • Power Session (15-to-25 minutes)
  • Submission Deadline – March 15, 2021 (for general sessions, concurrent sessions, and workshops)
    • ASPMN®‎ will accept both virtual and in-person presentation proposals
  • Clinical, Research, or Industry Poster – The poster submission deadline is later in the spring (after May 1). A separate call for posters will be sent this spring.

Review submission instructions, including descriptions of submission types and categories.

Submit a Proposal