Pain is always debilitating, whether it’s acute or chronic. They take away the desire to go outside and enjoy, even though it doesn’t let you lead a routine life. They take away the appetite and the joy of meeting other people. Anyone who has struggled with a toothache knows how much pain affects daily life.

In institutions for senior citizens, dealing with pain is part of everyday life for the nursing staff. Even in respite care services, their specialty in pain management can have a significant impact. It’s good if every team has a colleague who is an expert in dealing with pain.

In the Gaelynn senior facilities, we emphasize our professionals for further training in pain management

Further training to become a pain management nurse provides the participants with specialized knowledge in the field of pain assessment and pain documentation and also teaches various therapeutic methods and their practical implementation. 

This is why further training to become a pain management nurse specialist assistant is recommended and supported by Galeynn.

A short story as an example

Herta S. (82 years old) lives in a deacon nursing home. She has breast cancer and has reached the end of possible therapeutic measures. She has been given medication by her doctor to relieve her pain. Nevertheless, Ms. S. repeatedly complains of pain.

“This is where the sensitivity of the nursing staff is required,” says Manuela Filler. It is important to look carefully:

Appropriate pain therapy improves the quality of life

Pain Measurement Scale

All of these observations are very important pointers for Ms. Herta’s doctor, who ultimately decides on the pain medication Ms. Herta receives.

“In palliative situations, in particular, we have to make sure that those affected can still lead a life worth living and support this with suitable pain therapy,” says Manuela Filler. She comes from the nursing practice and, based on her professional and personal experience, knows how important professional pain management is.

“With the qualification to become a pain nurse, nurses can talk to the doctor about pain management at eye level,” adds Jessica. After all, the caregivers are longer and more intensive with the residents. “The doctor never gets the complete picture.”

What is the content of the further qualification to become a pain nurse?

The topics of acute, chronic, and tumor-related pain are dealt with in accordance with the national expert standard.

Contents are for example:

For the Pain Nurse Plus, the participant selects specializations in addition to the basic modules such as:

Pain management specialist assistance:

This training course has the same content as the Pain Nurse but takes place in attendance. Both training courses are certified by the German Pain Society.

For whom is this further qualification suitable?

For all nurses who have completed their vocational training and who work, for example, in facilities for the elderly, in hospitals, or in the outpatient sector.

Why does Gaelynn promote qualification?

Correctly assessing pain and dealing with it is “a high requirement for the nursing staff,” says Manuela Filler. “That is why we, at Gaelynn, are extremely interested in our nursing staff receiving further training. Many chronically ill people, seriously ill and dying people live in the senior citizens’ facilities, and we care for them,” continued Filler.

To finance further training, the employees at Gaelynn fall back on a personal further training budget.

Manuela Filler emphasizes: “We absolutely want the further training because we want to offer people with pain symptoms the best possible support and pain relief.”

Working with Seniors at Gaelynn Home Care

Gaelynn offers a wide range of options for elderly home care services – from fully inpatient and partial inpatient care facilities to outpatient assisted living and outpatient care services. Gaelynn is known for its wide range of home care services and the use of innovative technologies and digital aids to relieve the nursing staff.