Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 598–603 | Cite as

The Enduring Need for the Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Training Program

  • Marcia GrantEmail author
  • Betty Ferrell
  • Jo Hanson
  • Virginia Sun
  • Gwen Uman


Nurses play a pivotal role in pain management but academic nursing curricula remain lacking in basic pain management principles. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term impact of the City of Hope Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Training Course on nursing pain management practice. An online survey, comparing RNs’ pre- and post-training practice, assessed the long-term impact of the course on content application and dissemination. Participants with 1–9 years post-course attendance (2002–2010) were invited to complete a brief survey (N = 783). Respondents (N = 180; 23%) reported significant improvements in their comfort with basic opioid administration (p < .001). Relaxation was the most common non-drug intervention used by respondents. Pain assessment content was most frequently applied to practice (97%). Most respondents (89%) disseminated course content to others within their own institutions. PRN-trained nurses expressed improved confidence in pain management and attributed course content to the improvement in their practice behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcia Grant
    • 1
    Email author
  • Betty Ferrell
    • 1
  • Jo Hanson
    • 1
  • Virginia Sun
    • 1
  • Gwen Uman
    • 2
  1. 1.Nursing Research & Education, Department of Population SciencesCity of HopeDuarteUSA
  2. 2.Vital ResearchLos AngelesUSA

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