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The Student Nurse Pain Pal
How to Evaluate Online Resources 
As a student nurse, it is important to ensure that information obtained online is accurate and scholarly in nature. Online resources must meet certain criteria. You will find these eight questions useful when determining if you have obtained a credible source for use in discussions, writings, and when determining evidence-based nursing practices.

Eight Questions to Ask When Evaluating Online Resources
1.      What is the domain of the online resource? – stick with .org and .gov
2.      Who is the publisher or sponsor of the online resource?
3.      Who is the author? – Are credentials and contact information provided?
4.      When was the site last updated? – Currency of information and date of last update present? 
5.      Who is the intended audience? – Is the resource intended for academic audience or for people with no special expertise?
6.      Purpose of the online resource? – Is the purpose to persuade or contain biased content?
7.      Quality of Content – Is Content should be timely, verifiable, and accurate?
8.      Style and Tone – Appropriate for topic, spelling and grammar correct?

This guide to evaluating online resources was developed utilizing information gathered from the University of Illinois, the University of Colorado, and from Deborah J Grimes, Director of Library Services at Shelton State Community College.

Pathophysiology
The key to understanding how to treat pain is to understand the pathophysiology of the pain response. Once the pathophysiology is understood, the treatment modalities are selected that best reduce the pain response.


How does pathophysiology influence the type of treatment modality?
How can you incorporate your understanding of analgesics into your nursing practice?

Position Papers

A position paper is a critical analysis of current facts, data, and research literature. A key feature of the paper is the position statement, which presents the organizations stance on an issue. The two featured position papers were developed by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

How does this guideline compare to nursing practice in settings you’re familiar with?
How do you see position papers influencing evidence-based nursing practice?


Non-Pharmacological Therapies

Complementary and alternative treatment modalities continue to be explored in the management of acute and chronic pain. Incorporating these treatment modalities with traditional modalities can bring additional pain relief.

To access the most up to date information visit:
 

How can you incorporate complementary and alternative treatment modalities into your practice?
When would you explore utilizing complementary and alternative treatment modalities and when could they be used without traditional treatment modalities?

Additional Pain Resources for the Student Nurse
THE WISCONSIN CHAPTER THANKS JEFF WOBIG, RN,BSN, GRADUATE STUDENT, RUTH S. COLEMAN, COLLEGE OF NURSING, CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY, MILWAUKEE,WISCONSIN FOR DEVELOPING THIS PAGE
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