New ANA Position Statement on the Ethical Responsibility to Manage Pain

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The national response to the opioid crisis impacts pain management for nurses in every role and practice setting. Recognizing biases, preventing moral disengagement, creating ethical practice environments, and addressing financial inequities are tactics for minimizing constraints and approaching better relief of pain and suffering.  Nurses have an ethical responsibility to:

  • reflect on individual experiences regarding pain and the suffering it causes
  • set aside or bracket biases to better understand the patient's experience
  • influence policies that shape and control pain management practices individually or with a collective voice
  • actively promote work settings and policies that support ethical practice environments
  • advocate for improved equality in coverage for all effective pain relief modalities

Read the full position description.