Clinical Handbook of Neonatal Pain Management for Nurses

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Clinical Handbook of Neonatal Pain Management for Nurses

SKU# 9780826194374

Author: Tara Marko MSN, RNC-NIC, Michelle Dickerson MSN-Ed, RNC-NIC, RN-BC

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Written specifically for nurses, this clinical handbook provides unmatched comprehensive information on pain management for the vulnerable neonatal population. Given the possibility of significant short- and long-term consequences of neonatal pain if left unmanaged, all nurses in neonatal settings should be familiar with the origins of neonatal pain, pain assessment, and the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic pain management techniques outlined and explained in this clinical guide.

Each chapter contains critical information on safe and proven therapies for common painful procedures, including lists of dosages and side effects. Nurses can use this clinical handbook to adopt strategies to routinely assess pain, minimize the number of painful procedures, employ drug-based and non-drug-based therapies that prevent pain in routine procedures, and eliminate pain associated with surgery. As a well-rounded guide and resource for use in neonatal settings, this portable reference also features chapters on how nurses can engage others to assist with neonatal pain, and expands upon the role of the family to ensure the best neonatal care.


  • The first clinical handbook specifically for nurses treating neonates
  • A holistic, state-of-the-art resource describing pain management techniques
  • Addresses assessment, medications, and the application of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic pain management techniques
  • Lists dosages and side effects
  • Discusses how to manage withdrawal pain from neonatal abstinence syndrome

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 04, 2016
  • Page Count 236
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826194374
  • EISBN 9780826194381

About The Author(s) 

Tara Marko, MSN, RNC-NIC, is an experienced Neonatal Nursing clinician and educator, with a specialty in Level III and IV NICUs. She is currently in clinical practice in the Level IV NICU at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. She also serves as Adjunct Professor and Clinical Instructor at California State University School of Nursing, San Marcos, CA, where she teaches Maternal-Child Health. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Clinical Safety Specialist for Merck and a Pharmacovigilance Coordinator for i3 Drug Safety. She received her MSN from Seton Hall University, where she was awarded the Sara M. Erickson Award for Leadership in Nursing.

Michelle Dickerson, MSN, RNC-NIC, is the Unit Educator and Practice Program Coordinator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ. She also currently serves as Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics and Obstetrics at Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ. She is certified as a Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Table of Contents 


Foreword John Tadros, MD, FAAP


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Section I: Neonatal Pain

1 History and Overview of Neonatal Pain

2 Methods of Assessing Pain in the Newborn

Section II: Pharmacological Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

3 General Principles of Pain Management

4 Nonopioids

5 Opioids

6 Coanalgesics

Section III: Nonpharmacological Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

7 Nonpharmacological Methods

8 Developmental Considerations

Section IV: Integration of Treatment Methods

9 Multidisciplinary Approach

10 Role of Family in Neonatal Pain Management

Section V: Special Populations

11 Procedural Pain Management

12 The Premature Infant

13 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

14 End-of-Life Pain Management and Palliative Care

Appendix A Pain Scales

Appendix B Conversion Tables

Appendix C Drug Classifications