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Pain Management Nursing

Learn How to Become a Pain Management Nurse

Pain management nurses provide care to individuals with varying levels of pain but primarily to patients experiencing acute or chronic pain. After pain management nurses assess the source of pain, they work with other nurses and doctors to coordinate treatment and care. Pain management nurses also teach patients how to help manage their own pain, their medications, and alternative ways to relieve their pain.

Preparation Path

Earn your BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Practice in a pain management nursing role for at least 2,000 hours for three years (prior to taking your certification exam)

Pass your pain management certification exam and become a PMN

Typical Tasks

  • Assessing pain levels
  • Administering medication or alternative pain treatments
  • Taking vital signs
  • Monitoring reactions to medication

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes

Annual Salary Range

$69,500 – $120,500


RN, Pain Management Nurse (PMN)

Education Requirements


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Interested in taking the next step toward becoming a pain management nurse?