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Welcome to the online course entitled: Complementary Therapies for Pain Management. This course was made possible by the efforts of the primary author, Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Wyatt is a tenured professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University College of Nursing. She is certified in advance care planning, end of life nursing education, and therapeutic touch practitioner. Dr Wyatt’s program of funded research focuses on pain and symptom management using complementary therapies, most notably with breast, lung, and prostate cancer patients. Her work on these topics has spanned decades, positively impacting hundreds of patients and educating nursing students in all programs of study during this time.

This program complies with the requirement for continuing nursing education and specifically satisfies the requirement for one (1.0) contact hour of pain and pain symptom management for relicensure in the state of Michigan. This independent study activity will be available to learners for 3 years, until 2018. No conflict of interest is disclosed by either the presenter or planner of this activity. No financial support from a commercial entity was present. Successful completion criteria for CNE includes an engagement with the required content, 80% or better pass rate on the course quiz, and a completed evaluation.

I sincerely hope this content is useful in the care of patients and the management of pain in your practice. I look forward to the feedback you provide about this program so it can be used to enhance your learning.


Kathy Forrest, MSN, MA, RN

Instructor and Coordinator of Professional Programs

Michigan State University College of Nursing

Michigan State University College of Nursing is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education; by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH294, 08/01/2021)