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Nursing Issues SIG

Rationale & Purpose

For several years, CPS conference attendees and various other groups from around the country have been meeting informally to discuss interests in pain management with regard to nursing issues. The challenges in pain management are interprofessional and not solely the responsibility of nurses. However, nurses often take the leadership in making changes and the NI SIG will provide a channel for consolidating our efforts within the multiprofessional context of the Canadian Pain Society. We aim to make a difference in Canadian pain management practices.

The inaugural meeting for the Canadian Pain Society Special Interest Group-Nursing Issues (CPS NI SIG) was held in Halifax at the 2005 annual conference. Attendees at this meeting heard the inspiring history of nurses within the CPS and from across the country who have made a national and international impact on improving pain management practices. As well, current nursing initiatives from around the country were shared. These presentations sparked great discussion and enthusiasm for making change.  Although formalization of this SIG was in May 2005, we had previously met informally for networking at yearly meetings. As well, many of us across the country have been sharing our expertise and enquiries in pain management -nursing issues through an on-line list-serve since 1999. You can participate in this internet-based communication system by connecting here.

  • To develop inter-professional partnerships across health sectors dedicated to the advancement of research, practice and education in pain assessment and management
  • To build upon the uniqueness and strengths of nursing in the management of pain in collaboration with patients/families and other health professionals
  • To identify how nursing can best impact the quality of pain management across all contexts of care (e.g. community, rural, tertiary, long-term, primary)


  • Foster and encourage interprofessional research on all aspects of pain, including assessment, measurement, and management
  • Develop, promote, and evaluate initiatives toward evidence-based practice guidelines for the enhancement of patient, unit, and organizational pain management outcomes.
  • Work with others to promote the integration of pain education in all health care professional curricula, both undergraduate and graduate
  • Work with others to influence regulatory and legislative bodies to include pain in national examinations.
  • Encourage CPS nursing recruitment and increase nursing involvement in CPS activities.
  • Work with other members of the Canadian Pain Society to influence pain-related policies at government, professional, and academic institutional levels.
  • Expand the current mailing list serve related to pain nursing issues across Canada.

Past Chairs

Kathy Reid (2009-2011)
Lori Palozzi (2007-2009)Shirley Musclow (2005-2007)