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Summer 8-2-2022


Certified nursing assistants employed in long-term care agencies may have little education on the assessment of pain experienced by residents with dementia. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Project was to develop an evidenced-based teaching plan for certified nursing assistants caring for residents with dementia in long-term care settings. The plan includes content on dementia, dementia symptoms, pain indicators, and pain assessment in residents with dementia, non-medicinal management strategies, and communication strategies for referring assessment findings to licensed practical and registered nurses. Supplemental PowerPoint™ slides were developed that match the teaching plan. The draft teaching plan was judged by health care professionals, expert in the care of residents in long-term care settings. The revised teaching plan and corresponding PowerPoint™ slides will be shared with long-term care settings.