ANA Position Statement

The Ethical Responsibility to Manage Pain and the Suffering it Causes

Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN


Online J Issues Nurs. 2019;24(1) 

In This Article

Statement of ANA Position

American Nurses Association (ANA) believes:

  • Nurses have an ethical responsibility to relieve pain and the suffering it causes

  • Nurses should provide individualized nursing interventions

  • The nursing process should guide the nurse's actions to improve pain management

  • Multimodal and interprofessional approaches are necessary to achieve pain relief

  • Pain management modalities should be informed by evidence

  • Nurses must advocate for policies to assure access to all effective modalities

  • Nurse leadership is necessary for society to appropriately address the opioid epidemic