Expert Pain Management Here in Nevada

8/29/2018

Most days, Steve Marquardt works as a certified registered nurse anesthetist, providing anesthesia and interventional pain procedures to patients at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Since 2017, Marquardt has added educator to his resume. Each spring, he travels to Tampa, Florida to offer his talents as faculty for the University of South Florida advanced pain management fellowship course.

Marquardt himself is a graduate of this simulation-based course, one of only two in the country. After graduating from the inaugural class in 2016, he was asked to become part of university staff as an adjunct faculty member. Now, Marquardt provides hands-on instruction to fellows as they perform interventional pain procedures on simulators and human cadavers during the 3-day simulation culmination of the year-long course at Centers for Advanced Medical Learning center.

“I felt honored that I was asked to become a faculty member,” said Marquardt. “I wanted to help the program grow and knew it would motivate me to stay current and educated in pain management. Therefore, it was an easy decision to agree to take the position.”

During the simulation course, fellows receive hands-on training in performing various injections to treat chronic pain, particularly back and neck pain. Marquardt evaluates the fellows’ injection techniques they will use in the treatment of pain. His position also entails occasional conference calls to collaborate with other faculty members to guide the content and course structure.

The fellowship course is attended by CRNAs like Marquardt, who want to receive advanced training in pain management. In addition to chronic pain injections, fellows learn strategies for managing acute and surgical pain. These include various nerve blocks and opioid-sparing, enhanced recovery options. The course also prepares fellows to take the non-surgical pain management (NSPM) examination.

According to the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, The NSPM subspecialty certification is a voluntary program for nurse anesthetists who have demonstrated distinctive knowledge and a specific skill set in the subspecialty practice of NSPM.

“Pain management is important to me because I am from a rural area,” said Marquardt. “In areas like Nevada, you could have trouble accessing pain management services with long waits and multiple long-distance trips. So I believe I am providing a needed and convenient service to Nevada area residents.”

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center

Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

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