FNP Arlyn Mason stops by today to explain how she navigates inheriting patients suffering from acute or chronic pain and what her strategy becomes if they are also managing an opioid use disorder. Keys to her success include clear communication, setting patient expectations, and various pharmacological and non-pharmacological options.
Arlyn Mason is a Family Nurse Practitioner at CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness. With 28 years of experience, she started her career as a nurse, earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees in the Philippines followed by working in a variety of units and settings.
She became a Nurse Practitioner in 1998 through the University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing Post-Master Nurse Practitioner Program.
Since then, her experience has spanned outpatient and specialty clinics, urgent care centers, hospital settings, and even a detention center where she has no doubt worked with a wide variety of patients with a broad array of medical concerns.
While she is not a pain specialist, she certainly works with a number of people with chronic and acute pain as a Primary Care Provider at CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness. But, at a program intended to help people stop using opioids – such as prescription pain meds – treating pain needs to be done very thoughtfully.