Nurses’ aims when managing paediatric post-operative pain: is what they say the same as what they do?

Twycross, Alison and Finley, G. Allen (2014) Nurses’ aims when managing paediatric post-operative pain: is what they say the same as what they do? Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 19(1), pp. 17-27. ISSN (print) 1539-0136

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore nurses' aims when managing postoperative pain and whether reported aims reflect actual practices. DESIGN AND METHODS: Participant observation was used to collect data regarding nurses' (n = 17) pain management practices. Nurses (n = 19) were asked: When managing postoperative pain, what is your overall aim? RESULTS: Around half the participants (n = 10) aimed for patients to be comfortable while others aimed for a pain score of 2-3 (n = 7), or below 5 (n = 2). Observed practices matched aims for just more than half the participants (n = 9). PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: There is evidence of individual variation in practices. This may impact on the care provided.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (until 2017)
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Depositing User: Alison Twycross
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 10:06
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 13:07
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jspn.12029
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/25737

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