An Assessment of Registered Nurses' Attitudes and Knowledge of Pain Management

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150035
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Presentation
Title:
An Assessment of Registered Nurses' Attitudes and Knowledge of Pain Management
Abstract:
An Assessment of Registered Nurses' Attitudes and Knowledge of Pain Management
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Humphrey, James P., RN, MSN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Valdosta State University
Title:Associate Professor of Nursing/Coordinator of Nursing Research
Co-Authors:Michelle Gilbert, RN, BSN, MSN
Pain management is a major aspect of nursing practice today; however, many patients continue to experience pain needlessly. Prior research has suggested that one reason for inadequate assessment and treatment of pain involves deficits in clinicians' knowledge and inappropriateness of attitudes regarding pain management. It has also been speculated that the educational level of registered nurses is related to their knowledge regarding pain assessment and management. A purposive sample of 186 registered nurses, employed in a moderately sized hospital in southern Georgia, was given the Nurses Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (NKAS) by McCaffery and Ferrell (1992) along with a demographic sheet to determine their knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management. The mean score on the NKAS for the sample was 70.65, with a possible range of 0-100. A tally taken of questions missed on the NKAS showed that RNs' lack of knowledge regarding pain management in the hospital studied was mainly centered on knowledge of analgesics and dosing schedules. Analysis of variance did not show significant differences in scores among the educational groups as a whole (p = 0.124). An independent samples t-test indicated a significant difference in levels of knowledge regarding pain between the associate degree group and the baccalaureate group (p = 0.025). The difference between the associate degree group and the master's group did not show statistical significance but did show a trend toward difference (p = 0.082). Despite limitations, this study reinforces the idea that nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward pain management are lacking, and it is time to better educate nurses about pain assessment and treatment in both nursing educational programs and practice settings. Additional studies are needed to fully determine the level of knowledge regarding pain of all registered nurses in various practice settings.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Assessment of Registered Nurses' Attitudes and Knowledge of Pain Managementen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150035-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An Assessment of Registered Nurses' Attitudes and Knowledge of Pain Management</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Humphrey, James P., RN, MSN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Valdosta State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor of Nursing/Coordinator of Nursing Research</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">phumphre@caironet.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Michelle Gilbert, RN, BSN, MSN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Pain management is a major aspect of nursing practice today; however, many patients continue to experience pain needlessly. Prior research has suggested that one reason for inadequate assessment and treatment of pain involves deficits in clinicians' knowledge and inappropriateness of attitudes regarding pain management. It has also been speculated that the educational level of registered nurses is related to their knowledge regarding pain assessment and management. A purposive sample of 186 registered nurses, employed in a moderately sized hospital in southern Georgia, was given the Nurses Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (NKAS) by McCaffery and Ferrell (1992) along with a demographic sheet to determine their knowledge and attitudes regarding pain management. The mean score on the NKAS for the sample was 70.65, with a possible range of 0-100. A tally taken of questions missed on the NKAS showed that RNs' lack of knowledge regarding pain management in the hospital studied was mainly centered on knowledge of analgesics and dosing schedules. Analysis of variance did not show significant differences in scores among the educational groups as a whole (p = 0.124). An independent samples t-test indicated a significant difference in levels of knowledge regarding pain between the associate degree group and the baccalaureate group (p = 0.025). The difference between the associate degree group and the master's group did not show statistical significance but did show a trend toward difference (p = 0.082). Despite limitations, this study reinforces the idea that nurses' knowledge and attitudes toward pain management are lacking, and it is time to better educate nurses about pain assessment and treatment in both nursing educational programs and practice settings. Additional studies are needed to fully determine the level of knowledge regarding pain of all registered nurses in various practice settings.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:15:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:15:01Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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