The effect of educating nurses about pediatric pain management
Knoblauch, Suzan Cathleen
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The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the influence an inservice on pediatric pain management had upon registered nurses' and licensed practical nurses' administration of pharmacologic interventions used to alleviate pain in the pediatric client. Prior to the inservice, a chart audit of the pediatric patients was conducted using a convenience sample of all children who had undergone tonsillectomies during a two-week period of time in a hospital in central Illinois. Information regarding the children's age, gender, pain medication ordered, the pain medication received, and the total time of hospitalization was obtained. Using the same criteria, two weeks following the mandatory inservice for pediatric nurses, another chart audit collecting the same data was performed over a two-week period of time. Using analysis of variance, t value test, and Chi-square test, post-inservice data showed a lengthening in elapsed time before the first dose of analgesic was given to the post-tonsillectomy patient. A significant difference was noted with an increased length of time intervals between doses of analgesics given. The nurses' administration of analgesics did not increase after additional education on pediatric pain.