Date of Award
College of Nursing
This replication study was designed to compare emergency and medical/surgical registered nurses' actual and perceived knowledge of the pharmacological and nonpharmacological aspects of pain and its management. A modification of the original tool that consisted of a combination of multiple choice, short answer and open-ended questions was utilized. A convenience sample representing beginner and expert medical/surgical and emergency nurses was obtained.; No difference was found between specialty or experience and current pain knowledge. All participants functioned at a similar level. Participants were unable to describe basic terms related to current pain theory and therapy. The only significant difference identified between participants' pain knowledge was that emergency nurses displayed a better understanding of morphine. Participants identified a need for further knowledge of pain and felt it should be provided by the employer's inservice education department. This study supported the findings of the original investigation.
Oborski, Jo A., "A Comparison Study of Emergency and Medical/Surgical Registered Nurses' Understanding of Pain and Its Management" (1996). Masters Theses. 290.