Date of Award

1-7-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

King’s conceptual framework was used to examine the relationship between nurses’ stated beliefs of goals of pain management, their personal experience of pain, and their educational levels when choosing to intervene in the management of pain for pediatric patients. A descriptive correlational design was used with a convenience sample of 51 registered nurses in a West Michigan children’s hospital.

No significance was found between the goal of pain management and the level of stated intentions to intervene, the education level of the nurse and stated intentions to intervene, and nurses who have had a personal pain experience and their stated levels of intentions to intervene. The study was limited by a small sample size, environmental circumstances at the time of data collection, and the similarity of responses to require a redistribution of the respondents into three redefined categories. Other findings that were significant were the perceptions of usefulness of pain scales.

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