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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to examine nurse's beliefs and perceptions of children in pain amongst nursing personnel employed in Northwestern Michigan, and to determine if a relationship existed between nursing education, age and years experience in nursing, and the scores on the Beliefs and Perceptions Scale. The sample consisted of 74 registered and licensed practical nurses in the area working in acute and ambulatory settings. Data collected was analyzed using Pearson's Correlational Coefficient. The Roy Adaptation Model served as a framework for the study.

No significant correlation was found to exist between the participant's age, years of nursing experience, and education and scores on the Beliefs and Perceptions Scale. However, all nurses scored relatively high, suggesting a knowledge of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines for Pediatric Pain Management.


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