2014, Cilt 1, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 032-041
Clinical Pain Management of Nursing Students
Fatma YILMAZ, Selma ATAY
Çanakkale On Sekiz Mart Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik, Çanakkale, Türkiye
Keywords: Pain management, student, nurse

Objective: This research was carried out to determine how nursing students determine pain diagnosis and identify nursing interventions they carry out concerning the pain.

Methods: The universe of this descriptive research was formed by third and fourth-year students of nursing department of a school of health of a university. By not referring to a sampling method, the research was completed with 76 third and forth-year students that were able to be reached and agreed to participate in the study. For data collection, a student identification form and a sample case with acute pain was included. In the sample case, the students were asked to determine nursing diagnoses regarding pain and make a nursing intervention. In data assessment, percentile was used.

Results: %56.8 of the students are fourth-year students and %95.9 of them stated that they experienced pain individually. %55.4 of them mentioned that they observed pain of their first level relatives. %86.5 of them stated that the patients they cared for had pain complaint,%51.6 of these students mentioned that they observed pain in the patients who are in the postop period. %48 of the students defined pain as a discomforting condition. In the sample case given, %63.5 of the students stated that the nursing interventions they will carry out respectively were; assessing the pain according to the scale, using non-pharmacological methods, and giving analgesic drugs, while %36.5 of the students stated assessing the pain and giving analgesic drugs as nursing interventions.

Conclusion: According to the study results, it was determined that the students consider their patients' pain complaints, respectively they carry out pain assessment, non-pharmacological methods and pharmacological methods as nursing interventions. However, the rate of the students who prefer using pharmacological methods by not using non-pharmacological methods is not low. Considering these results, it can be recommended to raise students' awareness about the significance of non-pharmacological methods in pain management.