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Title: Nursing student’s Knowledge and application of pain assessment at King Saud University
Authors: Al-Motairy, Modi Owied
ElMorsy, Nagat
Keywords: Medical Surgical Adult
pain assesment
Issue Date: 12-Jun-2010
Abstract: Background and aim: Pain has been defined as the fifth vital sign due to its importance in nursing practice. Knowledge deficit and untoward attitude are major contributing factors in the under assessment of pain. The aim of this study was to examine the level of theoretical and applied knowledge as well as the attitude regarding pain assessment among nursing students. Subjects and methods: The study was carried out in Nursing College King Saud University, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the beginning of the first semester 1430/1431H (2009/2010), using an exploratory descriptive design. The study sample included 119 nursing students in the baccalaureate nursing program at the 5th to the 8th levels. Data were collected through a self-administered questionnaire assessing theoretical and applied knowledge and attitude towards pain assessment. Results: The response rate was 91.6%. Students were all females with age ranging between 19 and 27 years. Major deficiencies were found in students' theoretical and applied knowledge, with only 7.3% of them having total satisfactory knowledge, and 19.3% having positive attitude. Additional educational activities dealing with pain have negative effects on students' knowledge. Theoretical knowledge decreased with increasing educational levels, while attitude increased. GPA had a negative effect on applied knowledge, but a positive effect on attitude. Conclusion: It is concluded that nursing students in the Faculty of nursing at KSU have a major deficiency in their knowledge regarding assessment of pain. The deficiency is more marked in applied knowledge. Additionally, the majority of the students have negative attitudes towards pain assessment. The results consistent with other published research, and raise implications for nursing education, at the undergraduate level within nursing practice, and highlight areas for further research. Recommendations: Construct and implement several strategies to enhance student understanding and application of relevant knowledge and practice by: a. Considering that pain is a serious problem; b. Pressing information about pain throughout curriculum; c. Developing an integrated approach to teach students about the experiences of pain; d. Providing students with the opportunity to appreciate the perspectives of patients; e. Taking successive pain courses and implement reflective learning intervention.
Description: Masters
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/19375
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