Perspect Nurs Sci.  2015 Oct;12(2):71-81. 10.16952/pns.2015.12.2.71.

Pediatric Nurses' Knowledge and Attitude towards Management of Children's Postoperative Pain

Affiliations
  • 1Asan Medical Center Children's Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea. reniechoi@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study aimed to describe pediatric nurses' knowledge and attitude towards management of children's postoperative pain.
METHODS
In this cross-sectional descriptive study, the participants were 220 pediatric nurses who worked at a general hospital in Seoul. The survey questionnaires used to assess the nurses' knowledge and attitude regarding children's postoperative pain were developed for this study.
RESULTS
The average score for knowledge was 67.7 out of 100. The mean score for attitude was 72.5 out of 100. The factor related to the knowledge level was education for pain management. Moreover, age, working department, position, working experience, education level, and number of children were associated with the attitude.
CONCLUSION
The findings of this study suggested the need for a systematic education program for pain management of children in the postoperative condition.

Keyword

Children; Postoperative pain; Knowledge; Attitude; Pediatric nurses

MeSH Terms

Child
Education
Hospitals, General
Humans
Pain Management
Pain, Postoperative*
Seoul

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