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Embargo Period

5-6-2014

Degree Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Track

Family Nurse Practioner

Year Degree Awarded

2014

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

pain management, nurses, post anesthesia care unit

Advisor Name

Genevieve

Advisor Middle Initial

E

Advisor Last Name

Chandler

Capstone Chair First Name

Genevieve

Capstone Chair Middle Initial

E

Capstone Chair Last Name

Chandler

Capstone Member Name

Edith

Dundon

Capstone Outside Member Name

Cidalia

Vital

Abstract

Pain after surgery is distressing to patients and is a significant problem in post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Ineffective pain management in the immediate postoperative period can prolong the patient’s length of stay in the PACU which may lead to increased cost of care. The nurses’ lack of knowledge regarding pain management and ineffective team communication are barriers to effective pain management. An educational intervention based on the Knowledge- to-Action Model was implemented to 22 nurses in the recovery room at an urban hospital. A one group pre-test and post-test measure design was used to evaluate educational program. The data was examined in each participant using a paired sample t-test. Educational interventions that target nurses’ knowledge on pain and standardized communication techniques had proven to be effective as management in the PACU (as evidenced by post-test score improvement).

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