Individual determinants shaping nurses’ use of distraction techniques in managing children’s acute procedural pain

  • Author / Creator
    Olmstead, Deborah L.
  • In order to eliminate the unnecessary suffering of children requiring painful procedures to diagnose and treat their illness, management of this pain must be a priority for nurses. The role nurses assume in the current undermanagement of children's pain requires further examination. In the first paper, a comprehensive review of the available literature on pediatric pain management was conducted in order to provide the context in which this issue is situated. The second paper is a qualitative inquiry seeking nurses' accounts of the individual level factors they identify that influence their choices for distraction to manage children's procedural pain. Nurses described the three key determinants of nursing knowledge, experience and relational capacity as influencing their practice. These descriptions provided an extended understanding on nurses' choices for using distraction to manage children's procedure-related pain. Nurses disclosed using distraction for themselves, as well as for the child experiencing a painful procedure.

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    Master of Nursing
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    University of Alberta
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    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Scott, Shannon D. (Faculty of Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Reid, Kathy (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Mayan, Maria (Faculty of Extension)
    • Spiers, Jude (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Koop, Priscilla (Faculty of Nursing)