Nurses’ Experiences of Providing Pain Management to Pediatric Patients in Indonesia

Herry Susanto(1), Lee Tzu-Ying(2*), Nunik Nurhayanti(3)


(1) National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences
(2) National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences
(3) Sultan Agung Islamic Hospital, Semarang
(*) Corresponding Author

Abstract


Inadequate pain management has been a worldwide concern for hospitalized children. Little is known about pain management for pediatric patients in Indonesia. This study explored nurses' experiences providing pain management in the pediatric unit.  A qualitative descriptive approach was used. Fifteen nurses who worked in the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric, maternal-child, and general wards of the Islamic Teaching Hospital in Indonesia were interviewed by telephone due to the COVID-19 pandemic period. Based on content analysis, five themes were extracted from the data: ways to assess pain vary, working with colleagues, attitudes toward pain-relief strategies, enhancing parental understanding and involvement, and desire to have age-specific pain management training for pediatric patients. The results revealed issues nurses face in real contexts. Pediatric nurses need pain management training to improve their knowledge and skills.

Keywords


pain management; nurses; pediatric patient

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