Concept Analysis : Pain Management

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Running head: CONCEPT ANALYSIS Concept Analysis: Pain Management Rebecca Kerby, RN-BSN NURS5000 Theoretical Foundation Regents Online Degree Program Tennessee State University 10/17/2014 Abstract The concept selected is pain management. The reason this topic was selected, is many nurses in the critical care setting are unable to recognize the non-verbal signs and symptoms of pain in a sedated patient. It is often forgotten that sedation does not equal pain management. Pain is subjective. Its existence relies on the ability of the patient to report to the nurse. Ventilated and sedated patients are unable to report pain verbally. This causes patients to unnecessarily feel pain. This paper will examine the concept of pain…show more content…
Ventilated and sedated patients are unable to report pain verbally. This causes patients to unnecessarily feel pain. If the nurse was able to quantify non-verbal cues of pain, the assessment and management of pain would be more effective. The purpose of this concept analysis is to quantify pain identification in the sedated patient by critical care nurses. Failure to appropriately treat pain will increase dissatisfaction among patients and their families. The concept analysis will focus on the “three defining attributes of pain management: pain relief, pain modulation, and self-efficacy.” (Davis, 1992). The NANDA (North American Nurses Diagnosis) definition of pain is “The state in which an individual experiences and reports the presence of severe discomfort or an uncomfortable sensation. A highly subjective state in which a variety of unpleasant sensations and a wide range of distressing factors may be experienced by the sufferer.” (Gradishar, Muzio, Filipski, & Klopp, 2012).According to the Merriam-Webster collegiate Dictionary (2014), the word pain has three definitions. The first is the “physical feeling caused by disease, injury, or something that hurts the body. The mental or emotional suffering/ as well as someone or something that causes trouble or makes you feel angry.” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Within the nursing/healthcare setting, pain is attributed to that first definition of Webster. It focuses on the physical feeling from disease or
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