Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The objective of this quality control initiative was to improve the comfort level of nurses caring for patient with chronic pain, as well as patient satisfaction with nursing pain interventions on an inpatient medical surgical unit with a high population of patients with chronic pain (as much as 30%). Nurses and patients were surveyed using a brief survey to determine the baseline comfort levels of comfort with chronic pain management. The results of the initial survey and current evidence for chronic pain management techniques were used to construct an inforgraphic for nurse education. The nurses were educated on evidence based interventions and provided with a handout with chronic pain management resources via frequent inservices during meetings and huddles. After education, nurses are surveyed again to determine effectiveness of education. As of this writing, final data is still being collected, however, an increase in nurse comfort with managing chronic pain by at least 10 percent, as well as an increase with patient satisfaction with nursing pain interventions. If this project is successful, it indicates the importance of providing additional education to nursing staff regarding chronic pain management. Furthermore, it outlines a method of improving patient satisfaction via nurse enhancement.

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