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KNOWLEDGE OF NURSES ON CONCEPTS OF, AND ASSESSMENT OF ADULT POST OPERATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT IN SELECTED TEACHING HOSPITALS
Date Posted: 09/Apr/2014
AUTHORS: 
Okunlade, James Olayisdade
Lecturer 11, Department of Nursing, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria
Email: Princelayi2000@yahoo.com
 
Oyadiran, Gifty Gboyesola
Lecturer 11, Department of Nursing, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria
Email: gboyesola01@yahoo.com
 
Olagunju, Rosemary O.
Principal Clinical Instructor, 
Department of Nursing, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria
Email: rosemary.olagunju@yahoo.com
 
International Professional Nursing Journal
January 2014
Volume 12 Number 1
Pages 74 - 80
KEYWORDS: Knowledge of nurses, Concept of Assessment, Post operative, pain, Management

ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the knowledge of nurses on concepts of and assessment of post operative pain in two teaching hospitals with a view to determining its contributions in the post operative management of pain in adults.

A descriptive design was used. The university college Hospital and Obafemi Awolowo university teaching hospital ile ife were purposively selected for the study. A self developed questionnaire was administered on 71 randomly selected nurses working in th general surgical units from UCH and 46 nurses working at the surgical unit of OAUTHC, ile ife. In addition, the researcher collected qualitative data with the use of checklist through participant observation. Data were analyzed with both descriptive and inferential statistics.
 
The result showed that there was a significant difference in the area of knowledge on concept of post-operative pain management in adults between the two hospitals. Those nurses working at UCH demonstrated adequate knowledge while those at OAUTHC had average knowledge (t=11.928; p<0.05).
 
Furthermore, it was also revealed that there was a significant difference in skill performance and the educational preparation. Those with higher level of educational preparation demonstrated good skill than those with a lower educational level (t= 18.234; P<0.05).
 
The study concluded that improved education had positive impacts on nurses knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of post operative pain in adults.

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