Pediatric nurses' knowledge and attitudes survey regarding pain

Pediatr Nurs. 2000 Nov-Dec;26(6):610-4.


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine pediatric nurses' current attitudes and knowledge regarding pain.

Method: The Pediatric Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Pain Survey was completed by a convenience sample of 274 nurses at a large children's medical center.

Results: Sixty-six percent of the questions were answered correctly. Nurses with their master's degree scored significantly higher (75%). Hematology/oncology nurses (76%), nurses from the intensive care unit (71%), and emergency room nurses (70%) scored significantly higher than nurses from other patient care units.

Conclusions: Pain management knowledge deficiencies were identified, including assessment; pharmacologic management with opioids, nonopioids, and adjuvant medications; risks of addiction; risks of respiratory depression; nonpharmacologic pain interventions; and the treatment of procedural pain, surgical pain, and cancer pain.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analgesics / administration & dosage
  • Analgesics / adverse effects
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Clinicians
  • Pain / drug therapy
  • Pain / nursing*
  • Pain Measurement / drug effects
  • Pain Measurement / nursing*
  • Specialties, Nursing


  • Analgesics