JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND ANALYTICAL MEDICINE, vol.8, no.4, pp.327-331, 2017 (ESCI)
Aim: The study was undertaken to determine the expectations that patients staying in surgery clinics have of nurses regarding pain management and interventions of nurses for patients in pain. Material and Method: The study was descriptively carried out. The study sample was composed of 63 nurses and 315 patients who were operated on and stayed at the surgery clinics of a university hospital. The data were gathered through a face-to-face interview technique using a questionnaire designed and based on the literature. For the examination of the data, numbers, percentages, and means and standard deviations were used. Results: According to the study findings, the main expectation of all of the patients of the nurses regarding pain management was that nurses should care about and pay attention to pain and monitor whether or not the pain decreased (100%). The main interventions by nurses for pain management were pharmacological interventions requested by doctors (96.8%) and positioning the patients correctly (96.8%). Other frequently used interventions were hot/cold compresses (74.6%), active-passive exercises (71.4%), relaxation exercises (60.3%), and massages (22.2%). The reasons non-pharmacological methods were used less frequently by the nurses included insufficient number of nurses, patients' reluctance to participate in pain relief techniques, lack of time, and lack of information about pain control. Discussion: Based on these results, the following are recommended: considering the expectations of patients who undergo surgery, establishing proper nursing approaches for post-operative pain control, training clinic nurses in pain management, and detecting and correcting poor nursing care practices.