Nursing studies

Pain management: what nursing students need to know

How to carry out a structured pain assessment and know when pain is acute or persistent, what to do when pain is unrelieved, and understanding patient concerns
Nursing student stands at bedside assessing patient's pain using pain scale

How to carry out a structured pain assessment and know when pain is acute or persistent, what to do when pain is unrelieved, and understanding patient concerns

Pain management is a core part of nursing practice, but pain can be complex to treat, with many healthcare professionals finding it challenging.

‘People often expect a clear diagnosis and effective treatment, but these are rarely available,’ says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) .

Pain is common; the British Pain Society (BPS) says almost ten million people experience pain almost daily. The impact on the individual and their loved ones can be significant, with pain affecting mood, sleep, mobility,

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