Vol - 25, Issue - 1
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-19-01-2020-156
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Abstract : Under-treatment of pain in children is still a problematic area for hospitalized children in Indonesia. In-effective pain management in children may give negative impacts on the children and contributes to a reduction in the quality of life of children. Managing children’s pain requires nurses to be prepared with adequate knowledge and proper attitudes. Nursing students are the face of future nursing and must be highly knowledgeable about pain and its management. This research aim was to examine the knowledge and attitudes regarding pediatric pain management among undergraduate nursing students. Descriptive cross-sectional research design was employed. Total sampling was used which provided 98 students from the population of students in the nursing profession program. Data was collected using the Pediatric Nurses Knowledge and Attitude Survey (PNKAS). Results of the study showed that 86 respondents (87.8%) had poor knowledge. The students of the nursing profession program were weak in their knowledge of pain assessment and pharmacology treatment. Whereas in terms of the attitude of pain management, 52 % of the students displayed inappropriate attitude. The study concluded that nursing students in Indonesia had more insufficient knowledge and an unsupportive attitude regarding pain management compared with other nursing students around the world. Considering the important role of nurses in managing children’s pain, there is a need of close clinical supervision, additional training for clinical nursing educator and the curriculum of bachelor nursing program in Indonesia should be evaluated to enrich more about pain assessment and its management

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