Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Managing Patients with Pain
Nellie S. Droes
explored Nurse Practitioners' (NP) roles in managing patient with pain in
primary care settings. Data were collected through interviews with 23 NPs who practiced
in two different state jurisdictions. Data analysis was accomplished through
the constant comparative methodology and dimension analysis of grounded theory.
Analysis revealed two facets that influenced the role of the NPs in managing
patients with pain, pain consciousness and practice climate. Pain consciousness
was the NP's awareness of and sensitivity to pain as a problem patients brought
to the clinical setting. Practice climate was the regulatory atmosphere or
environmental tone in which the NP functioned. NPs used strategies to manage
patients with pain that differed according to both the regulatory environment
and the NPs awareness and sensitivity to pain.