BACKGROUND: Management pain in hospitalized children is challenging for the health-care
professionals. Nurses have the most interactions with children who need to assess and manage for
their pain. Therefore, the aim was to describe nurses’ experiences from pain management among
hospitalized children from Iranian culture in this study.
METHODS: A phenomenological study was conducted in which 23 nurses working in an educational
hospital in Isfahan–Iran. The nurses participated in interviews based on a purposeful sampling method.
RESULTS: Participants’ experiences were categorized into three major themes and twelve subthemes
including the nurses’ ability of detection of the pain nature, reaction to pain management and belief
in pain relief.
CONCLUSIONS: The research showed that the nurses have valuable experiences in pain
management in their workplaces. Their descriptions were based on the use of three domains that
consist of knowledge, belief, and practice. Therefore, it is vital to focus on the subject of pain in
nursing curriculum and guidelines in hospitals. A more extensive research is needed to demonstrate
perceived barriers to pain management.


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