The nursing staff in the face of pain among preterm newborns

Jesislei Bonolo do Amaral Taciana Alves Resende Divanice Contim Elizabeth Barichello About the authors

Objective:

To characterize the nursing staff and identify how it assesses and manages pain for preterm newborns (PNB).

Methods:

Descriptive exploratory study conducted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Intermediate Care Unit of a university hospital in Uberaba, MG, Brazil. The study included 42 nursing professionals.

Results:

A total of 33 (78.6%) nursing technicians and nine (21.4%) nurses participated in the study. Thirteen (31%) were aged from 26 to 30 years old and were female. The participants were unanimous in regard to the ability of infants to feel pain. Crying (42/100%), facial expressions (40/95.2%), and heart rate (39/92.8%) were the parameters most frequently mentioned. Non-pharmacological measures were the most frequently used to relieve pain.

Conclusion:

The team believes in the ability of infants to feel pain and links physiological indicators to behavioral ones, but there is a need to provide training on the topic.

Pediatric nursing; Pain; Infant, Newborn


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