Pain assessment: do you believe your pt when... - page 6
So I have a question: A patient of mine (who was a nurse) told me that if the patient is sleeping, then they are not in pain. Since I am a new nurse, I a little gun-shy with pain meds (I... Read More
Mar 28, '12 by turnforthenurse, BSNThere have been many times when a patient says their pain is a 10/10 and they are laughing/talking on the phone. In my mind, yes, I do judge, but I don't withhold their pain medication. Pain is whatever the patient says it is, and as long as their vital signs are okay and they're due, I'll medicate them.
Mar 28, '12 by *4!#6When I had my tonsilectomy (at 19 y.o.), I had to wake up in the night to take my pain medication. If I didn't, I would wake up in excrutiating pain in the morning. I think this is another consideration, maybe the patient isn't in pain during sleep, but if enough time lapses between doses, they may soon be in a LOT of pain.