ADN student here! I was curious to know how you as a nurse approach your patients pain management in the hospital. I have seen plenty of nurses disregard their patients pain despite their medication being past due. I even had a case where a patient of mine who was unable to speak due to a head injury was screaming out in pain, very obviously so especially since his vitals on the monitor became very consistent with a natural response to pain, and the nurse I was working under said "He will be fine, he doesn't need his medicine right now". Is this considered normal? I mean I personally believe pain management is very important and I've heard all kinds of excuses about addiction and feeding into false reports of pain for drugs but that goes against what I'm learning in school so I am curious. Do you treat your patients pain as a priority nursing problem?