The lived experience of chronic pain in nurse educators

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Pain is associated with a wide range of disease and injury, and is sometimes the disease itself. Millions suffer from chronic pain every year and the effects of pain lead to tremendous costs for healthcare, rehabilitation, and lost worker productivity, as well as the emotional, psychological, and financial burden it places on patients and their families. The nurse has a key role in effective pain management with the need for accurate assessment, prompt intervention, and evaluation of pain relief measures for positive patient outcomes. The purpose of the study was to explore the lived experience of chronic pain in nurse educators in order to determine a better understanding for discovery in nursing curriculum. An interpretive phenomenological approach was used to frame this research study. The study employed a purposive sample of two Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) educators and one Baccalaureate (BSN) educator having personally experienced chronic pain. Semi-structured three-part interviews were conducted using an interview guide. The participants of the study offered a depiction of the lived experience and the researcher sought commonalities in meanings, situations, practices, and bodily experiences. Themes emerged, which aligned with and assisted in answering the research questions. Five essential themes from the study emerged: vulnerability, physician/provider trust, fear of disability, coping, and need for pedagogical discourse. Two sub-themes: stoic and alien also emerged. Understanding the lived experience of nurse educators with chronic pain is important and valuable to healthcare. Nurse educators are responsible and challenged in their daily work with the need to teach about chronic pain in the best way possible assuring the best care possible. Implications for nursing curriculum and practice relate to preparing nurse educators and students, addressing psychosocial issues, and incorporating how to do better chronic pain assessments and better manage chronic pain.

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Nursing, Educational leadership, Curriculum development