Pediatric nursing is deeply rooted in tradition and ritual. Although many practices remain relevant, others do not stand up to the challenge of an evidence-based nursing practice. Though intuition and tradition are important aspects of professional nursing practice, their incorporation into clinical practice can vary among practitioners. Although ample evidence to guide the practice of pain assessment and pain management in children exists, children remain undermedicated when compared to adults. This article explores the influence of practice traditions, personal bias, and the persistence of myths regarding pain in children on the practice of pain relief.
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Evidence-based Practice| November 01 2001
Evidence-based Pediatric Nursing: Does It Have to Hurt?
Steven L. Rush, RN, MS, PNP, CNS;
Judith Harr, RN, EdD
From School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (Mr Rush) and School of Nursing, University of San Francisco (Dr Harr), San Francisco, California.
Reprint requests to Judith Harr, RN, EdD, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2001) 12 (4): 597–605.
Steven L. Rush, Judith Harr; Evidence-based Pediatric Nursing: Does It Have to Hurt?. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 November 2001; 12 (4): 597–605. doi:
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