Honestly, my pain is a lot worse today, but I was hesitant to ask for any pain medication. I don't want anyone to think that I'm faking it or that I'm a drug seeker.
Hi Mrs. Smith, my name is Lauren and I am going to be your nurse today. Has your pain improved at all since your surgery yesterday?
Thank you so much. I am ready to feel better.
You should never feel embarrassed to speak up when you're experiencing pain. This is a safe, nonjudgemental space. We are here to help you! I will speak to the doctor about getting you some medication to help with the pain.
Hi Dr. Jones. Mrs. Smith is experiencing increased pain since her surgery yesterday. Could you put in an order for some pain meds?
Thank you for letting me now. I will order some meds ASAP.
Nurse advocacy for patients experiencing pain
As advocates, we should empower our patients to feel safe enough to speak for themselves, including when asking for pain medication. Our patients should feel like they are receiving the best quality of care in a safe and nonjudgemental environment.
Advocating for patients also requires establishing positive, collaborative relationships with other members of the patient's healthcare team. When a patient is experiencing new onset or worsening pain, pertinent team members should be made aware of the change in the patient's status.