First Advisor

Finn, Chris


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


Oftentimes in nursing education, students are taught to assess pain by only one measure – usually a pain scale – which is not a comprehensive measurement. Purpose: The aim of this project was to determine if the use of an evidence-based, nurse-driven comprehensive outcomes management tool would improve student nurses’ ability to identify patient pain and subsequently improve their care planning. Methods: This project was a quasi-experimental pre-test-post-test design; the primary outcome measures for the project included the difference between the pre-test and the post-test to determine the immediate impact of the COMT-RN education.

Outcomes and Results: This study determined that a brief educational presentation about the use of Comprehensive Outcomes Management Technologies for Nurses (COMT-RN) increased nursing students’ perception of their ability to identify patient pain, as evidenced by improvement in scores between the pre-test and post-test, using a correlation test and a t-test.

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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