PATIENT Dilemma: Pain Control or Drug Seeking Behavior

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Overview of Dilemma 

Is pain always what the patient says it is? Though the patient’s rating of pain is always relevant, the nurse must collect and cluster additional clinical data to make correct clinical judgments regarding pain control. In this dilemma, a post-operative patient with a history of narcotic tolerance and chemical dependency continues to require increasing amounts of narcotics for pain control. How to guide clinical decision making without being judgmental is the essence of this patient dilemma.


Clinical Dilemmas are a new series of clinical reasoning case studies that emphasize the “art” of nursing. Each study has an emphasis that integrates aspects of caring, spiritual care, nurse engagement/presence, and ethical decision making and its relevance to nursing practice.

These case studies can be used in the classroom as an active learning tool to develop the ethical comportment of nurses as well as in post-conference in the clinical setting. Students will also develop clinical reasoning as they identify relevant clinical data, determine the nursing priority and resultant nursing interventions.

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