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Sarah Jane Racal


This article attempts to lay down current knowledge and approaches to psychological pain in the context of nursing. Nurses, being the frontliners in several healthcare settings, can have a major role in formulating future interventions and innovations to address psychological pain and mental health challenges, as a whole. In addition to quantifying psychological pain, this paper also aims to provide a picture of what psychological pain can look and feel like and how it impacts the individual’s overall health status and the healthcare system in general. A proposed model of nursing care that outlines direct, indirect and collaborative nursing approaches as well as a proposed assessment interview questions utilizing physiological pain assessment tools are presented in this article. To further understand pain, cases based on real-life situations are included.  Reasons why a bold focus is recommended and needed toward psychological pain is presented. Finally, challenges and future directions for nursing education, research, and practice are discussed.

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Racal, S. J. (2024). CREATING A VOICE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL PAIN IN THE HEALTHCARE SETTINGS: IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING . Interdisciplinary Research Review, 19(2). Retrieved from
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