Feature ArticlesNurses' Perceptions of the Management of Acute Pain in Emergency Departments Cross-sectional StudyHämäläinen, Jenni MScN, RN; Kvist, Tarja PhD, RN; Koota, Elina PhD, RN; Kankkunen, Päivi PhD, RN Author Information Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Kvist) and University Lecturer/Docent (Dr Kankkunen), Department of Nursing Science (Hämäläinen), University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio; and HUS Joint Resources, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki (Dr Koota), Finland. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Jenni Hämäläinen, MScN, RN, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland ([email protected]). Authors' ORCID IDs: Jenni Hämäläinen: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0821-9915; Tarja Kvist: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5974-8732; Elina Koota: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8580-1285; Päivi Kankkunen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2732-9979. J.H., T.K., E.K., and P.K. were responsible for the conception and design of the study; J.H. carried out the data collection; J.H., T.K., E.K., and P.K. performed the data analysis; and J.H., T.K., E.K., and P.K. were responsible for drafting the manuscript. Clinical Nurse Specialist 36(5):p 254-263, 9/10 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000694 Buy Metrics Abstract Aim This study aimed to describe registered nurses' perceptions of acute pain management in emergency departments. Design The study design was a cross-sectional survey carried out in accordance with Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology guidelines. One hundred one nurses from 5 different emergency departments participated in the survey. Methods Data were analyzed using descriptive methods, nonparametric tests, and principal component analysis. Results Continuing education was significantly related to pain management. Nurses who had received continuing pain management education thought more often that challenges in pain management impact patients' acute pain management than those who had not received education. Nurses reported that patients received inadequate pain medication. The most used nonpharmacological methods were ice therapy and postural care. The nurses reported that music and conversation with the patient ameliorated the patients' acute pain. Nurses stated that their lack of knowledge concerning pain management and workload affected their acute pain management. Conclusion Study results emphasize the need to develop ongoing pain management education for registered nurses and in addition to further research of nonpharmacological alleviation method in emergency departments. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.