Date of Scholarly Project Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chairperson

Dr. Melissa Romero

Second Committee Member

Dr. Terry Durley

Third Committee Member

Dr. Kristi Robinia


Patient satisfaction is an important goal for health care providers, as it is associated with treatment success, and patients are more likely to adhere to medical treatments when they are satisfied. Emergency departments are among the lowest ranked healthcare settings nationwide in terms of patient satisfaction. Pediatric patients often experience pain and/or anxiety while in the hospital setting and are at an increased risk of having unpleasant experiences while receiving care. The purpose of this DNP scholarly project is to determine whether the introduction of a Kindle Fire tablet was effective in decreasing parental perceptions of pain while their child underwent an invasive procedure in a rural emergency department. The study is an experimental, randomized controlled trial that utilized a convenience sample of how-many parental dyads. The theoretical framework utilized for this scholarly project is Good’s (1998) acute pain management theory. A modified version of the Pediatric Pain Survey (Shahid, Benedict, Mishra, Mulye, & Guo, 2015) utilized a Likert scale and assessed responses to five questions. After the data were collected, a Fisher’s exact test of independence was used to compare differences in the distribution of responses, and p values were used to determine the statistical significance while comparing the control and the intervention groups. There was no statistical evidence to indicate that the intervention changed the perceptions the parents had on their child’s pain or anxiety.