Date of Award

Fall 2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Michong Rayborn

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Sheila Davis

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Janie Butts

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research


Language and the ability to communicate with the patient are foundational for effective anesthesia/patient relationships (Rosse, Bruijne, Suurmond, Essink-Bot, &Wagner, 2015). The burgeoning population of Vietnamese people in the United States demands implementation of procedures to ensure adequate communication and safe care. The present project sought to determine if the Wong-BakerVietnamese Pain Rating® Scale assisted Vietnamese patients with limited English proficiency to adequately report pain or discomfort relief during the post-operative period. A convenience sample of adults (N = 25) that meet inclusion criteria constituted the sample. Inclusive criteria were patients who were Vietnamese, between the ages of 30 and 70 years, self-defined as having limited English proficiency, and have been a patient who areor havebeen treated for pain. SPSS statistical analysis was used to calculate frequencies to determine if there were relationships between participants’ responses and demographic variables. Sixty percent of the participants felt like they are least likely to believe that their healthcare providers understand their description of pain or discomfort. Seventy percent of the participants stated they were uncomfortable at their communication level. Interestingly, 100% of the participants have never been offered a Vietnamese pain rating scale to help them describe their level of pain or discomfort. As a result, this project met the specific aims and purpose set forth to help Vietnamese patients with LEP to adequately report pain and discomfort by utilizing the Wong-Baker FACES® Pain Rating Scale. With the Wong-Baker FACES® Pain Rating Scale, the communication limitation has eased and helped increase the comfort level in communicating with healthcare providers.

Included in

Nursing Commons