NUR500-Theory Building in Nursing
Natalie kazakova is a Russian immigrant who recently graduated with a master’s degree in nursing and has a bachelor’s degree in engineering form back home. She now works in the ICU at a local community hospital. After her orientation ended she is feeling insecure and is questioning her choice to become a nurse and is finding it hard to go to work. Also meet Susan and Pam. Two nurses who has 10 years’ experience but only has associate in nursing degrees. Susan and Pam said to Natalie” I thought you had a master’s degree. Why you don’t know anything?” and “What did you learn at that university, anyway?”. These theories explain what Natalie is experiencing.
1.Role Theory: Role Behavior-As a new graduate and new nurse, Natalie needs to negotiate appropriate role behaviors with patients, coworkers and medical staff. (p.286).Role strain or stress, including role incongruity(p. 287),can occur when the individual’s expectation(her view of the caring role of the nurse)conflicts with the requirements to learn to manage complicated equipment and medication.
2.Conflict Theory.-conflict is often grounded in issues of power/authority and domination/subjugation(p.289).The two nurses are struggling to hold on to their position of power related to their experience because they are probably threatened by Natalie’s advanced degree.
3.Social Exchange Theory.-Natalie has noted that reciprocity is lacking in her relationships with the two experienced Associate degree nurses.As a result, she feels like resigning(withdrawing from the situation).
1)Associate what you have learned about the theories to this case study.
2)Reflection should be a minimum of five to six paragraphs.
3)Each reflection should include the following:
A comparison of what you have learned from the case study to related theories you have studied. Make sure to cite these theories in APA format.
A comparison of the case study to your nursing practice, giving one or two examples from your nursing experience in which you might have applied a particular theory covered.
Natalie discusses this issue with one of her professors. Her professor offers the following recommendations:
Don’t do anything at this point. This behavior is normal.
2-Review the conflict and try to think of the other experienced nurses prospective.
3-Speak up now and remind the other nurses that you are a brand-new RN and will have a learning period. Reflect on which option you think would be best for you.