Sociologic Sciences Journal Assignment
Use the following case study to write a reflection that includes:
1. A comparison of what you have learned from the case study to related theories (Role Theory, Conflict Theory, and Social Exchange Theory). Make sure to cite these theories in APA format.
2. 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.
Case Study: Natalie Kazakova
Recently graduated with master degree in nursing
Bachelor in engineering back home
Works at a local community hospital in ICU
Natalie is questioning her choice to become a nurse. Sociologic Sciences Journal A few weeks after orientation ends at her new place of employment, Natalie finds herself questioning her choice to become a nurse. She finds it hard to go into work because she is feeling insecure and has self-doubt.
Role Theory: Role Behavior – As a new graduate and new nurse, Natalie needs to negotiate appropriate role behaviors with patients, coworkers, and medical staff. Role strain or stress, including role incongruity, can occur when the individualâ€™s expectations (her view of the caring role of the nurse) conflicts with the requirements to learn to manage complicated equipment and medications.
Conflict Theory – As noted in the text, conflict is often grounded in issues of power/authority and domination/subjugation. The two nurse colleagues are struggling to hold on to their position of power related to their experience because they are probably threatened by Natalie advanced degree.
Social Exchange Theory – Natalie has noted that reciprocity is lacking in her relationships with the two experienced ADN nurses. As a result, she feels like resigning (withdrawing from the situation).
Natalie discusses this issue with one of her professors. Her professor offers the following recommendations:
1. Donâ€™t do anything at this point. This is normal behavior for other nurses dealing with a novice. Time will prove your readiness.
2. Review the conflict and try to think of the other experienced nursesâ€™ perspectives. Again, time will prove your readiness.
3. Speak up now and remind the other nurses that you are a brand new RN and will have a learning period.
Natalie recognizes the issues of role behavior and role incongruity and seeks out one of her professors to discuss these. The professor reminds her that this is a normal process and that she needs to give herself some time to learn her position. She tells her that as she becomes more comfortable with the technical requirements of her position, she will find she is able to again put the caring aspect of nursing in the forefront.
As Natalie reviewed her information on conflict and individualistic social exchange framework, as well as recognizing that the other nurses were struggling to maintain their own power (and self-concept), she was able to change her approach. She praised the other nurses for their knowledge and experience. She remained humble and quiet as she gained more experience and knowledge. She quietly reminded them that, despite her degree, she was still a new RN and so she appreciated having knowledgeable nurses like them around. She hoped that this would