NUR 3119 Professional Nursing: Concepts and Issues

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Paper # 1: Transitions Sergo Colin NUR 3119 Professional Nursing: Concepts and Issues My Models of Transition in Nursing The process of transitioning from one phase of life into another is one of the most emotionally complex changes a person can make. Whether this transition is personal or professional in nature, making major adjustments during the course of one's life can lead to an often overwhelming process of reflection, apprehension, and confusion. Psychologists and other researchers concerned with assisting people with the process of transition have developed various models designed to guide an individual through significant changes, with William Bridges' 3-stage Transition Model and the Spencer and Adams 7-stage Model of Personal Change having gained the most prominence among academics. Bridges' Transition Model is ordered on the first stage (ending, losing and letting go), the second stage (the neutral zone), and the third stage (the new beginning), and proscribes certain steps to help guide people through each stage of transition (Blais & Hayes, 2011). Spencer and Adams' Model of Personal Change contains seven stages (losing focus, minimizing the impact, the pit, letting go of the past, testing the limits, searching for meaning, and integration), while owing greater attention to the complex cycle of emotional instability an individual experiences during drastic changes in their life (Blais & Hayes, 2011). By applying each of these models of transition to

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