The Covert Observation Of A Nursing Home

2127 Words Aug 4th, 2014 9 Pages
The objective of the current study is to relate the covert observation five employees in a nursing home in which the writer resides to core course concepts such as empathy and altruism. The current author looks into how to examine egoism versus altruism, and how employment affects helping others. Employees of a nursing home must be attuned to the needs of the individual and must anticipate their needs, since so many nursing home residents are unable to ask for assistance. The employees of the nursing home were observed, keeping in mind that this type of employment should be approached in an altruistic manner. Altruism is defined as, “feeling and behavior that show a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness” (Merriam, 2014, p. 1). For the purpose of this scenario, the five individuals observed are: (1) Bob – a nursing assistant; (2) Marie – a nursing assistant; (3) Carol – a Registered Nurse; (4) Christa – a registered nurse; and (5) Timothy – a Physical Therapist. The work of Rhodes,
The basic methodology of the current investigation is a qualitative case study method, in which the author writes subjective observations and details about a case or cases, which are then related to a more general subject (in this case, the importance of altruism). Case study methods tend to concentrate on how the general experiences of the case instances are able to be applied to a larger statistical body. The case study methodology is a tried and true method with a…
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