The Theory Of Community Empowerment

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According to Sieloff and Raph (2011), nursing management theories are used to describe, explain, predict or prescribe nursing acts. There are many ways to solve a nursing problem or issue, but nursing management theories are specifically designed for issues nurses and nurse managers come across on a daily basis. Hildebrandt and Persily’s theory of community empowerment is a perfect example of how nursing management could overcome the challenges of relocating to a new unit. The theory of community empowerment is a middle range theory and was originally designed to improve the health of people in their communities. Like other nursing theories, this theory could easily be adapted to accommodate a different situation from its original…show more content…
Without proper planning and implementation, any change within a unit could be detrimental. If not properly implemented, moving to a new unit could potentially frustrate, confuse, or even cause some nurses to leave their jobs. Each person has their own coping strategies and the length of time it takes to adjust to a new situation.
The following real-life example will be used to illustrate some of the mistakes management took when moving to a new unit and how proper planning and implementation could have prevented it all.
Initially, when the nurses discovered they were moving to a newly remodeled unit, they were ecstatic. As the months went by and the move in date approached, no one from management mentioned what it would look like on the new unit, what kind of equipment we would have, or anything except “it’ll be so beautiful!”
When the actual day to move in approached, chaos was everywhere. No one was clear on their roles, people did not know which way to go, supplies were in unimaginable places, and overall, the nurses felt very isolated from each other and the patients. The old unit was unlike any other – it felt like a big family. There was a common area under a skylight where the families got together to cook, bond, and most importantly, support one another. The patients would have their siblings over and the music therapists would fill the entire dome area with music and laughter.
The new unit was no doubt really beautiful, but was lacking in spirit. The
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