Communication Strategies: Socio-Cultural Factors- Nursing Essay Writing Assignment Help
Details of Task: After selecting ONE (1) of the scenarios presented to you below, you are to write a 1500 word essay. Your essay should include analysis and synthesis of research. You are required to reference at least five academic sources (e.g., textbooks, articles). o The essay is worth 35% of the total marks for the course and is due online at the time indicated above. o A marking guide will be used to grade this task. It will be available in Moodle. Throughout the semester students will be guided in the use of marking criteria for this paper. The marking guide on Moodle will consist of the following elements: Critical insight into findings with at least five primary sources referenced
well and used appropriately to support points given The essay is clearly presented, is of appropriate length and well written The reference list and in text citations are all formatted correctly for APA style, and are appropriate in number Essay is logically structured including introduction, arguments and conclusion Main factors for consideration in scenario are identified and well explained
Select one (1) of the following topics for the essay.
1. You are a counsellor and you have recently started seeing a client, Katherine, who was referred to you from a medical GP in the area. The client, Katherine is a 25 year old Indigenous woman, single with no children. Katherine has always considered herself a slightly nervous person who seems to scare easily. Last year, one of Katherine’s friends experienced a fire in their kitchen, and Katherine has spent a lot of time recently listening to her friend’s experience. About a month ago, Katherine arrived at her fiancé’s apartment while he was cooking a special dinner. The entire time at her fiancé’s place, Katherine was afraid that something would catch fire on the stove. After he finished cooking, Katherine delayed the start of dinner while she rigorously cleaned the stove and made sure that all the burners were turned off. Throughout dinner, she was distracted by the stove and was constantly looking at it, to the point of completely ignoring her fiancé. After a short argument, she left halfway through dinner and went home. After they made up, she again went over to her fiancé’s apartment, only to find that he had placed a sheet over the stove so that she “wouldn’t be distracted by it”. Upon seeing this, Katherine became hysterical and started screaming about fire. She ran into the kitchen, ripped the sheet away, and began checking the knobs and burners to make sure they were turned off. When her fiancé attempted to calm her down, she pushed him to the floor and kept yelling. Eventually, he kicked her out and threatened to call the police. Afterwards, her fiancé told her friends what happened, and they have been wary of Katherine and avoiding her ever since. Whenever Katherine sees a stove, she immediately imagines flames bursting out of it, setting the kitchen ablaze. She becomes preoccupied with thoughts of fire and has great difficulty shifting her attention. In response, she has developed a few rituals to calm herself down. Often, she will turn the burners on all the way and slowly count backward from 10 as she turns each one off. If it doesn’t turn off right as she reaches zero, she repeats the process. Furthermore, the knobs on the stove must be absolutely clean, as Katherine is convinced that drips and residue can interfere with turning the stove completely off. It’s not unusual for Katherine to call in sick to work and spend hours cleaning and checking the stove. Last year, she used all of her sick days by mid-August. To get extra sick days, Katherine recently went to her local General Practitioner (she does not have a regular GP).
Her General Practitioner thought Katherine might also benefit from speaking to a counsellor, and referred Katherine to you.
2. You are a counsellor who has been seeing a new client, Nicos, for just over a month (2 sessions). Nicos is a 65 year old retired farmer of Australian/Greek heritage. He sold his farm just over a year ago and moved with his wife, Barbara (Babs), closer to the city where their son and daughter-in- law live. He decided to sell up after Babs said they were getting too old to run a working farm. They are now about a 40 minute drive from where their son, daughter-in- law and their 2 children, a boy aged 12 and a girl aged 5, live. Nicos and Babs have not seen much of their children previously as the journey from the farm took over 6 hours.
Since the house move, Nicos’s activity levels have dropped enormously. Without the farm, it is hard for Nicos to find things to keep him active and entertained; his whole life, his identity, was built around the farm. He spends most of his day sitting in front of the television and goes for the occasional walk to the corner shop to buy a newspaper. His sedentary lifestyle is worrying Babs, who says it is like he has just “stopped”. He has gone from doing extreme labour to being lost about what to do with himself. Babs keeps herself busy by doing housework, going for walks, visiting the
grandchildren and she’s started going to a yoga class at the local Seniors’ Community Health Centre twice a week. Nicos says he is feeling more isolated than he did on the farm. With the depression taking over, Nicos doesn’t want the grandchildren to remember their grandad as being miserable and worthless so he avoids seeing them as much as possible. This situation has created tension between Nicos and his daughter-in- law, who thinks he’s just being aloof. Nicos would desperately like to be involved in his family’s lives and also to feel less isolated in his marriage. Nicos was not referred to you by a GP, and feels a bit awkward about, as he says, “the whole counselling thing”. His wife attended the first session with him, and stated he needed to talk to someone because he seems ‘depressed’. Nicos does not see medication as an option, and is uncomfortable even talking about antidepressants.
Details of Task: As their counsellor, your essay should critically reflect on how communication with Katherine/Nicos should take place. Specifically, what model of communication do you believe would be most appropriate for the client? How would you develop rapport with the client? What communication strategies would you employ to facilitate effective communication, and how would you implement these strategies? What do you believe to be some barriers to effective communication with this client (hint: also consider socio-cultural factors here) and how might you overcome these barriers? Can you think of any ethical considerations? In addition to critically reflecting on this topic, your essay should also include analysis and synthesis of research. You are also expected to consider inter-professional practice in your essay. What other health professionals would you communicate with to discuss your client? Specifically what details would you discuss? What are some ethical considerations of such communication?
As their counsellor, your essay should critically reflect on how communication with Katherine/Nicos should take place. What model of communication do you believe would be most appropriate for the client? How would you develop rapport with the client? What communication strategies would you employ to facilitate effective communication, and how would you implement these strategies? What do you believe to be some barriers to effective communication with this client (hint: also consider socio-cultural factors here) and how might you overcome these barriers? Can you think of any ethical considerations? In addition to critically reflecting on this topic, your essay should also include analysis and synthesis of research. You are also expected to consider inter-professional practice in your essay. What other health professionals would you communicate with to discuss your client? Specifically what details would you discuss? What are some ethical considerations of such communication?