The Theoretical Model of Interpersonal Relations developed by Hildegard Peplau can be used to look at a conflict from a psychodynamic perspective. A nurse is able to understand the behavior of others and herself, applying the principles of human relationships to identified needs. It is a progressive process, evolving from the orientation stage to the termination stage, by building rapport and shifting the behavior of others through a nurse’s help. It is a relationship-building theory that emphasizes a nurse’s role as a resource and educator (Adams, 2017).
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In my nursing practice, I was fortunate not to experience issues with my immediate co-workers. However, the nurse manager that overlooked my integration process was overly critical of my actions and inexperience. At times, it made me feel extremely incompetent and underprepared for the profession, despite my best attempts at learning all practical concepts. Eventually, I was distraught and voiced my concerns to a mentor. She sat me down with the nurse manager, and we discussed how as a new nurse, I would have a learning period, similar to what occurred in the case study. So I inadvertently applied the theory of role behavior and the individualistic social exchange framework to ensure that my transition would occur without overbearing criticism.
Adams, L. Y. (2017). Peplau’s contributions to psychiatric and nursing knowledge. Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Nursing, 1(1): e10-e18. Web.