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Running head: FUNCTIONALIST PERSPECTIVE
Summary of the problem
Just like every other employee, nurses go through a lot of social problems which
range from upholding their professionalism to ethical dilemmas. The problem presented in
this analysis is the extent to which nurses have control over the patient's freedom. Nurses are
mandated to save lives, promote health and ensure the well-being of all patients but at times,
this is compromised by the freedom of the patients to do as they will. This is a social problem
that has undermined most nurses' duties and they feel like what they do is not enough.
Examples of scenarios presented above include patients refusing orders by the nurse
to take medication, patients are well aware that medications are necessary for their conditions
but they choose not to take them. This is a personal choice and the nurse is not mandated to
force a patient into taking them. The provision of patients' rights to choice and freedom has
limited the functionalities of nurses because they cannot do their work as they are expected to
(Chitty & Black 2016).
My first reaction to the articles presenting the issue was rather irrational; I thought
that nurses should not feel compromised because their function is to provide medical care in
whatever way they can and if it does not work, then they should not blame themselves for it
and I also thought that nurses should do everything to ensure the patients get well.
The social theory used for the analysis of the social issue is the Functionalist
perspective and according to the theory, the society is integrated and for it to achieve balance
there is a ...