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Scenario Sequence

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Tim Carlson

on 16 October 2012

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Questions to consider: Solution: The Physical Arguments: The Problem (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr During his last semester (fall) at the university, Alexander has decided to start volunteering at a retirement home as part of an internship for his degree in social work. His final project is to write a reflection over his volunteering experiences, keep a weekly journal and create a final presentation. Alexander is assigned to an elderly Hispanic woman in her mid-seventies named Maria. Maria is ambulatory but does not walk too much, so she needs help doing daily activities such as bathing, having someone present when she goes to the restroom and outside. Unfortunately, she has no living relatives to visit her. Alexander has agreed to volunteer at least ten hours a week, however, once he starts volunteering, he develops a strong friendship with the elderly woman and she begins to ask him to visit her more often because the nurses do not provide her with the assistance she needs. How should Alexander address this issue? What will be his strategy? What should he consider if he accepts visiting her more often? Explain. Second Alexander has agreed to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week. The way he structures these hours are two hours a day Monday thru Friday. He will visit with her between 5:30 and 7:30 pm after he gets out of school. While he is with her they spend an hour eating dinner in the mess hall, and then they spend the second hour taking a walk or playing card games and watching prime time television. Alexander has accepts the invitation to spend more time with her because he is passionate about what he does and he enjoys their relationship. He keeps Sundays completely free in his schedule to watch Sunday night football. He will dedicate 3 hours every Sunday to watch football with the woman. He does not mind spending the extra time on Sunday because he can bring a guest or two over to the nursing home to watch football. During the entire semester Alexander will keep a detailed journal and audio journal about his visits. While in his car going home after his visits he will reflect on his visit and voice his thoughts. He will use a voice recorder to keep his audio log. When he gets home he will spend 30 minutes organizing and summarizing his recordings on paper. This means he will spend an average of 16 hours a week on this project (10 hours during the week +3 hours on Sunday +3 hours total reflection per week). What happens if Alexander cannot make a visit? If Alexander misses a visit he will call Maria and let her know that he won't make it. He will make up his hours on Sunday. What happens if Alexander loses his journals? Alexander will back up all his audio logs on an external hard drive. He will also back up his written journal by photocopying it. What if Maria moves out of state of dies? If Maria is no longer available Alexander will be assigned to a new person. Arguments: The Emotional Solution: The Problem: While volunteering at the retirement home, Alexander notices that Maria argues with the nurses. When he asks her why she argues with them, she claims that they treat her differently because she is Hispanic. Alexander starts paying attention to how the nurses interact with Maria. He notices that the nurses are composed of differently races, such as white, black and Hispanic. Some of the nurses concur with the Maria’s claim that some of the staff does treat non-white residents differently. However, other nurses disagree or do not wish to disclose any information o the topic. Alex will keep a log for every time that Maria mentions that she does not get proper care. If the issues that she is experiencing continue, he will speak with the management of the nursing home and ask that an investigation be conducted to ensure that Maria is receiving the assistance she needs. What if the investigation reveals that there is no misconduct? Alexander will talk to Maria about it and just reassure her that the nurses do everything they need to. What if the professor tells Alexander to stay out of it? Alexander would take his professors advice and stay out of it because he needs to complete this internship in order to graduate. However, Alexander will ask his professor to get involved. Questions to
consider: Solution: The Circumstantial Arguments: The Problem: While volunteering at the retirement home, Alexander witnesses a dispute between two elderly residents. One of the residents involved in the dispute is an elderly white man who claims that one of the Hispanic nurses stole his wristwatch while he was sleeping one night. The elderly man wants Alexander to act as his witness in how the Hispanic nurse denied taking the wristwatch. Alexander does not agree to act as the elderly man’s witness, however, the elderly man claims that the Hispanic nurse made disparaging remarks about him being white and blaming her because she is Hispanic. Essentially, she claims that he is stereotyping her because of her race. The director of the retirement home facility requests that Alexander visit his/her office and fill out an official report of the incident. How should Alexander approach this situation? What kind of attitude should he take? How should Alexander address this issue in his final reflection and presentation? What is his strategy for including/not including this incident in his presentation? Alexander should keep a neutral attitude toward the man and woman. He realizes that he needs to complete this internship in order to graduate, so he doesn't want to get too involved and risk being kicked out. He will fill out a report, and let his professor know about the incident as well as tell him that he was asked to be a witness. He will include this incident in his final presentation and will include a section about how he handled the situation. What if the police get involved? If the police get involved they can use the report that he completed with the director.
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