Theory of Power

Gloria is a 71-year-old retired married woman who would like to work part-time and remain active in her grandchildren’s lives, but she is constrained by pain in her lower back, knee, and foot. She sees herself as fortunate in many regards; she has maintained a healthy weight, has a comfortable home, and is financially stable. She also is very involved in her church and local community. She lives with her husband, who is a war veteran and retired police officer. Her two daughters and most of her grandchildren live in Florida. She enters the hospital for left hip replacement; the knee has bothered her for many years and its condition recently has worsened. She is reluctant to use traditional pain treatments, and believes that prayer is the more important source of her healing and pain relief. She now is willing to consider surgery and a combination of traditional and non-traditional treatments so she can return to her family roles, church volunteerism, teaching classes, and working at a local craft store.

Discuss how the theoretical concepts and assumptions of the Theory of Power as Knowing Participation in Change apply to this specific case scenario. Identify one MSN Essential that most relates to the application of this theory in clinical practice.

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