SocialWork Life Span
SocialWork Life Span
Theperson being interviewed is Esther, a 42-year-old female nurse whohas more than fifteen years’ experience in this practice. She likesproviding care to the sick, and this passion is what drove her tobecome a nurse. She often works night shifts since she is divorcedand has no kids. Therefore, she does not see the need to go home andbe in the house all alone. She works 84 hours a week so as to forgetabout her failed marriage. She also has many friends, and most ofthem are in the nursing profession meaning they are also hercolleagues.
Whenasked about how the mind and bodies change after being frustrated inlife, Esther seemed a bit sad as she said, ‘they do, especiallywhen one doesn’t eat a balanced diet or sleep well!’(as cited in Ashfold,2012).She talked about how her spending too much time in her work renderedher unable to consume nutritional foods. She also seemed aware aboutthe kind of risk that she was putting herself in by not taking careof her body. Being in the medical field, she clearly knew that shewas subjecting herself to health hazards.
Thechallenges that the nurse faces are that she rarely sleeps during theday after coming from her night shift and this would have a long-termeffect on her health. She, however, does not see this as a problemsince there are medications she takes for this condition which shedoes not think is serious (Ashfold,2012).Some of the common health hazards that she faces is she does not eata balanced diet, and this would affect her health since she lookspale, and cannot remember the last proper meal she ate.
Accordingto Erickson’s developmental stages, the interviewee is at the stageof generativity vs. stagnation. She has established her career andjust when she thinks that she has settled down with her husband, herhusband tells her that he needs her to sign the divorce papers.However, she tries to engage in giving back to the community byjoining charity initiatives and being more productive at herworkplace. She feels partly stagnant, because of the failure of hermarriage, but still, has a feeling of generativity (Ashfold,2012).
Whenasked about her achievements in life, Esther evidently has mixedfeelings about her life and even goes ahead to explain that she feelsstagnated, since she said, “I feel stagnated in the sense that mostof my age-mates have all settled down, and have husbands andchildren, while I don’t have a spouse (ascited in Ashfold, 2012).”She seems depressed about this issue but tries to act calm. On abrighter note, though, she feels that her position in her career isproof enough that she has achievements in life. Her style ofcommunication was typical and fit well with what Ashfold(2012)points out about communication from people in the stage ofgenerativity vs. stagnation.
SinceEsther is an orphan, her husband is her only family, and he hassignificantly impacted her life in that she deems it unfair thatdespite the fact that she was faithful to her husband, he still foundher unworthy and cheated on her. As if it is not enough, he claimedthat he wanted a divorce and did not bother to apologize. She doesnot have a social life because she feels as though everyone isjudging her. Because of her setting, Esther’s work setting fillsthe void of her loneliness and most of her friends are nurses(Ashfold,2012).
WhereEsther lives, all people in her age group are married and havechildren. Even at her workplace, most of the people she interactswith, who are her age mates, are married. She says, “Other nursesdo not have time to spend with friends during weekends because theyare spending it with their children and husbands (Ashfold,2012).”
Womenare supposed to have children so that they can take care of themthis has affected her to the extent that she is ready to have a childwith anyone even if it is an anonymous person (Ashfold,2012).She is, however, getting over this thought as she does not believethat having a child is a must and if society thinks that then it iswrong.
Psychological,Biophysical, and Social Hazards
Notconforming to societal norms is quite difficult since people see oneas an outcast if they are not in accordance to them. She has intensefeelings of loneliness and emotional isolation especially after herdivorce which happened a few years ago. She should try to talk tosomeone about what she is going through as through this she will beable to lead a normal life.
AccordingtoAshfold (2012) studies,being a single female at the age of 42 brings about feelings ofloneliness and stagnation. It most likely leads to people living incocoons whereby they withdraw themselves from the public this iscaused by the feeling that people are judging them, which is not thecase. Furthermore, they mostly bury themselves in their work so asthey can forget their troubles. Individuals who have been throughdivorce should enroll in support groups which will help them overcomethe situation.
Ashfold,J. B. (2012).MiddleAdulthood.Hoboken,NJ: BrooksCole