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Case Study: Mark


Read the case study provided and answer the questions in a Microsoft Word document. Each response should be a minimum of 5 sentences in length, clear and concise, and use correct grammar.

Case Study

Meet Mark.

Mark is excited to begin training as an emergency department nurse. On his first day, the nurse training him makes multiple negative remarks about the physician on duty. Dont ever make a suggestion, or shell ream you out. You have to walk on eggshells around her. Later, another nurse is showing Mark where the supplies are kept. She tells him, If you cant find things, dont call Central Supply because theyll get on your back about wasting resources. Its better to keep a few key things like IV start kits hidden so you can grab them when you need them.

Three emergency department nurses standing next to a patient bed 

Toward the end of his shift, a nurse assistant tells Mark a patient is vomiting violently in one of the examination rooms. However, Mark walks in to find the patient sitting up smiling, and only a small amount of emesis in the basin. He hears muffled laughter coming from the hallway. Later in the shift, the nurse who is training Mark comments, Hope you dont mind a little kidding around. This job can get to you, and its good to laugh when we can.

The remainder of his training is free of other incidents and, overall, goes well.

Case Study Questions

  1. What kind of culture best describes this department based on the scenario? Support your reasoning.
  2. What appears to be the implicit rules of the emergency department of this organization?
  3. Mark used respectful communication to optimize his relationships with the Central Supply staff, the nurse assistants, and the nurse training him. What barriers might exist in building respectful dialogue?
  4. In what ways are you like Mark? In what ways are you different?

Submission and Assessment Guidelines

  • Submit your Microsoft Word document with the questions clearly listed and answered. All of the questions MUST be answered in your document.
  • It is expected that your answers are free of grammatical errors and in complete sentences, where appropriate.
  • This activity will be submitted via Turnitin. For instructions on how to view this rubric, review .
  • Review the Case Study Rubric for grading criteria.
  • This activity is worth 100 points.v
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