Assume you work as a school nurse in a high school. A spectator in the stands suffered a cardiac arrest at a recent school athletic event. The home team’s coach went into the high school to get the automatic defibrillator (AED), only to discover that it was not readily available. Meanwhile, an ambulance arrived and resuscitated the spectator. On Monday morning, you discover the AED is missing, only to discover that it has been locked in the custodian’s closet. Consider the following questions from the â€Political Analysis and Strategiesâ€ chapter:
What exactly is the problem?
Is this my problem, and can I solve it?
Is this the real problem, or just a symptom of something bigger?
Is an immediate solution required, or can it be postponed?
Is it going to go away on its own?
Can I afford to ignore it?
What are the alternatives? Are there any drawbacks to these solutions?
What steps would you need to take to resolve the problem?
Is it necessary for anyone else at the school to be involved in the solution?
Where is the power leverage in the school to achieve the desired outcome?
Finding a solution necessitates the use of the nurse’s power. Examine Box 9-1 (Power Sources) to determine which type(s) of power the school nurse possesses in this situation. Give your reasoning for your response.