Adaptation and Transition in Nursing Theories


The concept of adaptation is discussed by different professionals. Of course, they tend to have similar considerations regarding it but some peculiar features and emphasizes differ.

All in all, the discussed concept is considered to be connected with some alterations and modifications. Basically, it means that some subject changes in order to adjust to those things that started to differ. For example, people can adapt to the surrounding environment, a new role they need to undertake, limited abilities, and life-styles, etc. According to nurse theorists who support the Modeling and Role-Modeling Theory, adaptation is seen as one of the main concepts that make individuals different from one another. It is an ongoing process that cannot be considered in the framework of a short-time perspective. It deals with interactions because only interacting with the sources of changes people start adapting to them. The followers of the Modeling and Role-Modeling Theory claim that adaptation cannot be discussed without the involvement of stressors. Stress is the thing that makes people implement some changes in their actions, behaviors, and perceptions so that they obtain an opportunity to get rid of such adverse experiences and get used to them. It also means that individuals need to mobilize resources in an efficient way so that they can reach their target (Hertz, 2015). In the framework of the Transitions Theory, this concept is focused on the outside situations and people’s capacity to adjust to them. In this way, professionals tend to find out how individuals use their cognitive abilities to adapt to changes and are willing to assist them during these transitions. They believe that eventually the most benefit should be obtained from the environment.


Personally, I have experienced several types of transition in my life. The most critical of them were developmental transitions that cannot be avoided. For example, the transition from childhood to adolescence is the one that I remember the most due to the influences it made in my life, including interactions with other people. This type of transition was rather complex, and it dealt with several different alterations (Masters, 2014). For example, my perceptions of the things I have known changed, my relations with other individuals also altered, as well as my physical condition. The healthy transition should be maintained smoothly with no critical issues. Unfortunately, I believe that the meanings hindered the process of my transition to some degree. As far as I remember, I had some complications, as the things I used to like would not satisfy me anymore so that it was difficult for me to find some new interests from the very beginning. In addition to that, my relations with relatives worsened for some period of time, because it was hard for us to find a common language. In this way, I would experience some pressure trying to reduce unpleasant interactions. However, I remember experiencing no critical issues when communicating with my friends so that I was able to have some support from them. Even though this process was rather long-lasting, the issues experienced in communication with other people did not make any crucial adverse effect on our relations. All in all, I obtained an opportunity to adapt to the new condition and successfully completed this very transition. Still, I believe that it was possible to avoid some problems that were experienced during this time. The knowledge of additional theoretical information allows me to reconsider this situation now and to understand it better.


Hertz, J. (2015). Modeling and role‑modeling theory: An introduction. Web.

Masters, K. (2014). Nursing theories: A framework for professional practice. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.