Master Status

Master Status


“The ultrasound girl”

Master status is a sociological term that describes one’s socialposition in the society based on one’s social influence andidentity as related to roles and behaviors. One’s career occupationis often used as a master status that identifies and distinguishesone’s role among family, friends and in the area of residence.Master status can be ascribed or achieved achieved master statusrefers to one’s career and academic achievement which are achievedskills, abilities and efforts (Macionis, 2014). Ascribed statuses onthe other hand, refers to statuses that are acquired based on one’s inheritance, birth or social cultural structures ascribed statusinclude, gender, age and race among others (Stark,2007). Regardless of one’s source of status (ascribed or achieved),an individual is recognized by his or her ‘Master status’ anddefines one’s socially expected roles.

My Master status is ‘the ultrasound girl’ as known by societymembers around the grocery store in the Island where I live.Ultrasound people perform diagnostic procedures on patients usingsonogram device that have high frequency sound waves for takingimages on hidden organs such as stomach, liver, heart and bloodvessels. As such, as a Sonographer (ultrasound girl) one is taskedwith carrying out CT scans, MRI scans and PET scans among others. Inthis way, due to my work as a Sonograpgher at the local hospital inthe Island, many people have come to know me as the ‘ultrasoundgirl.’ Everybody in the village from old to young, calls me the‘ultrasound girl’ and I have gotten used to this master status.

My master status is achieved and not ascribed I have undergonevarious education training and practice to acquire skills, abilitiesand competence in conducting Sonograpghic tasks. I have spent severalyears in School learning various aspects of Sonograpghy which werelater followed by several internship placements in public and privatehospitals. As a result, I gained vast skills, abilities and knowledgeconcerning ultrasound imaging that supports the work ofcardiologists, radiologist and other medical specialists. To thisend, my ‘master status’ is acquired personal skills through selfefforts and not ascribed based on birth or gender (Shepardand Robert, 2003). Most of the villagers know me as the ‘ultrasoundgirl’ since I have conducted a number of Sonograph scans on themand other patients at the Island main public hospital. As such, Ihave achieved the status of a Diagnostic Medical Sonograph in myvillage and neighboring areas.

Roles refer to tasks, responsibilities and duties expected from aperson holding a given social or career status (Macionis, 2014). Inascribed statuses, individuals’ roles are ‘pre-assigned’ dutiesand responsibilities that one should perform as expected by thesociety and its cultural values (Qidwai, 2013). This means thatindividuals who hold ascribed status must grow up learning how toperform the expected social roles in line with cultural values.Similarly, in achieved statuses, an individual’s roles arepost-prescribed (given after one has mastered a particular skill)(Macionis, 2014). Nonetheless, whether in ascribed or achievedstatuses, individuals have ‘duties’ ‘roles’ and ‘tasks’that are expected based on one’s ‘master status’ regardless ofwhether it is achieved or ascribed (Macionis and Linda, 2010).

The main role of a diagnostic Medical Sonograph entails showing up towork on time at the hospital where I assist radiologist,cardiologists, obstetrician and other medical specialists withsonogram scans. At times, I use Sonography for diagnosis or duringthe treatment (therapeutic) procedure for patients requiring internalinterventions such as biopsies. This means producing credibleSonographic images that are easily understood and interpreted bydoctors and other medical specialists. At other times am required tohelp fellow workmates in facilitating effective Sonograph imagingthat require complex details. Mostly, as an experienced ‘ultrasoundgirl,’ I am called upon to help new Sonograph interns at thehospital and this has earned me the name ‘the ultrasound girl’among my fellow workmates, patients and the medical specialists.

As an ‘ultrasound girl’ my role requires that I be familiar withpathology skills in order to aid medical specialists in theirdiagnostic work. In order to perform this role, I am required tounderstand and have adequate skills on all aspects of pathology thatin turn help me in aiding the interpretation of biopsies, CT scansand PET scans among others (Stark,2007). Recently, I have undertaken a course in pathology to boost my‘ultrasound’ role as well as help improve my service to variousmedical specialists who require sonograms.

Socially, as a recognized ‘ultrasound girl,’ I am required toshow great respect and kindness to patients, their family members andfellow workmates. Every day, I interact with various patients andfamilies who are admitted for various ailments. In line with my‘master status,’ I show genuine concern, listen and empathizewith patients (Macionis, 2014). I make sure that all patients andfamily members understand all aspects of ultrasound scanning beforeand after the sonograph imaging. By been kind and respectfulespecially to the aged patient has earned me the statues of ‘theultrasound girl.’ Most of the patients are from the neighborhoodand they refer to me as the ‘ultrasound’ girl even when I amoutside the hospital premises (Qidwai, 2013). Far from this, I sharemy skills extensively to all upcoming Sonograghers who are influencedby my ‘master statuses in my locality. As a result, most youngpeople in my neighborhood know me as the ‘ultrasound girl’ andhave completely forgotten my real names!


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