Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
versión impresa ISSN 0034-7167
MENDES, Felismina Rosa Parreira y MANTOVANI, Maria de Fátima. Current dynamics of nursing in Portugal: nurses' representations. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2010, vol.63, n.2, pp. 209-215. ISSN 0034-7167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672010000200007.
This research study, with a qualitative approach was carried out aiming to identify nurses' representation on current professional dynamics, evolutionary landmarks and the future outlook for Portuguese nursing with twenty nurses from Évora, Portugal, in April / May of 2009, through narrative testimony. Qualification obtained along the years as well as the Nurses' Association were mentioned as the central representative pillars in order to build up professional identity. Autonomy is part of daily caring routine, however hegemonic power issues in the health team still ground nurses' action and underpin their self and peer professional and social recognition. Future outlook addresses issues such as employment, career uncovering hope for some and uncertainty for others.
Palabras llave : Professional practice; Professional autonomy; Nursing.