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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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Abstract

SILVA, Josiane Travençolo da; MATHEUS, Maria Clara Cassuli; FUSTINONI, Suzete Maria  and  GUTIERREZ, Maria Gaby Rivero de. Professional practice of nurses who care for cancer patients in general hospitals. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.65, n.3, pp. 460-465. ISSN 0034-7167.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672012000300010.

The present article discusses a qualitative study which aimed to understand the typical of nurses' professional practice caring for patient with cancer in general hospitals. In order to find out the reasons that motivate nurse's action, and to put in evidence what is original, significant, specific and typical about this phenomenon, we have taken into consideration the premises of the philosopher Alfred Schütz, which provide us with subsidies to unveil them. The data collected through semi-structured interviews reported that nurses admit not having the required theoretical knowledge and experience or enough practice to take care of a cancer patient. Thus, they don't feel capable of developing actions which may positively influence care on patients and their family members.

Keywords : Oncologic Nursing; Nursing Care; Qualitative Research.

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