Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
ZAGO, Márcia Maria Fontão and ROSSI, Lídia Aparecida. Critical analysis of rituals in the medical and surgical nursing setting. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2003, vol.37, n.1, pp. 36-43. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342003000100005.
In this article, a historical review of the meanings of nursing rituals is presented aiming at constructing a critical analysis of the ritualistic practice in surgical nursing. Ritualistic actions in nursing and surgical nursing are supported by the history of the profession, by nurses' education and by the myths in the organizational and cultural and surgical settings. These actions are criticized by authors in face of the present theoretical and professional thought.
Keywords : Nursing; Surgical nursing; Culture; Cerimonial behavior.