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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

BARTOLOMEI, Silvia Ricci Tonelli  and  LACERDA, Rúbia Aparecida. The nurse's work at a hospital supply center and his/her place in the care for nursing work. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.3, pp. 412-417. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342006000300014.

This is a study on nurses' work at central supply units (CSUs) with the aim of analyzing his/her social reality and transforming role in the caring process in health and nursing. It's a strategic research, with speech analysis of CSU nurses. Results show that their main activity is management, in a structured process that confirms the traditional nursing practice, having as object the coordination of medical-hospital material processing used for care. Their work is characterized by indirect care, and is instrumental not only for nurses' work, but for the work of other professionals as well. As a result, it not identified as specific nursing care, nor as care provided by the nurse. Its transforming potential upon relations and new production modes of care in health, and by the nurse, will occur first through his/her competence in the specific knowledge about CSUs than through his/her administrative skills.

Keywords : Nursing care; Central supply, hospital; Nursing process.

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