Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
COSTA, Rita de Almeida and SHIMIZU, Helena Eri. Study of tasks performed by nurses in a teaching hospital. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.3, pp. 418-426. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342006000300015.
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to analyze tasks performed by nurses at hospitalization units (maternity, general medicine, surgical and pediatric) in a training hospital in order to better know which factors make it difficult to outline their role as well as the meaning of their actions. It's a descriptive-type qualitative research. Twenty nurses were interviewed following a half-structured script. Nurses perceive that they perform help-providing tasks more frequently, followed by administrative tasks, dealing with the information system and educational tasks. The lack of skilled human resources, essentially nurses, infra-structure, valorization of nursing care and its workers, work organization and integration among members of the multi-disciplinary staff were identified as work-hampering factors.
Keywords : Nurse's role; Nursing service, hospitals; Hospitals, teaching.