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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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MAIA, Edmara Bazoni Soares; RIBEIRO, Circéa Amália  and  BORBA, Regina Issuzu Hirooka de. Understanding nurses' awareness as to the use of therapeutic play in child care. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.4, pp.839-846. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective of this study was to understand how nurses become aware of the use of therapeutic play as a nursing intervention instrument. Symbolic Interactionism was the theoretical framework and Interpretive Interactionism was used as the methodological framework. Participants were seven nurses working at hospitals and outpatient pediatric units who used the therapeutic play in their practice. Four representative themes emerged: Expanding the way he/she sees the child; Becoming fascinated with a new possibility to provide care; Noticing his/her revalidated action; and Committing himself/herself to the theme development. Such themes revealed that when nurses become acquainted with therapeutic play and use it in his/her practice, they begin on a journey that allows him/her to recognize the benefits of this intervention. By doing so, nurses revalidate their actions more and more, thus valuing play as a nursing intervention tool. The authors believe that teaching about therapeutic play and integrating it to nurses' daily practice are challenges yet to be overcome.

Keywords : Play and playthings; Child; hospitalized; Pediatric nursing.

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