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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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SILVA, Rafael Celestino da  and  FERREIRA, Márcia de Assunção. Technology in an intensive care unit: delineation of a figure- type of the nurse . Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.5, pp.617-623. ISSN 0103-2100.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of the figure-type of a nurse to work in intensive care environments, with reference to the social representations about technology. METHODS: As a reference, we applied the theory of social representations. A qualitative research approach was used, with interviews with 11 novice and 13 veteran nurses, analyzed using thematic content analysis. RESULTS: The meanings attributed to the environment, patients and caring from the social representation of technology, demanded the need for a figure-type of "nurse", characterized by personal qualities such as: proactive, emotional balance, communication/relationship skills; techniques such as observation skills and leadership, speed, dynamism, technical and expressive skills, to work in the scenario of intensive care. CONCLUSIONS: The clinical competence in these critical units raises the evaluation of cognitive and psychomotor skills of nurses.

Keywords : Biomedical technology; Intensive therapy units; trends; Nursing care.

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