Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
versão On-line ISSN 1980-265X
COSTA, Carmem Cemires Cavalcante et al. Nursing assistant course in PROFAE-Ceará: the supervisors' voice. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2008, vol.17, n.4, pp. 705-713. ISSN 1980-265X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072008000400011.
The objective of this qualitative study was to analyze the Technical Nursing Course of the Ceará School of Public Health (Brazil), made possible by the Professionalization Project of Nursing Workers, from the view of supervising nurses in order to know the course's strengths and weaknesses. A focus group made up of 10 course supervisors was carried out in February of 2007. Discourse content analysis made evident that the course allowed for nursing technical competency development. The problematization methodology and the quality of the teaching-learning resources were among its positive aspects. The main difficulties pointed out were related to the course logistics, the lack of municipal support, and limited internship opportunities. We conclude, however, that this educational strategy must be implemented into permanent education as an effective way to ensure professional reflection and significant changes in health care work processes.
Palavras-chave : Evaluation; Education, nursing; Public policies.