Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
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SIMOES, Renata Duarte; SIMOES, Ricardo Duarte and SILVA, Ticiana Ribeiro da. Holistic women: "green blouse" nurses to the service of the nation. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.1, pp. 140-149. ISSN 0104-0707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072012000100016.
This study aims to investigate the role assigned to the holistic nurse and the education she receives to perform her role with maximum efficiency within the Brazilian Holistic Action (Ação Integralista Brasileira), a right-wing political party that emerged in Brazil in the 1930s. It uses holistic newspapers, the "Holistic Encyclopedia" collection, and records about the Holistic School of Nursing which compose the criminal collection by the Political Police, organized by the Special Police of Political and Social Safety as source material. As a result, the study presents a significant investment of holistic thinking in formally educating nurses, women who took the opportunity of the moment to expand their social arenas. It concludes that, although holistic thinking strengthened social roles described as female, the women's relationship with the movement was innovative because it enabled new practices and representations that they also started to develop in the public sphere, for example, working as nurses.
Keywords : History of nursing; Nursing education; Nursing schools.