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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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SILVA, Rafael Celestino da  and  FERREIRA, Márcia de Assunção. Changing the perspective on specialized knowledge in nursing: an epistemological debate. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.6, pp.1042-1048. ISSN 1518-8345.

This theoretical study results from the observation and problematization of inexperienced nurses' insertion in technological environments, which requires specialized knowledge and practices. We pose the question if the use of this knowledge leads to a fragmented practice. The objective is to discuss the specialized knowledge necessary for nursing work in this setting, at the light of the principles that guide the new scientific paradigm. A bibliographical survey and literature review were carried out. The discussion is based on the assertion that, although specialized knowledge originates in a reductionist, objective, rational and mechanistic paradigm, its application in specialized nursing practice is not necessarily based on these principles, but on the scientific paradigm that guides them as individuals in the world. This suggests a change in the perspective on this issue.

Keywords : biomedical technology; nursing care; nursing; intensive care units; specialties nursing.

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