Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
CAMPONOGARA, Silviamar; RAMOS, Flávia Regina Sousa and KIRCHHOF, Ana Lucia Cardoso. Reflexivity, knowledge and ecological awareness: premises for responsible action in the hospital work environment. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.6, pp. 1030-1036. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692009000600016.
The article aims to analyze the interface of reflexivity, knowledge and ecologic awareness in the context of hospital work, based on data collected in a qualitative case study carried out at a public hospital. Field observation data and interviews are discussed in the light of sociologic and philosophic references. Workers expressed the interface between knowledge and action, in which there is a cycle of lack of knowledge, automatism in the actions and lack of environmental awareness, posing limits to individual awareness and to responsibility towards environmental preservation. Increased debate and education, including the environmental issue, are needed in the context of hospital work. Although hospital work is reflexively affected by the environmental problem, that does not guarantee the reorientation of practices and responsible action towards the environment.
Keywords : ethics; environment; environmental health; qualitative research.