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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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BRITO, Maria José Menezes; MONTENEGRO, Lívia Cozer  and  MARILIA, Alves. Relational Experiences of Power and Gender for Nurse-Managers of Private Hospitals. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.5, pp.952-959. ISSN 1518-8345.

Influenced by increased technology and globalization, Brazilian hospitals are undergoing significant changes. The managerial models focused on the male model are being slowly and gradually replaced, with an expressive participation of female nurses in management positions. Thus, we aimed to uncover some aspects of the relational experiences of power and gender of nine female nurse-managers working in four large and medium-sized private hospitals in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, through a qualitative case study. The results show that management discourses value a managerial style focused on the organizations’ humanized aspects, where authoritative styles have no space. In this scenario, the work of female nurse-managers strengthens teamwork, which improves their image and contributes to forming their identity.

Keywords : Management; Gender Identity; Nursing.

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