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ELIAS, Elayne Arantes; SOUZA, Ivis Emília de Oliveira  and  VIEIRA, Letícia Becker. Meanings of themselves-care of nursing professional women in a emergency unit. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.3, pp.415-420. ISSN 1414-8145.


To comprehend the meaning of the female nursing professional living experience on caring for herself in the quotidian assistance in an Emergency Unit.


Interviews with 14 nursing professional women were developed between December/2012 and February/2013. The scenery was an EU located at the State of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. Qualitative investigation of phenomenological approach with a comprehensive analysis method of Martin Heidegger.


An analysis revealed that women´s care of themselves concerns not only the health care itself, but also manifesting the intrinsic dimensions as leisure, rest and family relationships.


We conclude that care actions were viewed, but not always the professional put these into practice, due of their daily occupations as wife, mother and nursing professional of an EU, just miss time to herself, so taking care of herself is in the background and it is sometimes even forgotten.

Keywords : Nursing; Women's Health; Women´s Work.

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