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SILVA, Camila Pureza Guimarães da et al. From in-service education to continuing education in a federal hospital. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.4, e20190380.  Epub July 03, 2020. ISSN 2177-9465.


To analyze the implications of in-service education for the exercise of disciplinary power of nurses in the creation of the continuing education service of the Hospital Geral de Bonsucesso (HGB).


Social-historical study, whose sources were written documents and oral statements; Foucauldian discourse analysis was used.


In-service education activities in the HGB went through two periods of discontinuity and were used as an instrument of disciplinary power exercised by hospital nurses, capable of controlling and organizing the institution’s nursing service, providing basis for the creation of the Continuing Education service.

Conclusion and implications for practice

The creation of Continuing Education functioned as a device used by nurses with knowledge and power to execute disciplinary power, capable of subtly disciplining and training employees, avoiding attitudes contrary to the objectives of the nursing service, in an attempt to ensure its control and qualification. When reflecting on educational practices / continuing education it is stimulated the transformation of care based on the needs of Unified Health System (UHS) users, thus contributing to the quality of health services.

Keywords : Nursing History; Continuing Education in Nursing; Nursing Education; Nursing; Unified Health System.

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