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Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

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PEREIRA, Michelle de Macedo et al. Discourses on the nursing and psychiatric nurse models, published in the Annals of Nursing (1933-1951). Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.2, pp.47-52. ISSN 1983-1447.

Social-historical study aimed at discussing the nursing and psychiatric nurse models, from the discourses published in the Annals of Nursing. The historical sources were articles published in the Annals of Nursing journal, from 1933 to 1951. An analysis of the discourse was subsidized by the genealogy of power by Michel Foucault. The analysis showed that the discourse on nursing and the psychiatric nurse, in the first half of the 20th century, is set, on one side, by the propositions used by psychiatrists, who sought to reiterate stereotypes and vocations to practice nursing, and, on the other side, by the active participation of nurses seeking to legitimize expertise for psychiatric nursing. It was concluded that the discourses analyzed defined a psychiatric care focused on the nurse and not the rest of the nursing staff, at that time.

Keywords : Nursing; History of Nursing; Psychiatric nurse.

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