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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

Print version ISSN 0080-6234On-line version ISSN 1980-220X

Rev. esc. enferm. USP vol.39 no.3 São Paulo Sept. 2005 



Care with life



When reflecting upon the theme I would write about in this Editorial, two apparently disconnected readings - Qual o tempo do cuidado? Humanizando os cuidados de Enfermagem(1) (How much time for care? Humanizing Nursing care) and Ser pesquisador, ser editor, ser autor(2) (Being a researcher, being an editor, being an author) - led me to think about our daily life as professors and as researchers in Nursing. I thought about how we hurry in order get our research projects finished in time for meeting the deadlines established by the financing agencies, we hurry to have our students finish their theses and dissertations within the set time limit, we hurry to produce the adequate amount of articles with appropriate quality for publication in periodicals with international circulation. I could go on listing a series of other activities that have in the pace of time their main manager. I also wondered what leads us to live our academic time within this particular logic of time-living. Are we reacting to institutional or personal demands of competitiveness and productivity? Or is it that the race against the clock has been incorporated into our lifestyle in such a way that we have lost the ability to realize that, little by little, we forgot how it is to live that kind of time which, spontaneously, in our everyday relations, got us closer to others, humanized us, by making sense of our actions, be them to teach, to do research, to care, or simply to live?

The care we must have with life requires from us a reflection on how we have been dealing with the time we have and on the priorities that we have been setting among the various things we need and want to do. We must learn how to combine both manners of living time - the time measured by the clock beat and the time measured by the heartbeat - so that, without neglecting our academic obligations, we are able to care a bit more for ourselves and for our relations with those who surround us. This way we will be humanizing our relations and being humanized by them.


Maria Gaby Rivero de Gutiérrez
Prof.ª Adjunto do Departamento de Enfermagem da UNIFESP




(1) Silva MJP (organizador) Qual o tempo do cuidado? Humanizando os cuidados de enfermagem. São Paulo: Centro Universitário São Camilo, Loyola; 2004.        [ Links ]

(2) Piotr T. Ser pesquisador, ser editor, ser autor. [Editorial]. Rev Esc Enferm USP 2005;39(1):7.        [ Links ]

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