This study aimed to analyze the managerial practice of nurses in the Family Health Strategy. It is a descriptive and exploratory study with a qualitative approach guided by the social phenomenology of Alfred Schütz. A semi-structured interview was conducted to collect data. Study subjects were 11 nurses of family health teams in the city of Conselheiro Lafaiete, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in the period ranging from August to November, 2009. The data collected were subjected to content analysis, respecting the ethical principles of research involving human subjects. The results revealed these categories: “The view on work” and “Intervening factors at work.” In the discourse, people management stands out as an important tool that permeates relations among the health team. Regarding hindering factors, professionals have raised issues related to dissatisfaction, experienced in the context of the lack of recognition of the work they do in providing care and management. The strengthening of nursing management action is essential in building a broad, autonomous practice in the context of primary health care.
work; nursing; management; Family Health Strategy