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COSTA, Laís de Miranda Crispim et al. Project HOPE contribution to the setting up of the professional identity of the first nurses from Alagoas, 1973-1977. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2014, vol.67, n.4, pp.535-542. ISSN 0034-7167.

Social-historical study conducted to examine the contribution of the American Nurses of Project HOPE to the configuration of the professional identity of the first trained nurses in Alagoas, in the period of 1973-1977. The theoretical framework was the "Civilizing Process" of Norbert Elias. Primary sources were official documents and personal files of 13 respondents by oral history; the secondary sources were authors of the History of Brazil/Alagoas. Data analysis showed that the configuration of the professional identity of the first trained nurses in Alagoas was a civilizing process, with all the nuances that make up the power relations. There was a significant contribution of American Nursing. However the movement of resistance to this domination was very strong, resulting in a Course that could take advantage of technological advancement and prestige brought by the United States, to build a unique Nursing from the social fabric embroidery at this meeting with so many different cultures.

Keywords : History of Nursing; Professional Identity; Faculty of Nursing.

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