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Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2005 Jun;39(2):145-53.

[Study of the structure of the professional autonomy in nursing's social representation].

[Article in Portuguese]

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  • 1Faculdade de Enfermagem da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).


This study analyzed the social representation of the structure of the professional autonomy in nursing built up by nurses in the city of PetrĂ³polis. The referential adopted was the Theory of Social Representations, in accordance to the structural approach. Data collection was carried out using the technique of free evocation from the term "profes-sional autonomy" among 83 nurses, of which 42 worked at the basic services and 41 in hospitals. Data was analyzed through the construction of the four-digit chart. The results indicate as possible central elements the terms "knowledge", "achievement" and "responsibility", and as peripheral elements "limited", "little" and "utopia".

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