Being a mother and a nurse: issues about gender and overlapping social roles


  • Bruna Caroline Rodrigues Universidade Estadual de Maringá
  • Muriel Fernanda de Lima Universidade Estadual de Maringá
  • Bruno Maschio Neto Universidade Estadual de Maringá
  • Graziela Lopes de Oliveira Universidade Estadual de Maringá
  • Aurea Christina de Paula Corrêa Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso
  • Ieda Harumi Higarashi Universidade Estadual de Maringá



Gender Identity, Nursing, Mother-Child Relations, Women’s Health.


Objective: to describe the experiences of nursing mothers in the reconciliation of their social roles. Methods: this is a qualitative study with 10 nursing mothers. Participants were selected using the snowball method, and through semi-structured interviews. The data were analyzed by the content analysis. Results: the data found led to the configuration of three categories: Learning to be a mother, Reconciling the different social roles: being a mother, wife and professional, and The father as an active participant in raising children. Conclusion:although maternity is considered an important milestone in the life of the subjects, they highlighted the resumption of professional life as a condition for the achievement of self-esteem and better social interaction, even with the emergence of difficulties such as return to work, absence in their families and the configuration of a support network.




How to Cite

Rodrigues, B. C., Lima, M. F. de, Maschio Neto, B., Oliveira, G. L. de, Corrêa, A. C. de P., & Higarashi, I. H. (2017). Being a mother and a nurse: issues about gender and overlapping social roles. Rev Rene, 18(1), 91–98.



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