The meaning of work: perspectives of nursing professionals who work in clinical units

Keywords: Nursing; Work; Occupational Health.

Abstract

Objective: to understand the meaning of work, from the perspective of nursing professionals. Methods: qualitative research, conducted in a clinical inpatient unit of a university hospital. The study included 20 nursing professionals contacted through semi-structured interviews. The data were analyzed through the thematic content analysis technique, emerging the categories: perspectives and meanings attributed to the world of work by nursing professionals and situations that cause pleasure and suffering and their influences in the health-disease process of workers. Results: one identified positive and negative aspects inherent to the nursing work in the hospital environment and highlighted the illness that comes with the  working process. Conclusion: the experiences of pleasure and pain are inherent to the context of nursing professionals who work in hospital environments and contribute to a search for better conditions of work place and quality of life for these professionals.

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Published
2018-12-26
Section
Research Article