Investigación y Educación en Enfermería
Print version ISSN 0120-5307
BARROS, Lena María; MAGALHAES DA SILVA, Raimunda and FERREIRA MOURA, Escolástica Rejane. Nurses autonomy in the delevery of normal births in Brazil. Invest. educ. enferm [online]. 2007, vol.25, n.2, pp. 44-51. ISSN 0120-5307.
Objective: To identify factors which interfere on nurses autonomy in normal delivery assistance. Methodology: Qualitative and exploratory study, carried through with 9 nurses of 4 obstetric center of public maternities in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil, from April to May of 2002, through recorded interview. Results: Nurses autonomy in normal delivery assistance is influenced by physicians power and nurses submission, by the lack of acquaintance to legal support which assures to the nurse to perform this care taking matter, by the weak technical- scientific knowledge to deal with deliveries and by daily work activism, which motivate a recall of dependence and professional lack of confidence. Conclusion: It is necessary that this category has itself mobilized and gather efforts to raise its autonomy basis, primarily supported by competence and determination of roles.
Keywords : professional autonomy; obstetric nursing; physician-nurse relationship; nurses role.