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Nursing requires a qualitative change in the professional practice. Thereby, we suggest going from professionalization to professionalism in nursing as a means to reach professional excellence and health care quality. The dissertation goes further through a dialectic line of arguments and on the basis of qualitative perspective that triggers reflection in the authors with the aim of introducing nurses to the need of passing through the habit of professionalism as a way of achieving professional excellence and personal satisfaction in health care practices. The argument resembles care as the subject of nursing studies and nursing as a profession and discipline from a historical perspective that integrates the concept of professionalization in nursing. Similarly, it presents the concept of professionalism analyzed from the philosophical anthropology materialized in the ethics of care and disabled or ill persons in nursing practices with a view to showcase it as the ideal for each professional and as an operational habit derived from the integration of theory (knowledge) and practice (“savoir faire” and “moral knowledge”) in the practice of profession. The research proposes to teach how to use reflexivity through a model for applying the universal principle of bonus integra causa or good at all stages to learn how to make decisions with autonomy in nursing care actions.
Palavras-chave : nursing; job satisfaction; anthropology; ethical theory; virtues.