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Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica

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CEBALLOS-VASQUEZ, Paula et al. The management of care: a social and legal function of Chilean nursing. Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica [online]. 2015, n.29, pp.108-118. ISSN 1409-4568.


The objective of this article is to reflect on the implication of the concept of management of nursing, making Latin-American countries that have incorporated the management of care aware of its norms and the Chilean experience and the legal aspects that regulate the management of care are specifically presented.


To achieve this objective, a bibliographic revision of diverse mainstream magazines, texts and laws related to administration and management of care was carried out.

Initially, the concept of management is analyzed with the purpose of comprehending why the nursing integrates it in its field of performance. To visualize later how some of the countries of Latin America have incorporated it in their legal frameworks of management of care of nursing, and subsequently the experience of the Chilean nursing with regard to the management of care is analyzed extensively.


As final considerations it is indicated that the management of care is part of the social function of the nurses, for the daily work they are to perform incorporating the management, it would provide managing competencies and would permit the autonomous caretaking to these professionals.

Keywords : Management; care; legislation-of-nursing.

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