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Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica

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HIDALGO-MARES, Brenda  and  ALTAMIRA-CAMACHO, Ramiro. ¿Qué es y qué no es el cuidado de enfermería?. Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica [online]. 2021, n.40, 40788. ISSN 1409-4568.


To establish the nursing situation analysis within the question of what is and what is not nursing care?


This question is posed from Leonardo Boff's philosophical and paradigmatic view of the ways of being in the world and the socio-cultural context of Florence, with which it is intended to give meaning and interpretation from an epistemological and ontological position, that is, from nursing phenomenology. In the social environment of Nightingale, routine and methodological practice was carried out, with scientific bases, within a biological paradigm, in which the human being was seen in parts. On the other hand, within the ways of being proposed by Boff, care is given at the right time, through the accompaniment of the other. Now, with globalization, we can observe diverse forms of care, where the solution to problems, more than finding out the cause, gave rise to the use and abuse of technology, reducing nursing care, which was given from the depths of the nurse's being. This abuse of technology has generated precarious employment, cultural, legislative and economic difficulties, which annihilates the human sense of existence and produces a subjugation of the human essence, a what-to do instead of a being-nurse.


Without care, the human being would become inhuman. This leads to the challenge of reconciling the two modes of being: work and care, from materiality being the dominant mode of being, seeking to balance it with spirituality, that is, with the mode of being.

Keywords : Nursing care; nursing; history of nursing.

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