Name: Priscilla Leite Nunes Schmidt
Type: MSc dissertation
Publication date: 01/07/2016

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Maria Cristina Ramos Advisor *

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Sheilla Diniz Silveira Bicudo Internal Alternate *
Maria Cristina Ramos Advisor *
Luzimar dos Santos Luciano Co advisor *
Leila Massaroni Internal Examiner *

Summary: This dissertation research was conducted with Nurses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the University Hospital Cassiano Antonio Moraes (HUCAM). The purpose was to analyze the work from the activity point of view, analyzing whatempowered and what underpowered the work. This is a descriptive case study with a qualitative approach, in which the Clinic of Activity was used as theoretical andmethodological framework, as a proposal to promote a professional dialogue to allow that the overcoming of deadlocks could be made by the workers themselves. To carry the analysis of the work out, a photo workshop was done with the Nurses to take the health worker to the analyst place. The photographs produced and chosen by the associated group consisting of six Nurses promoted debates that led the workers to reflect on the work processes develop by them. The activities analyzed in this research that operated as empowering of the nurse's work in NICU were: the insertion of a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter; carrying out the Nursing logbook annotations; and the organization of a bed. The activities analyzed that were considered underpowering in this work were: the checking of a prescription; the disinfection of equipment and materials; and the monthly schedule of the Nursing team. This research highlights these professional’s modes of work, revealing the sufferings and joys of their daily work. It also provides the expansion of the power toact for each with the development of strategies to face challenging work situations, which shows the product of this study. Besides that, the product is also a proposal for the Nursing coordination of NICU to organize regular team meetings.

Keywords: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Nursing. Nurse. Work. Worker's health.

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