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Author(s): Fernanda Cardinal | Luana Cláudia dos Passos Aires | Marisa Monticell | Diogo de Souza C orreia | Luciana Mendes | Márcia Guimarães Alcântara

Journal: Revista de Enfermagem da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
ISSN 2179-7692

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Obstetrical nursing | Patient escort service | Multiple - patient rooms | Social support | Patient care team.

This is an explorative, descriptive and qualitative research carried out at the Maternity Ward of the Academic Medical Center of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, from August to November of 2010 with the aim of observing the engagement and the role of the ward assistants at such a facility. 32 individuals have participated in it. From the analysis of the data found by observing the participants, six categories have been constituted: a) The role of the ward assistants by the time of pregnantwoman is admitted and discharged; b) Receive and provide information: the communicational complexity at the facility; c) The difficult and consternated role of such a coadjutant at taking care of the newborn; d) The essential assistance at taking care of the puerpera; e) The solidarity towards other families; and f) Between the watch and sleep time. The conclusion is that the engagement of the ward assistants remains barely sufficient despite the practical and emotional support they provide to the puerperas.
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