Redistribuição de salário ou reconhecimento profissional? A difícil construção de uma profissão, a enfermagem peruana

Translated title of the contribution: Redistribution of salary or professional recognition? The difficult construction of a profession, the peruvian nursing

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Abstract

The study presents the current profile of Peruvian nursing, its professional construction and its dilemmas, emphasizing its socio-cultural features. To this end, an extensive literature was reviewed, interviewing nurses in key positions and analyzing secondary source data. This study keeps its distance from other studies on health care professions as a workforce, to analyze the low social legitimacy of the nursing profession despite being the great operator of health care services in Peru. This resulting psychological overload, additionally to the work overload is reflected in job dissatisfaction, stress, burnout, intention of changing careers, and a strong desire to migrate. As a result, Peruvian nursing has opted for three alternatives: a) resilience, which means to adapt to this unfavorable situation; b) abandoning the profession, or leaving the country; and c) reaction, which gathers all manifestations of the profession against abandonment, informality, and mediocrity. In conclusion, the biggest challenge of professions given low social value is the recognition and not only the salary redistribution. This significant challenge for Peruvian nursing does not mainly relate to legal professionalization, but professionalism, which must result in greater legitimacy and autonomy.

Translated title of the contributionRedistribution of salary or professional recognition? The difficult construction of a profession, the peruvian nursing
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalCiencia e Saude Coletiva
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health Services Administration
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Professional Autonomy

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