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Revista de Enfermagem Referência

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FERNANDES, Isabel Maria Ribeiro. Nurses fear’s when they have a personal illness. Rev. Enf. Ref. [online]. 2011, vol.serIII, n.3, pp.57-65. ISSN 0874-0283.

The experience of illness appears to be a unique event in the life of every individual, being directly related to personal characteristics and the context in which it develops, affecting future life and determining what the human being is and in which they can become. The aim of this paper is to identify the most common fears experienced by nurses in the process of experiencing personal illness. This research fits into the paradigm of qualitative research, being descriptive and phenomenological. The informants of the study were 15 nurses who had experienced a particular disease situation in the period since 2003 and had already resumed their professional work for at least a year. In-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed following the method of Giorgi. Nurses, like any other human being in such circumstances, experience feelings of fear on several levels, revealing some peculiarities associated with their profession. We highlight the fear of evaluation by peers and of the unknown, associated with the power of knowledge and the expectations created.

Palabras clave : fears; experience of disease; nurses; phenomenology.

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