The Klara Castanho case rekindled a series of issues involving the role of Nursing.
Our profession, which has already demonstrated its strength and importance during the pandemic, is committed to the collective and to people’s health and quality of life.
One of our commitments – foreseen in the Code of Professional Ethics in Nursing – is to keep secret any confidential fact that you are aware of as a result of your professional activity.
Likewise, it is forbidden to grant access to information and documents to people who are not directly involved in the provision of patient care.
In other words: if there was a very serious professional failure to leak information, in the case of actress Klara Castanho, this needs to be investigated and punished by Organs competent bodies, in this case, Coren-SP and Cofen.
And it certainly does not represent the majority of nurses and technicians, dedicated and committed to good nursing.
But it is important to note that this whole situation – following another serious fact involving an 11-year-old girl, a rape victim, in Santa Catarina – shows a much more serious background in relation to gender violence, which needs to be debated.
Women are victims of violence in different ways. Not only sexual aggression, which is brutal, violates the body and harms the mental health of women – but violence in instances that should protect it in the Justice and Health services.
Brazilian legislation to protect women in cases of violence exists to be complied with. We need to discuss effective public policies that guarantee the access and enjoyment of these rights by women, in a full way, thus avoiding the escalation of the cycle of violence in society.
Nursing is a mostly female category and we need to unite to defend life. But life in all its senses, from the guarantee of the most elementary rights to the struggle for a more dignified life for all.
If we want to discuss the issue of preserving life, we need to urgently discuss access to health, education and employment, ways to improve income distribution and combat food insecurity.
It is not possible to trivialize this debate or simply look at these situations under a single prism, usually simplistic and prejudiced.
Women are victims of a sick society, along with other violated segments – such as indigenous peoples, black people, LGBTQIA+ population.
The inversion of values that we are seeing happening and the process of public lynching to which these segments are being subjected is revolting. It is necessary to put a stop to this.
*Cláudia Franco is president of the Rio Grande do Sul Nurses Union
**This is an opinion article. The author’s view does not necessarily express the newspaper’s editorial line Brazil de facto.
Source: BdF Paraná
Editing: Pedro Carrano