Problem: The assistance to the provided by neonatal intensive care units (NICU) is a complex task involving the child, the family and the entire interdisciplinary healthcare team, especially nurses, who, in addition to their duties and daily tasks, welcome nursing graduate students and future nurses and induct them with regard to the expectations and limitations associated with performing the procedures required as part of the care process. Aims: To understand the perceptions of nurses with regard to the nursing students in terms of the high complexity care provided to newborns; to describe the experiences of nurses with graduate students in terms of the care provided to newborns at high risk. Method: This is a descriptive and phenomenological study using a qualitative approach that includes phenomenological interviews mediated by a guiding question. Interviews will be carried out with nurses at the NICU of a public institution. Discourses manifested in the statements will be evaluated in the light of the Merleau-Ponty existential phenomenological approach.
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