Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

FEBRERO 2010 N° 1 Volumen 13

Evolution of nursing thinking through the writings of Pilar Arcas

Section: History and Fundamentals of Nursing

How to quote

González Carrión P, Toral López I, Vázquez Teja T. La evolución del pensamiento enfermero a través de los escritos de Pilar Arcas. Metas de Enferm feb 2010; 13(1): 70-74


1Pilar González Carrión, 2Isabel Toral López, 3Teresa Vázquez Teja


1Directora de Enfermería. Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada.2Subdirectora de Enfermería. Hospital Unive

Contact address

Pilar González Carrión. Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves. Avda. de las Fuerzas Armadas, 2. 18014 Granada.

Contact email: mariap.gonzalez.sspa@juntadeandalucia.es


This article aims to perform a critical review of the thinking of a Spanish nurse, Pilar Arcas Ruiz (Granada, 1951-1998), who, in the last two decades of the 20th century developed a comprehensive work that is deemed to be of great interest due to its contributions to the development of the current nursing profession. By means of the review of several documents we have been able to find extremely important contributions to the professional development of nurses, such as her reflections on the meaning of providing care and the specific contribution of nurses to health, the need to carry out research on care, the use of methodology in the care delivery process and higher training.  
Likewise, this article aims to be a tribute and recognition of her trajectory, in addition to being a written record for new generations of nurses.


nursing fundamentals; nursing methodology; professional development; research; teaching

Versión en Español


La evolución del pensamiento enfermero a través de los escritos de Pilar Arcas