the aim of the research was to describe the educational and professional history of olga verderese and highlight her remarkable contributions to the scientific field of the profession. it was based on bourdieu's concepts of habitus and scientific field. the sociohistorical study used sources such as interviews with olga verderese, a thesis and a dissertation on the topic and documents such as articles, books and recommendations by the brazilian nursing association (aben). it considers that the biographee had a recognized social capital when she took up nursing. olga verderese worked at the nursing schools of bahia and porto alegre and remained for a long time at the pan-american health organization, with outstanding work in latin america. in addition, in the 1950s she took part in the research called survey of resources and needs of nursing in brazil.