Type of Degree
The Master’s Degree in Child Health Nursing and Pediatrics of the Nursing School of Coimbra is currently regulated by Order No. 10590/2014 of 14th August. This Degree seeks to pursue the essential objectives of higher education policies by providing students with competencies for lifelong learning and the acquisition of knowledge and skills for a quality professional development and performance, particularly the competencies defined for the specialist nurse in infant health and pediatrics nursing by the Ordem dos Enfermeiros and set out in Regulation No.123/2011, Regulation of the Specific Competencies of the Specialist Nurse in Infant Health and Pediatrics Nursing.
The study plan takes into account the social, cultural and educational context, the educational and health policies targeted at child and family care, the demographic and epidemiological trends within the same scope and the current notions regarding the provision of specialized care to children, from birth to late adolescence, and their families. Its design is intended to comply with Decree-Law No. 115/2013 on the processes concerning new cycles of studies.
The curricular organization seeks to meet the principles underlying the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In addition to technical and scientific knowledge, this programme also aims that students develop relational skills, which are essential for the provision of nursing care.
The Master’s Degree in Child Health Nursing and Pediatrics in its educational component, in addition to targeting professional development and performance, seeks to attain the key objectives of higher education policies, by providing competencies for lifelong learning, knowledge and ability to solve problems in new and/or complex situations, in varied and multidisciplinary settings; to develop solutions and make judgements, including reflections on ethical and social implications; and to trasmit clear and unambiguous conclusions.
General objectives of the study cycle:
The general objective is to train students for the provision of specializing nursing care in the area of child health and pediatrics. According to the framework of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, the National Framework of Qualifications and the Ordem dos Enfermeiros (OE), at the end of their degree, graduates should:
-Possess solid knowledge and know how to apply them in research and in understanding and solving problems in new situations in varied contexts in the area of child health and pediatrics;
-Be able to integrate knowledge, deal with complex issues, develop solutions and make judgments in situations of limited information, including reflections on implications and ethical and social responsibilities that result from or condition these solutions and judgments;
-Be able to transmit the conclusions and the reasoning underlying their decisions in a clear and unambiguous way;
-To have developed the skills necessary for lifelong learning, in a self-directed and autonomous way.
-To identify the child and family responses to life and health/disease processes;
-To plan, implement and evaluate specialized nursing care to the child and family;
-To design, organize, plan, implement and assess specialized care programs;
-To conduct evidence-based practice and carry out research;
-To take responsibility for the training of nurses and other health professionals;
-To participate in nursing care management;
-To participate in policy, planning and management of care and health resources;
-To provide technical and scientific advice in this area.
2.PROFILE OF COMPETENCIES TO BE DEVELOPED
The common competencies to be developed are those included in Regulation No. 122/2011, of 18 February 2011 – Regulation of the Common Competencies of the Specialist Nurse, namely::
A.Competencies in the field of professional, ethical and legal responsibility
-To develop a professional and ethical practice in their field of intervention.
-To promote care practices which respect the human rights and professional responsibilities.
B.Competencies in the field of continuous quality improvement
-To have a dynamic role in the development and support of institutional initiatives and strategies in the area of clinical governance.
-To design, manage and collaborate in programs of continuous quality improvement.
-To create and maintain a therapeutic and safe environment.
C. Competencies in the field of healthcare management
-To manage care, optimizing the response of the nursing team and the collaborators and the collaboration within the multiprofessional team.
-To adapt and lead the management of resources to situations and contexts, aiming at the highest quality in health care.
D.Competences in the field of professional learning
-To develop self-knowledge and assertiveness.
-To base its specialized clinical practice on solid, valid and current patterns of knowledge.
The specific competencies to be developed are set out in Article 4 of Regulation No. 123/2011 – Regulation of the Specific Competencies of the Spcialist Nurse in Child Health Nursing and Pediatrics, namely:
A.To assist the child/young person and family in maximizing their health;
-To implement and manage, in partnership, a health plan that promotes parenthood, the ability to manage the regime and the social reintegration of the child/young person.
-To early diagnose and intervene in common diseases and in risk situations that might adversely affect the life or quality of life of the child/young person.
B.To care for the child/young person in situations of particular complexity
-To recognize situations of instability of vital functions and risk of death and provide appropriate nursing care.
-To make a differentiated management of the pain and well-being of the child/ young person, optimizing the responses.
-To respond to the needs of children with rare diseases and their families, with the provision of appropriate nursing care.
-To provide care that increases the health gains of children/young people, by using a variety of common and complementary evidence-based nursing therapies.
-To foster the adaptation of the child/young person and family to the chronic disease, oncological disease and disability.
C.To provide specific care in response to the needs of the life cycle and development of the child/young person.
-To promote the child’s growth and development.
-To promote systematic attachment, in particular with ill newborns or children with special needs.
-To communicate with the child and family in a way that is adapted to the stage of development and culture
-To promote the adolescent’s self-esteem and self-determination concerning health choices.