Postgraduate Specialization Degree in Child Health and Paediatric Nursing

Type of Degree


The purpose of the Postgraduate Specialization Degree in Child Health Nursing and Pediatrics of the Nursing School of Coimbra, whose study plan is published in Order no. 234/2016, of 30 August, is to train nurses for the specialized practice of nursing in the area of child and adolescent health.

The programme follows the matrix proposed by the Ordem dos Enfermeiros with regard to the topics that should be addressed in every postgraduate specialization degree, internships, minimum duration of the internship period, minimum duration of the postgraduate specialization degrees, and professional title required for the teachers responsible for the internships and the coordinators of the postgraduate specialization degrees.

The holders of an undergraduate degree in Nursing or legal equivalent with at least two years in the profession can apply to this programme. They will receive a diploma or certificate of specialization in Child Health and Pediatric Nursing with a view to receiving the title of specialist nurse from the Ordem dos Enfermeiros.

2.Curricular Objectives:

a)To develop the nurse’s understanding and responsibility concerning the process of provision of specialized child health and pediatric nursing care;                              
b)To promote the development of individual skills in situations of provision of pediatric nursing care, as well as in the ethical-moral decisions, in interpersonal relationships, in the integration into groups and in the relationships between groups;
c)To promote the understanding and valorization of the cultural diversity and the subjective dimensions of health and disease experiences in the child and family;
d)To train advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills to contribute to an autonomous clinical judgment and decision-making based on the International Classification for the Nursing Practice;
e)To provide students with a body of theoretical and practical knowledge based on the nursing, biomedical and social-behavioral sciences.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the programme, students should be able:
a)To identify the child and family responses to life and health/disease processes;
b)To plan, implement and assess specialized child health and pediatric nursing care to the child and family;
c)To design, organize, plan, implement and assess specialized child health and pediatric nursing care programs;
d)To develop evidence-based practices and carry out research in the areas of intervention of child health and pediatric nursing;
e)To take responsibility for the training of nurses and other health professionals of healthcare units;
f)To ensure and/or participate in the management of general and specialized nursing care;
g)To participate in policy-making, planning and management of care and health resources;
h)To provide technical and scientific advice in the area of Child Health and Pediatric Nursing.

The general 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
B.Competencies in the field of continuous quality improvement
C.Competencies in the field of healthcare management
D.Competences in the field of professional learning

The specific competencies to be developed are set out in Article 4 of Regulation No. 123/2011 – Regulation of the Specific Competencies of the Specialist Nurse in Child Health Nursing and Pediatrics, namely:
A.To assist the child/young person and family in maximizing their health;
a.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.
b.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
a.To recognize situations of instability of vital functions and risk of death and provide appropriate nursing care.
b.To make a differentiated management of the pain and well-being of the child/ young person, optimizing the responses.
c.To respond to the needs of children with rare diseases and their families, with the provision of appropriate nursing care.
d.To provide care that increases the health gains of children/young people, by using a variety of common and complementary evidence-based nursing therapies.
e.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.
a.To promote the child’s growth and development.
b.To promote systematic attachment, in particular with ill newborns or children with special needs.
c.To communicate with the child and family in a way that is adapted to the stage of development and culture
d.To promote the adolescent’s self-esteem and self-determination concerning health choices.

The competencies developed by the students are expected to include not only technical and scientific knowledge, but also those related to the relational domain, which is essential in nursing care delivery.

The postgraduate specialization degree has 90 ECTS and is organized into three semesters. It is a student-centered curriculum that aims to find a balance between scientific and technological preparation and relational preparation. It is guided towards an immediate and long-term functionality and benefits from the potential of the surrounding community. We expect to have a transdisciplinary model that is manly based on central themes. However, more formal units are also included, which should work as real corpus of knowledge that contribute to the development of these central themes.
The curricular units should help the student acquire the competencies required by specialist nurses.
The teachers who are responsible for the curricular units have a Ph.D or are coordinating teachers who applied to the category through a competition with public exams or curricular evaluation.

The following table includes the scientific areas and credits which are necessary to obtain the diploma:






Education Sciences




Management and Administration














The programme is developed by the Scientific-Pedagogical Unit of Child and Adolescent Health Nursing and most of the teachers belong to this Unit. Some curricular units which are common to other degrees will be given by ESEnfC teachers with the collaboration of specialists in specific contents.

Course Units Scientific Area Type Total hours T Hours TP Hours LP Hours S Hours CP/TG Hours TG Hours ECTS

T - Theoretical Classes; TP - Theoretical-Practical Classes; PL - Practical and Laboratorial Classes;
S - Seminar; CP/FW - Clinical Practice/Fieldwork; TG - Tutorial Guidance

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1st Semester
Dulce Maria Pereira Garcia Galvão
Ananda Maria Fernandes

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester