SPU Child Health and Adolescent Nursing


The Scientific-Pedagogical Unit of Child Health and Adolescent Nursing (UCP-ESCA) covers a specific clinical nursing domain and aims to fulfill the mission and objectives of the ESEnfC. In coordination with the School’s presidency and the Technical Scientific Board, in the area of knowledge concerning children, young people, and their families, the UCP-ESCA is responsible for operational, scientific, pedagogical, and research coordination, as well as for ensuring the continuity and quality of the faculty members’ intervention in teaching, research, technical and curricular development, scientific creation and dissemination, and community service.

The UCP-ESCA faculty members are committed to training socially recognized professionals with human-centered, scientific, technical, and cultural principles.

The UCP faculty members understand Child Health and Adolescent Nursing as a professional practice conducted in partnership with the child and family/significant person in any setting (hospital, continuous care, health care centers, school, community, home...). It aims to promote the highest possible health status, deliver care to healthy or ill children, provide health education, and identify and mobilize support resources for the family/significant person.

The UCP-ESCA faculty teach, research, and provide services to the community, focusing on children and young people’s responses to health and illness phenomena and transition processes. They base their performance on a conceptual model centered on the child and the family, seen as the beneficiaries of care. The UCP-ESCA intervention area includes the period from birth to 18 years of age. It may go beyond 18 years of age in particular situations, such as chronic illness, impairment, and disability, or until the appropriate transition to adulthood is successfully achieved.

In the process of teaching, researching, and providing services to the community, the UCP-ESCA areas of interest are: the assessment and promotion of child and youth growth and development, with early guidance to families to maximize child and youth development potential; the management of child and youth well-being; the early detection and referral of situations that may negatively affect life or quality of life, particularly regarding risky behaviors, suicide, violence, and pregnancy; and the promotion of child and youth’s self-esteem and their progressive responsibility for health-related choices.


To teach quality nursing professionals capable of responding to complex situations with knowledge and skills, anticipate and act in emergencies, and deliver care safely, competently and to the satisfaction of children, young people, and their families, the UCP-ESCA faculty are responsible for:

  • Scientific and Pedagogical Management of the SPU, programs, and curricular units
  • Teaching in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs and continuous education programs for nurses, teachers, and other professionals
  • Research on:

 - Health and disease phenomena in children and their families;

 - Nursing interventions for children and youth in situations of health and illness and their families;

 - Trainees’ teaching and learning processes

  • Community service provision