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Sílvia Caldeira is Associate Professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), Lisbon, a position she held since 2013. She is an integrated researcher of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Health and coordinator of the Ph.D. in Nursing in UCP, in Lisbon. Her clinical background is in adult intensive care from 2000 to 2006, and in pediatrics and neonatal intensive care from 2006 to 2008. Master’s degree in Bioethics (2008) and Ph.D. in nursing in 2013. She was a postdoc fellow at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, in 2015.She is an elected member of the Diagnosis Development Committee of NANDA-I, since 2014, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Nursing Knowledge, since September 2019. As coordinator of the NANDA-I Portugal Network Group and Ph.D. supervisor, she leads research concerning nursing diagnoses validation in different population and based on different methods, such as, development of complex interventions, Q methodology, longitudinal research, methodological research, mixed methods, surveys, qualitative, RCT and evidence synthesis (scoping review, systematic review, qualitative synthesis). In fact, studying nursing diagnoses and different strategies to improve NANDA-I classification is one of the main goals of this group, which is research driven and outputs include several chapters, books, papers and communications, particularly about spiritual distress, resilience, spiritual coping, hope, spiritual comfort, spiritual care, and forgiveness. Serving as research director on NANDA-I would be an honorable opportunity to keep contributing to the development of the taxonomy, seeking for the best evidence and strategies to update the diagnoses aiming the effective transfer to informatic systems and clinical practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Validation of the nursing diagnosis spiritual distress , Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Award Date: 4 Jun 2013

Master, Spirituality in Care : an ethical imperative , University of Lisbon

Award Date: 15 Jan 2008


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