Desenvolvimento de competências especializadas e humanas no cuidar da pessoa em situação crítica

Translated title of the thesis: Development of specialized and human skills at caring a critically ill person
  • Maria de Lurdes Portela Borges (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This report is part of a Master's Degree in Nursing with Specialization in Medical-Surgical Nursing in the area of Nursing for Critically ill Patients, taught at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa Porto. The main objective is to report the path taken to obtain the academic competencies as a master and specialist nurse. The interest on embarking this area, was gained for the need to develop capacities beyond generalist nursing care, in order to direct the focus of intervention to a specialized area of action. A critical-reflective analysis was carried out on the development of skills as a specialist nurse, based on the theoretical foundation and current evidence. Structurally, we started by justifying the choice of this area of study taking into account the previous experience. Followed by the description of the route taken, through the presentation of the previously outlined objectives, the activities developed and the skills acquired in the internship contexts. The report covered two placement periods, that took place at an intensive care unit, part of the curricular unit “Estágio Final e Relatório”. The first context was carried out in a general intensive care unit at a North region hospital and the second context took place at an intensive care unit of an oncology institution. The main focus of this placements was the development of skills at caring a critical ill person. Evidence-based practice was one of the tools that was always present along this path, so there was a need to carry out an integrative literature review in a specific area of knowledge “Non-invasive ventilation in hematologic malignant patients”. This review, in addition to enhancing the development of skills as a master, allowed the improvement of knowledge and best practices with regard to the use of ventilatory modalities in patients with hematologic malignancies. Completed this course, it can be considered that skills inherent to the common and specific domains of a specialist nurse were developed, and that this allowed not only individual but also professional growth. Thus, I consider myself a nurse with the ability to provide specialized care, based on a critical and humanized view at providing care to critically ill patients.
Date of Award30 May 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAmélia Ferreira (Supervisor)


  • Critically ill person
  • Skills
  • Humanization
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Hematologic malignancies


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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