Fenómeno de investigação
: fundamentos do dever de informar do enfermeiro

  • Ana Sofia Castro Correia (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This report arises in the scope of the master’s degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing in the field of nursing for people in critical situations. It aims to describe and analyze the path taken, using reflective methodology, in order to demonstrate the skills acquired and justify obtaining both the title of Master of Nursing Science, as well as a specialist nurse in the mentioned field. For the development of the master’s degree skills, under the terms of article 15 of the legal system of degrees and diplomas in higher education, I carried out a scoping review entitled “Foundations of Duty to Inform: Nursing Practice”. This review subsequently grounded numerous activities with a view to developing the skills of the medical-surgical nurse. The information is due to the person not only to promote respect for autonomy, but also, as one of the requirements of beneficence. In Portugal, the duty of information is nested in article 105 of Professional Deontology, but it lacks instruments to guide the practice of nurses, regarding information.The practical component of this academic and professional path took place in an intensive care unit and in a general emergency service. The analysis of competences was carried out in the light of the regulations that regulate nursing specialties. Of the common skills of the specialist nurse, I highlight the “domain of ethical and legal responsibility” where I demonstrate skills of ethical decision-making and defense of fundamental principles. The development of the specific skills of the Medical-Surgical nurse, was transversal in the two internship contexts, and the skills to care for the person submitted to invasive mechanical ventilation had special emphasis on the articulation with the nurse's duty to inform. At the end of this journey, I consider that I have reached the proposed goals, having developed the ability to perform specialized nursing care. I believe that this journey is the beginning of my development as a professional and does not foresee an end, but a continuous evolution.
Date of Award18 Jun 2020
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSérgio Deodato (Supervisor)


  • Duty to inform
  • Medical-surgical nurse
  • Critical care
  • Evidence based practice


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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