O conhecimento na vanguarda da valorização em enfermagem

Translated title of the thesis: The knowledge at the forefront of nursing appreciation
  • Nelson Filipe Cruz Cordeiro (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This internship report comes within the scope of the Nursing Master's Degree course with a specialization in Medical-Surgical Nursing in the area of the Person in Critical Situation, at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, of Porto, and aims to describe and analyze the academic, personal and professional’s skills acquired during internships as Specialist Nurse. This report aims to expose and reflect on the path that led to the acquisition of specialized skills. First, I chose to approach the internship developed in the first year of the course, in which I reflect on the beginning of the acquisition of specialized skills. Subsequently, the contextualization of the internship locations of the current curricular unit, which allowed me to develop and reflect, critically, about the activities that led to the acquisition and improvement of specialist nurse skills, based on the four domains of common skills. The activities developed emerged from a perspective of optimizing care for the person in a critical situation, in a safe and differentiated perspective. For this reason, I developed a review of the literature on nursing workload in an intensive care unit, which allowed me to acquire skills in the search for the best and most recent scientific evidences, which, in practice, allows the optimization and differentiation of care to the critically ill. During this journey, new skills were developed and those already acquired as a generalist nurse were improved, namely in contact with the person in a critical situation and their family, in order to maintain the basic functions of the patient's life, to prevent complications based on the provision of excellent care and keeping the patient's total recovery as a goal. Ethical care, the promotion of dignity and privacy, the control and prevention of infections associated with health care were improved knowledge that, combined with those previously described, allowed the acquisition of differentiated skills, namely the care of the person and the family to experience complex disease processes, the optimization of the environment and therapeutic processes and the prevention and control of infection for the critically ill patient. After this journey, the skills of a specialist nurse are considered acquired, as well as the skills to put into practice the technical and human competencies aimed in the field of person in a critical situation.
Date of Award14 Dec 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAna Sabrina Silva e Sousa (Supervisor)


  • Nursing workload
  • Specialized nursing competencies
  • Critically ill
  • Specialist nurse
  • Medical-surgical nursing


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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