Post-graduation in Nursing at Work


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Program Description

Course Outline

Work represents an important part of the agreed-upon hours of life for most adults. It is a life context with multiple and complex interactions with the worker that includes environmental and relational dimensions. In this context, work can be a promoter of health and individual and collective development or, on the contrary, be a factor of illness and social tensions and conflicts. The adult life stage is one of the most important intervention contexts to ensure an active and healthy life and a harmonious development. Thus, occupational health services, which focus on health promotion and the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases, are an important component of public health strategies. Occupational health nursing, whether integrated into teams or working individually, has a preponderant role in the development of this strategy.

The formative need for the professional work of the nurse in the work was recently published by the General Health Directorate by the guidance of DGS 009/2014 of 06/03/2014 on the authorization for the exercise of Nursing of the Work in order to comply with Law no. 102/2009 , of 10 September, which establishes the legal regime for the promotion of health and safety at work. In this orientation, the necessary criteria and procedures for the recognition of habilitation and for the transitional authorization for the nursing work at work (DGS, 2014) are established. Subsequently, technical information number 10/2015 was published, which establishes "a reference regarding the minimum curricular contents in the scope of the Nursing of the Work, that should be guiding of the formation to be provided in the Higher Education to the Nurses".

The Nurses' Order, with the contributions of the National Association of Labor Nurses, has shown interest in developing this area of professional practice at the level of a specialized competence, through scientific moments of debate and with the publication of The Role of the Occupational Health Nurse in Work Place Health Management in 2001, by the World Health Organization (WHO), translated as «The Occupational Health Management Work Nurse».

The planning of the training program was based on the reference for the formation of nurses of the work of the Federation of Occupational Health Nurses Whitin the European Union, as well as the recommendations of the General Directorate of Health.

The presence of the nurse in the multidisciplinary team of health at work has been defended by several international organizations, such as WHO, ILO, FOHNEU.

The ICN itself calls for the recognition of occupational safety and health as a professional nursing role with the appropriate remuneration corresponding to the level of knowledge and attractive incentives to keep nurses in this area of practice by requiring specialized training and career structures ( Nurses' Order, 2007).

In Europe, work nurses are the largest group of health professionals who take health care to the workplace. The new organizational and labor challenges require high levels of training and professional training, making nurses the central figure in providing high quality care to the working population. Labor nurses are at the forefront of protecting and promoting workers' health and can make a significant contribution to increasing Europe's social capital (WHO-Europe, 2001).

Thus, post-graduate training in occupational nursing aims to provide nursing knowledge and skills with the purpose of promoting, preserving and restoring workers' health in their workplace, contributing to their well-being and performance of excellence.

Course Objectives:

  • Acquire and update scientific knowledge in the area of Work Nursing;
  • Acquiring skills to intervene as a work nurse;
  • Know the organization, activities and responsibilities of health services that relate to hygiene, health and safety in the workplace;
  • Characterize the factors that influence the health of people in the workplace;
  • Identify the main risk factors in work contexts;
  • Develop training and health promotion skills in the workplace;
  • Develop knowledge and skills for intervention and training in first aid and life support.
  • To develop competencies for the elaboration of health promotion projects in the workplace;
  • Develop skills for research and production of scientific knowledge in the area of Work Nursing.

Course Recipients: Nursing Graduates
Number of vacancies: 20

Beginning of the course: September

Duration: 1 semester


  • Application - € 20
  • Registration - 50 €
  • Annual Academic Fee (annual tuition) - 650 €

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Beginning of the course

1/3/2019 to 12/4/2019


5/13/2019 to 5/17/2019


4/29/2019 to 6/14/2019


8/7/2019 to 7/12/2019


Last updated Mar 2020

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