Master’s in Medical-Surgical Nursing – Chronic Illness Care

The study program’s generic objectives:

  • Promote autonomy and responsibility for lifelong learning, developing knowledge and skills to deepen and understand new and / or complex situations;
  • Promote a reflective and innovative professional practice in the field of medical-surgical nursing - a person in a chronic situation, in accordance with legal norms, human rights, ethical principles and professional responsibility;
  • Train to manage nursing care, optimizing response and articulation with the multidisciplinary team;
  • Qualify for team leadership in broad and multidisciplinary contexts, aiming at the continuous improvement of the quality of care in a therapeutic and safe environment;
  • Train for the use and production of scientific knowledge and its communication and dissemination, in a clear and unambiguous way;
  • Promote professional development, discipline in the field of nursing knowledge for people in chronic situations and the appreciation of the profession.

Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) to be developed by the students:

  • Adopt a scientific, human and ethical conduct that promotes care centered on the person with a chronic situation;
  • Integrate knowledge of medical-surgical nursing and other disciplines, in decision-making and providing care to people with a chronic situation;
  • Identify the needs of the person, family and caregivers, ensuring prevention, early detection, stabilization, maintenance and adaptation to chronic disease;
  • Facilitate the health-disease transition process in the person, family / caregiver;
  • Evaluate the results based on the responses of the person, family and caregivers experiencing chronic illness;
  • Collaborate in the production and use of scientific evidence available in the field of medical-surgical nursing, in terms of the person with a chronic situation;
  • Lead care, change and innovation management processes with a view to improving results in nursing and health and interprofessional teams;
  • Promote your development, peers and other professionals.

Insertion of the study program in the institutional educational offer strategy, in light of the mission of the institution and its educational, scientific and cultural project:
ESEL's mission is to be a “center for the creation, development, transmission and diffusion of nursing culture and science, which aims at excellence and innovation”. In this context, the training component is its center of activity, so in its educational project the provision of Courses at the level of the 3 study cycles is enshrined: undergraduate, master's and doctorate (in collaboration with the University of Lisbon) thus responding to the expectations of a growing number of candidates for ESEL pre- and post-graduate training, particularly in recent years. This fact demonstrates the interest of nurses and the need for more human resources that demonstrate knowledge and skills of understanding and intervention at the level of areas of specialty in nursing. The recent reflection on the offer of master’s degrees, already existing at ESEL, identified the usefulness of further deepening and scientific autonomy of the various areas of specialization for which ESEL has its own, qualified and specialized faculty that will allow the development of these teams and its competencies and the reinforcement of research within the nursing discipline.
Responding to the country's needs, taking into account the aging of the population, the problems arising from the introduction of new technologies, the significant increase in chronic diseases, the difficulties in accessing care, the lack of professional resources and the challenges of cost growth in the health area, inevitably require specialized nursing care, framed in health policies that privilege the integrated approach to chronic diseases, ensuring quality and sustainable care that takes into account the relationship between the values of effectiveness / efficiency and quality of life. In this context, the person must be seen in a holistic way, and it is essential to understand the behaviors and lifestyles of individuals, psychosocial, socioeconomic, political, cultural and environmental aspects to promote their functionality in the context of the community. All of this implies greater proximity and humanization, promoting culturally sensitive and quality care at people's homes (Ministério da Saúde, 2018). It is essential to develop an advanced nursing practice that, in partnership with the person with chronic illness, family caregiver and family, is able to create the conditions to help the person to promote their health and life potential in the cultural context of their existence (Gomes, 2019).
Thus, with the master's degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing for People in Chronic Situations, it is intended to promote a training process whose purpose is the broad understanding of the problems of people / family and caregivers arising from chronic illness in order to satisfy their needs and facilitate their health disease transition processes.


Plano de Estudos / Study plan  1st year- 1st semester              
Unidade Curricular / Curricular Unit Área Científica /Scientific Area (1) Duração /Duration (2) Horas Trabalho /Working Hours (3) Horas Contacto /Contact Hours (4) ECTS Opcional Observações /Observations (5)
Advanced Nursing 723 semiannual 108 T-10; TP-18; S-15; 4   -
Research 723 semiannual 81 T-10; TP-4; PL-8; S-10; 3   -
Nursing Ethics and Deontology 723 semiannual 54 T-10; TP-5; TC-2; OT-5; 2   -
Theories and models of care for people with chronic illness/disease 723 semiannual 81 T-17; TP-10; S-15; 3   -
Nursing in chronic illness care 723 semiannual 135 T-29; TP-10; S-15; 5   -
Chronic illness management and symptom control 723 semiannual 270 T-40; TP-48; S-20; 10   -
Nephrology nursing 723 semiannual 81 T-27; TP-5; 3 1 -
Cancer nursing 723 semiannual 81 T-30; TP-2; 3 1 -
Nursing care for older people with chronic illness 723 semiannual 81 T-10; TP-12; TC-5; S-5; 3 1 -
Nursing care in chronic infectious illness 723 semiannual 81 T-17; TP-10; S-5; 3 1 -
Plano de Estudos / Study plan- 1st year- 2nd semester              
Unidade Curricular / Curricular Unit Área Científica /Scientific Area(1) Duração /Duration(2) Horas Trabalho /Working Hours(3) Horas Contacto /Contact Hours(4) ECTS Opcional Observações /Observations (5)
Nursing Management and Leadership 723 semiannual 81 T-22; TP-10; 3   -
Safety promotion and risk management in chronic and critical care 723 semiannual 162 T-20; TP-25; S-10; OT-10; 6   -
Organization and service management to care delivery for people with chronic conditions 723 semiannual 108 T-13; TP-20; S-10; 4   -
Formative project 723 semiannual 54 T-3; TP-2; TC-7; S-5; OT-5; 2   -
Internship in nursing care for people with chronic illness 723 semiannual 405 S-10; E-260; OT-10; 15 1 For Internship with Report
Project development in nursing care for people with chronic illness 723 semiannual 405 TP-52; TC-30; S-30; OT-50; 15 1 For courses Project Work or Dissertation of a Scientific Nature
Plano de Estudos / Study plan-2 nd year- 1st semester              
Unidade Curricular /Curricular Unit Área Científica /Scientific Area (1) Duração /Duration (2) Horas Trabalho /Working Hours (3) Horas Contacto /Contact Hours (4) ECTS Opcional Observações /Observations (5)
Internship with learning report 723 semiannual 810 S-20; E-520; OT-20; 30 1 The student chooses one of the routes
Project work 723 semiannual 810 TC-284; S-20; OT-20; 30 1 The student chooses one of the routes
Scientific dissertation 723 semiannual 810 TC-284; S-20; OT-20; 30 1 The student chooses one of the routes