The Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing, Nursing School of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal (Mr Santos-Costa, Mr Paiva-Santos, Dr Sousa, Mr Bernardes, Dr Ventura, Dr Salgueiro-Oliveira, Dr Parreira, and Dr Graveto); Instituto Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal (Mr Santos-Costa and Dr Vieira); The Portuguese Association for Vascular Access, Coimbra, Portugal (Mr Santos-Costa, Dr Sousa, Mr Bernardes, Dr Salgueiro-Oliveira, Dr Parreira, and Dr Graveto); Centro de Investigação Interdisciplinar em Saúde, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal (Dr Vieira).
Paulo Santos-Costa, RN, MSc, CHN, received his master's degree in nursing, with a specialization in healthcare unit management, at the Nursing School of Coimbra (2017). He has taken a postdegree specialization course in community nursing at the Red Cross Northern Health School. Mr Santos-Costa is a doctoral student in nursing at the Instituto Ciências da Saúde of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto), hosted by the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA:E) of the Nursing School of Coimbra. He is a member of the Phi Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Portuguese Association of Vascular Accesses (APoAVa). His research focus on vascular access and nurse-sensitive outcomes. Since 2019, Filipe Paiva-Santos, RN, MSc, has attended the PhD in Nursing Sciences at the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto. He was a nurse at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Coimbra between 2004 and 2020, combining clinical duties with his role as part of the hospital's infection control team. He was also an auditor, member of the group for hospital humanization and was elected by his peers for the SIADAP joint evaluation committee. In 2021, Mr Paiva-Santos has dedicated himself exclusively to research, at the UICISA:E after receiving a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. His ongoing research output focuses on nursing practice environment, person-centered care, quality of care, and health care-associated infections. Liliana B. Sousa, PhD, completed her PhD in forensic psychology in 2015 at the University of Coimbra. She was awarded her master's degree in psychological assessment, counseling, and rehabilitation in 2007 by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. She is a researcher at the UICISA:E. Dr Sousa has coauthored several publications in international indexed journals, participated in several international conferences as a keynote speaker, and supervised more than 20 master's dissertations. She is a board member of the APoAVa. Rafael A. Bernardes, RN, MSc, CHN, is a nursing PhD student at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Instituto de Ciência da Saúde, Lisbon, Portugal (2024 expected). He has a master and postgraduate specialization in rehabilitation nursing at Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal (2021) and a nursing bachelor at Nursing School of Lisbon, Portugal (2017). He has taken additional courses: PGCert on Clinical Instruments for Evaluating Health - Development, Evaluation and Implementation (University of Turku, Turku, Finland); Go4Training - Digital Training Program for the Prevention of Sarcopenia, Frailty and Falls (Faculty of Human Motricity, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal). Currently, he is president of the Fiscal Council of the National Association of Nursing History (ANHE) and secretary of the APoAVa. His research focuses on ankle/foot disorders, foot health, gait analysis, musculoskeletal disorders, occupational health nursing, nursing theory, and history. Filipa Ventura, RN, MSc, PhD, holds a junior researcher position at the UICISA:E, hosted by the Nursing School of Coimbra. She has a PhD in health care sciences by the Sahlgrenska Academy (2016, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden). Dr Ventura is the principal investigator of one project, regional coordinator of international research work, and collaborates as an investigator in other projects. She has an established publication track of international scientific peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conferences. She has participated in conference scientific committees and in the organization of scientific events. In the domain of health care sciences, she carries out research to support the person undergoing cancer treatment in illness assessment and management grounded on person-centered care principles and through eHealth. From a methodological point of view, she is interested in research methods that allow exploring complex eHealth interventions, particularly pragmatic trials, mixed methods, and interpretive description. Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira, RN, MSc, PhD, is a coordinating professor at the Coimbra Nursing School (ESEnfC). As a teacher, she has taught content on the prevention of infections associated with health care, administration of therapy, and nursing care for the person with vascular access. Dr Algueiro-Oliveira is a researcher at the UICISA:E and subexecutive coordinator of TecCare at UICISA:E, the axis of Experimental and Applied Research in Care Technology. She coordinated and participated in several internationally funded research projects related to nursing practices in vascular access, infection prevention, and the transfer of innovative technologies for care. She is a cofounding partner of the APoAVa and is currently its vice president. She has published 11 book chapters and more than 40 articles in more than 40 national and international journals. She is a reviewer of national and international journals and has several patent applications. Pedro Parreira, RN, MSc, PhD, is a coordinating professor at the Nursing School of Coimbra. He develops the areas of Management in nursing, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He is a researcher at the UICISA:E and has participated in more than a dozen funded research projects, having coordinated some of them. He was a coordinator of the entrepreneurship office at ESEnfC (2009-2022). Dr Parreira is a peer reviewer for several international scientific journals and has published over 90 Scopus papers and over 100 papers in conference proceedings. He has published 56 book chapters and 18 books. He participated in more than 50 national international events. Dr Parreira has supervised 17 doctoral theses in international universities. Margarida Vieira, RN, MSc, PhD, received a Bachelor in nursing (1980), specialized in pediatric nursing (1987), master in nursing sciences (1994), and PhD in contemporary philosophy (2003) with a thesis on vulnerability and respect in the care of others. Dr Vieira taught at the Imaculada Conceição Nursing School for 25 years and moved on to the Catholic University with the integration of that school. She was a member of the Installation Commission of the Nurses Guild and chairwoman of the National Jurisdictional Council of 1999-2003. She is an associate professor at the Health Institute of Sciences of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) and, since 2005, has coordinated the PhD program in Nursing at UCP and is also the assistant director of the Institute of Health Sciences and dean of the School of Nursing in Porto. João Graveto, RN, MSc, PhD, is the coordinator professor in the Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal. He has over 50 publications in international scientific journals and received more than 20 prizes and distinctions in national and international events in the last 10 years. Dr Graveto is a founding member of Sigma Theta Tau International's Phi Xi Chapter (Coimbra, Portugal) and of the APoAVa.
Corresponding Author: Paulo Santos-Costa, RN, MSc, CHN, Nursing School of Coimbra: Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra, The Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing, 3004-011 Coimbra, Portugal ([email protected]).
Author disclosures: None to declare.
Acknowledgements: The authors thank the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA: E), Nursing School of Coimbra and the Instituto Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Católica Portuguesa for the ongoing support with the project activities. This study was conducted within the scope of the doctoral studies of the first author (scholarship SFRH/BD/136487/2018) and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, IP (FCT), through the funds of the POPH/FSE programs.