In August 7th, 2012 the University of Campinas (Unicamp) approved, by unanimity, the creation of the School of Nursing – Unicamp. The new teaching, research and extension Unit of Unicamp is the result of the emancipation of the Nursing Department, until then integrated into the School of Medical Sciences (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas -FCM).
The Nursing Department was created in 1981, attached to the FCM, and its uniqueness was soon stressed for being the only one among 16 Departments responsible for an Undergraduate Nursing Program (created in 1978 and currently with 4065 hours), and a Graduate Program, integrating both Masters (since 1999) and Doctoral (since 2008) levels.
The School of Nursing numbers 29 professors, all of them with a PhD level. Most professors have a full-time contract to develop teaching and research activities, and 23 are implicated in both undergraduate and graduate levels, assuring an environment of academic excellence. Several professors are leaders of Research Groups certified by the University and registered in the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) platform. These Research Groups have provided an important contribution to the scope of Nursing Science.
The members of the recently created School of Nursing have achieved prominence in the academic scenery, due to the excellence of professional formation of its students, focused on the development of knowledge and competences in Nursing, encompassing critical thinking, leadership and engagement with the community. This quality assures the employability of our students in different settings: teaching career, public divisions, health institutions and companies, soon after the completion of the Undergraduate Program.
This newest unit at Unicamp is also recognized for its leadership in education, research, and extension services. Its national as well international projection in several Nursing areas must be even more expanded with the effective implementation of the School of Nursing.
UNDERGRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM
The Undergraduate Nursing Program is recognized as one of the best in Brazil. Its excellence is strongly reiterated in the last Report of the Agreement Commission (2004-2008). The tight integration of the students at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels, motivating them to continue their academic formation at Master and Doctorate levels, was another strength of our Program emphasized by the Agreement Commission.
The Undergraduate Program in Nursing is firmly committed to the development of knowledge and competences of our students to assure the clinical excellence, research and evidence based practices as well as the leadership and the necessary abilities to intervene in the social context. The professional quality of our Bachelors enables a potential contribution to the health’s quality of the Brazilian population. The exchange with professionals of other areas of knowledge and institutions of other countries, stimulated all over the teaching-learning process, guarantees the development of interdisciplinary and international visions of our students.
Table 1: Data from the Nursing Undergraduate Program of the School of Nursing. (FEnf – Unicamp)
|Curriculum – Hours
||Number of Faculty
||Faculty Academic Titles
4065 (since 2011)
19 PhD01 Full*
* AP: Associate Professor // Full: Full Professor