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Train to Protect | Capacitar para Proteger

COVID-19 needs to be addressed

  • To define work strategies in accordance with the principles of infection control;
  • To constant redefine the adjustments made in terms of norms/guidelines and the adoption of behaviours that control the transmission of the disease.

Brief description

This project was born in March 2020, when the 1st state of emergency was declared, based on needs identified with the institutions with which we have a protocol and where our students performed clinical teachings that were, however, interrupted.

Since May 12, 2020, several training sessions have been held on COVID-19 preventive measures, via videoconference. The first took place for professionals in Residential Structures for the Elderly. These were important moments of knowledge sharing, in which we helped to define work strategies in accordance with the principles of infection control, taking into account the resources of each institution. Until June 4th, we carried out 8 training sessions at 6 institutions, involving 48 trainers (students and teachers) and 135 trainees.

In September 2020 we started the school year to train our students of the 1st and 2nd year of the Nursing Graduation Course, and we train students of the 3rd and 4th year to be trainers. Thus, we prepare all our students in the 1st cycle of studies to become aware of social responsibility and anticipate the development of their skills for a safe practice before starting their clinical teaching. On February 19, 2021, a new phase began – the training of the UCP academic community, in a session in which 72 people participated, including teachers and employees.

The sessions have always been carried out by students, with the presence of teachers, lasting 1 hour. The pedagogical approach aims to develop skills in action, in a logic of “learning in service”, promoting compassion, solidarity, proactivity and critical thinking. Competencies reinforce individual and collective responsibility for the adoption of prevention measures in favour not only of the “common good”, but also of the “value of a university with values”.

Over the past year, several changes have taken place in this pandemic context, where the evolution of science and epidemiological changes have required the need for constant adjustments in terms of norms/guidelines and the adoption of behaviours that control the transmission of the disease.

Country: Portugal

Year: 2020-2021

Institution: Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Email: cristina_marques@ucp.pt

# of students: 4

Interaction with beneficiaries: Virtual

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Medicine and health

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Quality Education