The nursing framework has for mission to provide care of excellence to all patients resorting to Hospital da Luz network units.
In its autonomous and interdependent interventions, the nursing team is integrated in a multiprofessional context of action and performs its activity viewing the promotion of health, prevention of disease, satisfaction of human needs, readaptation to active life, functional adaptation to deficits, and socioprofessional reinsertion.
On the other hand, in a constant search of improvement in its performance and recognizing the importance of continuous training and upgrading in the face of scientific knowledge evolution, the nursing body of Hospital da Luz network promotes and collaborates in training initiatives and research projects in its area of intervention.
Hospital da Luz nursing body is thoroughly recruited and selected by nursing boards, based on rigorous standards in what concerns training, but also in what concerns quality of performance and previous experience in the profession.
In the scope of their professional activity, Hospital da Luz nurses respect the Deontological Code, the Nursing Regulations, the quality standards of nursing care and the competences defined for general nursing by the National Council of Nurses. Nurses exercising their activity in Hospital da Luz network integrate in their daily practice an ideal of quality and excellence. In this sense, they adopt the guiding principles of the National Council of Nurses, namely:
- Patient satisfaction: respecting patient’s capacities, beliefs, values and individual wishes; establishing empathy in relationships; establishing partnerships in the planning of care; involving the family and other persons in the process of care; and minimizing negative impact associated with environmental changes necessary for the process of health care providing.
- Health promotion: contextualizing the patient’s situation in family and society; creating and using opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles; optimizing adaptive work to the processes of life, growth and development; and providing information generating cognitive learning and new capacities.
- Prevention of complications: identifying as early as possible actual potential problems; implementing and evaluating interventions contributing to avoid those problems or minimize undesirable effects; prescribing technical nursing interventions scientifically adapted to the identified problems; referring to other health professionals those problematic situations they can not intervene in; supervising delegated nursing activities; and assuming the responsibility for decisions made and acts performed or delegated.
- Welfare and self-care maximization: identifying as early as possible problems in patients that they have the knowledge to prescribe; implementing and evaluating interventions contributing to improve welfare and complement life activities where there is dependency.
- Contribution to functional readaptation: recognizing the continuity of the process of nursing care; planning hospital discharge, according to the patient’s needs and the resources of the community; optimizing the capacities of the patient, his family and others, to manage the prescribed therapeutic regime; teaching and training patients towards their functional readaptation.
- Contribution to the organization of nursing care: acknowledging the existence of a reference framework for the exercise of professional nursing; acknowledging the existence of a continuous quality improvement system in the exercise of professional nursing; acknowledging the existence of a nursing registration system integrating systematically the needs of nursing care of patients, nursing interventions and results obtained; viewing nurses satisfaction concerning the quality of their professional exercise; adapting the number of nurses to the need of nursing care; acknowledging the existence of a policy of continuous training for nurses, promoting professional development and quality; using methodologies of nursing care organization promoting quality.
The evaluation of Hospital da Luz nurses is centred on personal and professional competences and goals of performance, viewing to contribute to individual development and excellence of service, while integrated in these network teams.