Recognizing the multidimensional factors that affect the well-being of people and the planet, the United Nations and its member states adopted, in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calling on all countries to eradicate poverty, repair inequalities and undertake climate change by 2030. The COVID 19 pandemic crisis, the world faces today, has established the existence of profound inequalities, and exposed the flaws addressed in the 2030 Agenda, constituting an unprecedented alert for a reorientation towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Florence Nightingale, whose bicentenary of her birth was celebrated in 2020, wrote much about the myriad of social and environmental factors that influence health and well-being – today designated as health’s determinants – thus identifying the precursors of the Sustainable Development Goals. Health has a central place in SDG 3: “Ensuring a healthy life and promotion of well-being at all ages” and Nursing clearly has an important role to play in regard to these goals, but also by identifying others.

The 1st INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS NURSING CONGRESS FOR THE- “ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH AND PROMOTION OF WELL-BEING” aims to be a space for reflection and sharing of knowledge, research and evidence-based practices, developed within the scope of care to the child and family in different intervention contexts, highlighting the contribution of child and pediatric health nursing in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Congress will take place on an online format in order to guarantee, not only the participation of the entire scientific community, but also the contribution of specialists from all over the world.


The Nursing Department for Children and Young People of the Lisbon Nursing School (ESEL), officially created in 2009, is a scientific-pedagogical structural unit with autonomy for, developing teaching, providing services to the community, developing, research, and disseminating knowledge in an integrated manner, in the field of nursing and, specifically, child and youth nursing.

The Department has gained prominence since 2008 (when the 4 previous schools merged into a new institution, ESEL). Initially Presided by Professor Manuela Soveral (PhD) who also coordinated the first Master in Nursing Program with a major in Child and Youth Nursing and a Post-Graduation Course in the same area of nursing. She was followed by Professor Oliveira Marçal, who contributed to the restructure of the Program. Later held by Professor Maria da Graça Vinagre (PhD), who is also the President of the Scientific Technical Council of ESEL. Then Professor Góis Paixão presided the Department and coordinated the translation of “Wong – Nursing Care of Infant and children. The last president is in office since November 2019, Professor Isabel Malheiro (PhD).

The history of the Department, although short, demonstrates the permanent alignment with societal challenges in the dimensions of health and well-being, social inclusion and innovation, and with ESEL’s strategic plan. It also encourages and supports its members in obtaining advanced education, the Master and PhD Programs. Our aim is to continue a coherent path, contributing to the improvement of the health and well-being of children, adolescents and their families in different contexts, and a better nursing education in this area.

The 1st International Congress of Nursing of Children and Adolescents of ESEL a new project of this Department, designed to promote the production, dissemination, and translational of knowledge within the scope of its scientific area. A vast and dynamic team responded to this goal.

This event may it be the first of many to follow!
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We have speakers of national and international renown, and you can join us too.

Abstract submissions are welcome (submission deadline 10 April), (rules and procedures).

Registrations accepted until April 18th.