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Psychiatric Nursing

  • General information
    • Coordinator
      Profa.Dra. Luciane Sá de Andrade
    • Vice-Coordenadora
      Profa.Dra. Adriana Inocenti Miasso
    • Secretary
      Adriana Borela Bortoletti Arantes
    • Telephone
      +55 16 3315 3456
    • E-mail

The strito sensu Graduate Program Psychiatric Nursing – Master’s and Doctoral Programs – at the College of Nursing, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto (USP) has developed its activities since 1975 when it launched the Master’s program.

It was the third graduate program developed by Dr. Maria Aparecida Minzoni with the collaboration of faculty members from the fields of human and biological sciences in this College. It is not only the first program in this specialty but also the only offered in Brazil.

During its development, the Master’s Program mainly met the educational needs of faculty members of Brazilian nursing schools, especially those from the EERP-USP, than actually focused on the specific field per se. Only in the 1970s and 1980s, it focused on issues related to the Psychiatric Nursing field.

With the master’s new curricular structure proposed in 1990 and approved by the Graduate Program Board at the University of São Paulo, the Program defined its lines of research to adapt to the trends of research emerging in the mental health field and to the interests of its professors and graduate students.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Psychiatric Nursing and Human Sciences Department at the EERP-USP sought to qualify its faculty members enabling them to acquire degrees to replace full professors leaving the university at the time mainly due retirement.

Given the lack of a doctoral program in the field of psychiatric nursing and to the need to meet a unmet demand, mainly composed of alumni from the Master’s program, the Department, relying on a set of professors with a doctoral degree, requested an extension of the Master’s Program in order to offer a Doctoral Program in the field. The Doctoral program was initiated in 1999 and has graduated up to 2018 379 Masters and 152 Doctors.

The program theoretical foundation lies on the understanding that human beings are a product of the interaction of individuals’ biological and psychological endowment with the physical and social environment. In this context, the understanding of mental health and psychiatric illness/suffering constitutes the specific object of studies with an integrating approach.

Mental health is the “conducting wire” in the program’s dimension in which it focuses on the individual, family and community, health services and system in order to prepare professionals in the health field to meet the biological, psychological, and social needs of the population in general. It aims to influence changes in the care systems through research, critical and analytical reflections and interventions.

Because the health field is a multi and interdisciplinary field, the program has sought support on other human sciences (education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and ethics) to acquire a greater understand of the human being in his/her totality, to improve quality of life, and the exercise of citizenship, in particular, of those in psychological distress.

Based on a multidisciplinary focus, the Program has started, since 2002, to enroll candidates with a nursing degree, and other professionals in the health and related fields, both in the master’s and doctoral programs.


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