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Nursing Services Certification in Brazilian Health Organizations

Ana Carla P. L

Currently in Brazil the nursing workforce consists of a group of 541,903 nurses and 1,536,505 technicians and assistants. The most extensive survey on a professional category ever undertaken in Latin America is unprecedented and covers a universe of 2,078,772 professionals. The diversity in the distribution and development of            nursing professionals impacts on the safety and quality of care offered to users of different health services and in different regions of the country. The nursing certification program was published in the journal Nursing & Primary Care and presented in an oral session at the 46 Global Nursing Conference 2018 in Las Vegas. The program aims to improve quality care and assist the nursing team by defining roles and actions within the organizational structure. The program has a framework to expand as competencies required for the development of high-performance nursing. The competency development program was structured in the form of a trail of mandatory knowledge that nurses will have to go through.