WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Practice and Research


Ananda Maria Fernandes


Irma de Silva Brito

Vanessa Alhau

Ana Filipa dos Reis Marques Cardoso

Antonio Fernando Salgueiro Amaral

Antonio Manuel Martins Lopes Fernandes

Luis Manuel de Jesus Loureiro

Maria Neto da Cruz Leiteo

Susana Filomena Cardoso Duarte

Teresa Maria Mendes Dinis de Andrade Barroso

Veronica Rita Dias Coutinho


To support WHO by conducting research and identifying models of good practice in nursing and midwifery.

On request of WHO, to provide technical assistance on transforming health professionals education and training in support of the European strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery towards Health 2020 goals and beyond.

To participate in jointly planned WHO meetings and training courses, promote, translate and disseminate WHO documents.


The WHO CC for Nursing Practice and Research is situated at the Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Practice and Research situated at the Nursing School of Coimbra, in Portugal, was redesignated for a second term on July 2, 2018. Our Terms of Reference are focused on developing nursing practice and research.

Our Nursing School hosts the only Nursing Research Unit that is accredited and supported by our national governing body for science and technology (FCT). Several research projects are underway, in partnership with other European and Non-European countries. Our Centre has participated in the following meetings:

    • Meeting of Government Chief Nursing Officers, National Nursing and Midwifery Associations and WHO Collaborating Centers in the WHO European Region, Athens, 3-4 October 2018.
    • Meeting of WHO EURO Nursing and Midwifery and Human Resources for Health Collaborating Centers, Copenhagen, 5th February 2019.
    • In July 2018, we met with Ms. Jane Salvage, in order to plan the Nursing Now Campaign.
    • Martins, J. C. A., Baptista, R. C. N., Coutinho, V. D., Fernandes, M. I. D., & Fernandes, A. M. (2018). Simulation in nursing and midwifery education. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. Retrieved from
    • World Prematurity Day, from 15 to 22 November 2018. Target population: educational community and general population.
    • (Re)think HIV and AIDS, get to know yourself, from 23 to 30 November 2018, integrated into the celebrations of European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week and World AIDS Day. Target population: educational community and general population.
    • 12th International Entrepreneurship Forum: Motivating, innovating, and undertaking, on 13 March 2019. Target population: nursing students.
    • 2nd Workshop on Humanitude Care Methodology: a care tool to promote the autonomy, self-care, and well-being of the cared-for person and the caregiver, from 22 to 27 April 2019. Target population: nurses, nursing students, and health professionals.
    • Campaign and Conference relating to the World Immunization Week, from 24 April to 3 May 2019. Target population: nursing students, nurses, and general population.
    • International Meeting Innovations & Technology in Mental Health Promotion, from 27 to 29 May 2019. Target population: health professionals.
    • Nursing Now Campaign. Target population: students and general population.
    • 6th Congress on Nursing Research of Ibero-American and Portuguese-speaking Countries and 2nd International Symposium on Evidence-Based Health Care, from 25 to 27 May 2020. Target population: students and health professionals. 
    • STTI 5th Biennial European Conference: Nursing’s innovation, influence and impact on global health: Looking back and moving forward, from 27 to 30 May 2020. Target population: students and health professionals.
    • The Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research (ACPPHR) houses trans-disciplinary applied public health and population health researchers who are committed to social justice in improving the health of Australia’s vulnerable populations and socioeconomically disadvantaged and under-served communities.
    • The Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) is the world-leading public health research centre focused upon critically investigating and analysing a broad range of consumption, practice and policy issues around, traditional, complementary and integrative health care in Australia and globally. 
    • Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT) focuses on interdisciplinary collaborative research optimising the health and wellbeing of individuals living with life-limiting illnesses and their families.