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What they say

  • Marta Rodrigues / Clinical Analysis and Public Health

    Escola Superior de Saúde do Politécnico do Porto

    Marta Rodrigues attended the Degree in Clinical Analysis and Public Health at the Medical School of Politécnico do Porto.


    Why did you choose P.PORTO?

    My choice was influenced by the training itself, but also by the school's location. At the first stage of my applications, I was accepted in the Institut of Coimbra. However, even though it is the city of students, I decided to try the P.Porto because it would reduce my expenses, and mainly because it has always been known for its high-quality training. At that point, I didn’t know I was taking one of the best and most important decisions of my life, that would change forever who I am.


    What makes the ESS so unique? What do you feel to have changed from your first "you" when you entered for the first time to the last year's?

    One of the main features that make the ESS so unique, compared to other institutions, is that it embodies the term "home" so well... At all times, from my arrival to my deeply-felt departure, I always felt welcomed by everyone —from staff to teachers, not to mention students. It is so comforting to wander around its corridors and still find friendly faces in all of them, always surrounded by an atmosphere of warmth and kindness, while sharing so much knowledge. At the ESS I found more than a med school, I found a home since the very first day, and it is something that is just such an idyllic scenario —only hypothetical in most educational institutions. For these and other reasons, I will be eternally grateful to the ESS. Taking a retrospective on those four years of intense living, now I feel so blessed with a superb growth, both personally and academically. I leave the ESS with the certainty that I have witnessed a great quality of training that allows me, at present, to feel prepared to enter this labour universe. My sense of responsibility, confidence —in myself as a person and as a professional— the ability to communicate and work as a team has been so worked and improved that I feel that today I am a more evolved and adult person. I have also learned to manage my daily problems, to face situations from all perspectives, to make the best of them, and to notice the satisfaction of helping the others with all the actions and volunteering I have undertaken.


    Any idea or advice for those who will now enter the ESS?

    To the lucky ones that will now arrive at the ESS, I give you my best wishes and successes for this adventure that will end up being the best years of your lives. In order to make the most of these four years, I strongly recommend you to get involved in the extracurricular activities that are constantly planned, especially to volunteer and participate in the lectures and activities that are always an added value. Keep an open mind and do not fear this new stage of your life, because apart from giving you many joys and making you grow continuously, it will bring you a second home and, in the end, you will not want to leave it.

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  • Dinis Maia / Nursing

    Escola Superior de Saúde Jean Piaget de Vila Nova de Gaia

    Dinis Maia graduated in Nursing from the Piaget Institute of Vila Nova de Gaia and it was there where he learned the skills that make him a successful professional in his field at present. He’s currently working as a Nurse in the Orthopaedic Department of the Hospital of Gaia and Espinho.


    Why Nursing?

    I’ve always loved helping people, and that’s why I decided to go for Nursing. This degree allowed me to do it in a technically and developed way.


    Why did you choose the Institute Piaget?

    I chose this Institution, not just because it is a pioneer in the region, but also for the references of its professors. In addition, my colleagues from the Institute Piaget in Macedo de Cavaleiros encouraged me to do it.


    Which advantages did you have in this Institution? Did you face any constraints?

    All along the training, the Institute Piaget gave me the opportunity to do internships in prestigious places of my choice.

    The constraints were basically the ones that any degree entails, such as a very strict professor, or also a colleague with a "different" personality. Nothing unusual for a Degree.

    At the end of the Degree, I stayed at the Hospital of Gaia/Espinho/EPE. I’ve been working in the Orthopaedic Department for nine years.


    Would you like to leave a message to the next nursing degree students? What about the students that are now deciding to go to the University?

    A nurse draws on his/her own values. That’s why my goal is to be a healthcare actor able to adapt to multidisciplinary teams, to make everything works.

    I’ve already had the pleasure to supervise students of the Institution in the Orthopaedic Department and hold Orthopaedic workshops in the School. Therefore, I will quote a sentence uttered so many times by the students of the Piaget Institute: “We must know how to be, how to behave and how to do".

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  • José Escudeiro / Physiotherapy

    Escola Superior de Saúde Jean Piaget em Silves

    José Escudeiro is a Physiotherapist from Lisbon. He graduated in the Med School Jean Piaget in Algarve, in 2009. After some professional experiences in Portugal, he decided to invest in his career in London.


    How was entering the labour market?

    Before I finished my training, and considering the lack of opportunities here, I faced some issues regarding my future for which I had no answers. Luckily, I had the opportunity to start my career and get into the labour market.
    A project with a colleague and a contract with a public/private institution gave me the chance to live the first days of my career in two different realities.

    But you invested in a career abroad. Why?

    I understood very soon that the knowledge acquired in Uni and its practical application to patients were two very different realities. Also, that this profession requires a quick adaptation to the labour market. It wouldn’t have made any sense to me to question my four years of academic training because of some bureaucratic or financial issues. In this way, I understood that Physiotherapy would be a constant paradox among Nursing professionals and professionals from other areas of expertise —which by the way, also contributes to the discredit of Nursing in the eyes of society. The thing is that since I didn't see myself in this context anymore, I believed that there were other possibilities —despite having to leave all the comfort I find in my country—, so I decided to invest in a career abroad.


    Did the training you attended at the Institute Piaget ESSP in Algarve give you the knowledge needed to enter and reaffirm yourself in the labour market?

    Yes, it did. The Physiotherapy Degree was properly structured to provide students all the knowledge needed to enter the labour market. The success achieved today by its students is largely due to the way professors guide them along their 4 years of training, trying to convey stringently all their scientific-practical knowledge. I feel that the content was coherent with the reality of the profession, it allows me to practice my profession abroad nowadays. Let me thank all the professors of the Degree that contributed to my personal and professional development.


     What would you suggest to future graduates?

    I believe each of us has a huge potential to invest in a career abroad. Taking into consideration the obstacles that everyone can face on the way, I think these are directly interrelated with the level of ambition you have. Advice must be seen in a pretty experiential perspective.

    I think it’s important to carry a bunch of determination, persistence, effort and humility in your luggage.

    A high level of determination and persistence is very important also. Various obstacles will arise daily that can easily bring you to exhaustion and drop-out. Each opportunity must be seen as the best thing that could have had happened to you in the entire world.

    I consider it's important to be humble enough to understand that when you are in a foreign country it becomes almost compulsory to have an open mind and practice an active listening.

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  • David Alves / Physiotherapy

    Escola Superior de Saúde Jean Piaget em Silves

    David Alves is a Physiotherapist from Lisbon. He graduated from Jean Piaget’s Medical School in Algarve, in 2009.


    What is your current professional situation?

    Now I work as a Physiotherapist in the Medical Centre of Rehabilitation of the South of Portugal (CMR Sul) and in a Private Hospital in Algarve (Team HPA Saúde).


    Did the training that you received in the Institute Piaget prepare you for the labour market?

    Undoubtedly. I think the academic background reached through the four years of training, together with the graduate traineeships programme, provided me with technical and scientific knowledge for my daily practice as a Physiotherapist. It should be noted that it has been always a training based on evidence, only possible thanks to an excellent teaching staff.


    May you describe your professional career?

    During last year, I started my professional career as a Physiotherapist in a sports club —my first experience as a professional in the field. Once I had finished my training, I collaborated with a private clinic in the area of accidents at work, and later in another clinic of the National Healthcare System. Some years later, I started a collaboration in the Medical Centre of Rehabilitation of the South (CMR Sul) —where I’m currently working— and I’m also working in the Private Hospital of Algarve (Group HPA Saúde).


     What would you suggest to Physiotherapy students?

    I would like to tell them to enjoy all their academic path in order to obtain the maximum possible knowledge, whether through internships or participating in Symposiums, Congresses, Conferences, etc. I say this because being a future professional starts on the very first day of school. Be determinate, seek and search for your professional goals and dream about it, because you will succeed.

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  • Susana Piegas / Paediatric Osteopathy

    Atlântica University Higher Institution

    "The field of Paediatric Osteopathy is in full expansion in Portugal nowadays. The proof is a pioneer project that is holding now the Atlântica University Clinic, developed by the Atlântica University.


    It consists in a space to promote healthcare services in Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Osteopathy (for adults and children) and Psychology and its aim is to provide an answer to all people’s needs —while being also useful for the university community. Its aim is to create a proper follow-up and monitoring in the different fields, including, obviously, babies and children from the Orthopaedic Department.


    With the creation of this new platform of integrated and multidisciplinary knowledge, the University seeks to create the conditions to increase the importance of Osteopathy, starting by publishing scientific papers.


    This project was created by Raúl Guzmán, Coordinator of Atlântica’s Post-Graduation in Paediatric Osteopathy, Head of the Osteopathy Department in the VASS Clinic (Madrid), main responsible for the Gestational Osteopath Unit in the University Hospital Quirón San José and President of the European Association of Professionals in Osteopathy."

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  • Paulo Santos / Critical Care Nursing

    Atlântica University Higher Institution

    "Due to the variety of its fields and the practical way in which subjects are given, I think the Critical Care Nursing Postgraduate should be mandatory for any healthcare professional working in Emergency-related fields."

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  • Mónica Mendes / Nursing

    Atlântica University Higher Institution

    "Now I work as a nurse at the Cambridge University Trust Addenbrooke’s Hospital. I’m in the J2 Department: Major Trauma Centre, mainly committed to the rehabilitation of patients with neurological post-surgery trauma and patients with multiple trauma. When I finished my Nursing training in 2005, I worked for 7 years in the Department of General Surgery of the Hospital São Francisco Xavier, in Lisbon. An excellent team, in which it was possible for me to learn a bit of everything. Consequently, I was invited to move to the Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, in Loures, where I was a Team leader in the medical-surgical service. It was interesting because it was a different management model and an ambitious project. I stayed there until the end of 2014, when I decided to emigrate and seek new challenges.


    Atlântica was my only Institution all along my training. I took part in its first Nursing Degree. My promotion established new ground, we proved that the training we were receiving was excellent. Later, I felt an arising interest in management, so I did a Post-Graduation in Healthcare Management and Leading. More recently, I attended the Master Degree in Rehabilitation Nursing. I own to Atlântica all my academic career. It allowed me to broaden horizons and successfully arrive where I’m now."

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  • Rui Silva / Nursing

    Atlântica University Higher Institution

    "At present, I am a consultant for Glintt, a company aimed at developing solutions in the healthcare area, a market leader in Portugal, both in the private and public sector. To sum up, I develop medical and pharmaceutical tests and applications, I provide training and support to users and, therefore design affordable and practical solutions for them. Now I am a part of a team working for the implementation of medical records in the Hospital de Santa Maria."



    Could you please give us a brief description of your professional career?
    I started in 2010 —few weeks after I got graduated— in the General Emergency department of the Hospital Fernando Fonseca, where I worked until December 2015. During this period, I assumed roles in various locations: Casa de Saúde do Telhal, Saúde 24, Segurhigiene - Health and Safety at Work, in the Hospital Beatriz Ângelo and in the Permanent Attendance of the Hospital Cuf de Cascais. I also had the opportunity to speak during the Post-Graduation Seminar of the Nursing Degree in Sports, in the University of São Francisco das Misericordias, where I presented my dissertation Nursing in the sports practice: Prevention and Treatment of injuries.


    How has Atlântica contributed to your professional and personal growth?

    Atlântica helped me to become a Nurse and a Man. It gave me a profound sense of responsibility in pursuing excellence to be a better professional, always demanding when providing care. I learned to respect the profession and it gave me the tools to never dash the nursing practice. It taught me how to become a professional Nurse, interdependent and independent. Atlântica pushed me to seek constant training.


    What do you remember about your time in Atlântica?

    It wouldn’t fit all on this page… Apart from being the place where I met my wife —and the mother of my son— for the first time, it was a campus on which I built so many friendships. I will never forget Pátio do Sol, Mrs. Luzia, the familiar faces in every corner, the close relationship between students and professors, the National Meetings of Nursing students, the Newbies' Welcome, the interaction between students from different courses, the Association of Nursing students, the Academic Student Association, the old students, the new ones, the professional and academical references that still there today…


     From your point of view, which are the strengths of the Institution?

    For me, the greatest strength of the Institution is the close relationship it holds with its students. Professors know all the students, their names, they are constantly concerned to provide students with all the best resources to achieve their success. Apart from providing a wide range of experiences within healthcare institutions and in the daily professional practice —that would put to shame a lot of academic institutions, at a national level— Atlântica empowers students in their academic career and in the need of seeking always for new training, experiences and knowledge.

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  • Ana Rita Sempiterno / Nursing

    Escola Superior de Enfermagem S. Francisco das Misericórdias

    "To be a nurse means to be special. Thanks for the values conveyed all along these 4 unforgettable years of training."

    (18th Nursing Degree Edition - Escola Superior de Enfermagem S. Francisco das Misericórdias)

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