The Graduate Program in Nursing (PEN) is located on the UFSC Florianópolis Campus. The University’s headquarters is divided into 11 academic schools, and occupies an area of over 20,000,000 m². It is undergoing continuous expansion and qualification of its physical structure, equipment and laboratories, as well as a process which aims for the humanization of the campus.

PEN has the appropriate physical infrastructure to develop its teaching and research activities, particularly those carried out by research groups. Among the Program’s set of laboratories, we highlight the following.

  • PEN enjoys a new physical structure integrated to a new building, constructed specially to allocate the Graduate Programs of the School of Health Sciences (CCS): Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Public Health. In addition to the common areas (departmental offices, amphitheater, shared classrooms, and room for videoconferences and distance learning), the building has specific facilities for the Program. The common area constitutes an important physical space for interdisciplinary articulation, strengthening the use of facilities and of technological and academic resources by all graduate programs at CCS. PEN’s specific area, on the other hand, has a computer laboratory for the exclusive use of the graduate students; three exclusive classrooms equipped with audiovisual resources; and six rooms equipped with computer and logistics resources, for the support of research groups and for projects and studies carried out by students and professors in the Program.
  • Laboratory for experiences: created, equipped and maintained by the Department of Nursing and the Graduate Program in Nursing, this lab was designed for the development of creative and innovative experiences in the field of teaching, research and outreach.
  • Center for Nursing and Health Care Research and Technology (CEPETEC): it includes eight Clinical Skills Laboratories (LPS), four Laboratories for Tele-computing and Tele-education (LTT) and seven Technological Production Laboratories (LPT). Also being organized in this space is another room for the collective use of the Department of Nursing and the Graduate Program, and a Video Conference room for meetings, defenses, and other events.

CEPETEC brings together the PEN Research Groups and constitutes a center of reference for the creation, monitoring, experimentation, evaluation and publicizing of innovative technologies for nursing and health care, with a view to qualifying care and meeting the requirements of modern-day society.

The transfer of the Department of Nursing and of the Graduate Program in Nursing to the new building, in 2013, made it possible to speed up, modernize and organize PEN’s management flows and processes, as well as those from the undergraduate program and the Department of Nursing. The installations inaugurated and added in 2014 include:

Ground Floor: Hall/Reception, Program Coordination Office, Department Office, Academic Graduate Program Office, Professional Graduate Program Office,  Research and Outreach Office, Archives, Texto e Contexto Enfermagem Journal, a mini-lecture theater, Internships Office, Institutional Projects Room, Common room and Kitchen, Utility Areas (2), Toilets (2).

First Floor: LPS – Hospital care, LPS – Prehospital care, LPS – Care for surgical patients, LPS – Care for the critically ill patient, LPT – Woman, newborn and child health, LTT – Virtual Reality, LTT – Computer Graphics, LTT – Teleresearch, LTT – Video conference, Alternative Practices, Common area, Utility areas (2), Toilets (2).

Second Floor: LPS – Outpatient care, Procedure rooms (2), LPS – Home Care (2), LPT – Care of older adults, LPT –Chronic illness care, LPT –Occupational health care, LPT – Evaluation of public policies, LPT – Service management, LPT – Family Health, Common area, Utility areas (2), Toilets (2).

Third Floor: Faculty rooms (12), Room for Study Groups (3), Meeting room, Common area, Utility areas (2), Toilet (2).

Forth Floor:  Faculty rooms (20), Common Area, Utility Area (2), Toilet (2).

The Program also has four classrooms, two with 40 seats, equipped with computers, overhead projector and multimedia projector, and the other two with 20 seats, equipped with computers, overhead projector, TV, video and multimedia projector, and one auditorium (equipped with TV, video and multimedia projector). In addition to this infrastructure, the Program provides the students and faculty with various equipment (multimedia projectors, notebooks, cameras, slide projectors, digital recorders, etc.).

It should be emphasized that the Program ensures to its students and faculty members a broad and varied network of services and scenarios for the development of teaching and work activities, with emphasis placed on the University Hospital and on the services of the municipal health network, articulated through the Care Teaching Network (Rede Docente Assistencial), in which shared actions and goals are agreed.

Computer Resources

PEN students and faculty have three computer laboratories at their disposal, namely: (1) the PEN Computer Laboratory, with 16 workstations, an HP Laser Jet printer and Scanner; (2) The School of Health Sciences (CCS) Computer Laboratory, with 20 workstations for graduate and undergraduate students; and (3) the Central Library Computer Laboratory, which is open in all periods (morning, afternoon and evening), including at weekends. All the laboratories have broadband Internet, allowing broad access to various databases in which complete texts can be accessed free of charge, including the CAPES Journals Portal. An internal computer network structure articulates the departmental offices of the Graduate and the Undergraduate Programs, as well as the 15 faculty rooms of the Department and the Program, each of which has at least three workstations connected to the internal network and Internet.

In addition to this, the CCS – school in which PEN and the other undergraduate and graduate programs in health are located – has a Wireless Network on all floors, which allows broad access for the faculty members and students.

PEN also makes use of a videoconference room, where teleconferences and web conferences are carried out for research meetings, panels or other academic activities.

Keeping its policy of maintaining and updating equipment, PEN has invested in the computer infrastructure, both for the students and its faculty, in partnership with the Department of Nursing. The equipment and software undergo regular maintenance and updating.


UFSC has a Central Library with 9,134m2 and nine Branch Libraries, in which users have access to a computerized system. The Program has access to CAPES journals and other international databases, thus offering students and faculty members a significant and updated collection. Other collections from correlated areas are available, thanks to the general resources allocated in the Central Library, as well as to those deriving from other Graduate Programs at UFSC.

The UFSC Library has the largest and best collection of the State of Santa Catarina, one of the best in Brazil and available without restrictions on access. It recently acquired the largest digital collection of theses and dissertations in the world. The full computerization, through use of the MicroISIS software (books, videotapes and theses), allows search on terminals connected to the local network and Internet, facilitating the search for materials by author, title or topic. The classification system used is the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), and the cataloging is based on NBR 6023 (ABNT). With an automated service system, the library performs a major role as support for teaching and research, in addition to keeping its doors open to the community, contributing to the university outreach process.

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