The Ordem dos Enfermeiros is a public association, established by Parliament through Law –decree No. 104/98. It is free and autonomous in the scope of its attributions, with jurisdictional personality, independent of the state, a competent authority and representative of nursing and midwifery graduates who practice in Portugal, in compliance with the principles of their constitution and the applicable legislation.
The main aim of the Ordem dos Enfermeiros is to promote the defence of the quality of nursing care rendered to the population, as well as to develop, regulate and control the practice of nursing and midwifery, guaranteeing that ethical and professional deontology rules are respected. In 2007 there was 54,220 nurses registered with the Ordem dos Enfermeiros.
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