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  • 2. What is a Professional Portfolio? a structured collection of different types of evidence that show the individual’s professional goals, competencies, career achievements and continuing professional development activities and experiences
  • 3. Why should you have a Professional Portfolio?
  • 4. Florence Nightingale: ‘Nursing is a progressive art in which to stand still is to have gone back’ Nurses are expected to be: • Lifelong learners • Competent practitioners
  • 5. • Provides evidence to demonstrate your ongoing competence to practice • Demonstrates to potential employers your knowledge and skills (novice to expert) • Take control of your professional development • Meet registration standards (CPD, Learning Plan and Evaluation) • Visual evidence of your abilities, achievements and interests
  • 6. More than just a resume! • Resume- education, work history, other background info • Portfolio- evidence of competencies and expertise
  • 7. Identify the purpose of the portfolio Will you use it for an interview, activity for a degree, to initiate a career change, use it for a promotion? Identify the audience Who are they, what do they do and what are they likely to learn about you? Identify relevant characteristics What are your strengths and weaknesses, which of your strengths and skills do you want to showcase and what are the best ways to highlight your skills?
  • 8. Gauge how much time and effort you are willing to put in.
  • 9. Professional Portfolio Feedback CPD Reflection Professional Records Professional Resources Community Activities Employment History (Resume) Evaluation of Practice
  • 10. Resume Current Nursing and /or Midwifery Licence Professional Memberships Certificates
  • 11. Current role description Employment work contracts Employment records Certificates of service Previous role descriptions
  • 12. Competency Standards Assessment tools Code of Ethics Code of Conduct
  • 13. Self evaluation Peer evaluation Client evaluation Supervisor evaluation Commendations/Awards
  • 14. Professional affiliations Involvement in community activities Volunteer work relevant to nursing Letters of recommendation
  • 15. Supervisory meetings Reflections Learning plans Evaluation of learning Evidence of learning
  • 16. Links theory to practice Leads to improvement in practice Don’t be to harsh on yourself, but be realistic Will help identify learning needs
  • 17. Further study – include certificates Conferences – attended or presented In-service education - attended or presented Academic papers or publications Journal club attendance Involvement in projects Committee involvement Personal educational reading
  • 18. Types of Portfolios Assessment- i.e. courses, University requirements Presentation- organised, labelled and prepared for review Learning – monitor progress in meeting professional learning goals
  • 19. Types of Portfolios Learning portfolios: • Working document that provides ongoing evidence of competency/competencies • Can select materials to include in a best-work portfolio
  • 20. Layout can be based on: • Competency standards • Performance appraisal standards • Selection criteria for a position
  • 21. Layout Compilation or shopping trolley/shoebox: • Collection of artefacts over time • Commonly presented at job interviews
  • 22. Layout Process Orientated or Cake Mix: • Reflective components • Provides direction for future learning- activities designed to address learning needs Product Orientated or Spinal Column: • Evidence demonstrates each standard • More holistic- links reflection to justify the evidence
  • 23. Layout Toast Rack or Standards Based: Evidence in slotted into categories i.e. ANMC categories, skills log, employment records No reflection
  • 24. • K.I.S.S • Limit to around 10 artefacts for best work portfolios (i.e. for job interviews) •Scanable in 10min or less •Self-guided and self-contained •Shows your best work •Customise to a specific job