Ask the expert: Develop a portfolio to document nursing competence

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 17, 2009

This week, Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN,BC, provides a list of components that can be featured in a portfolio.

Q: If a portfolio is necessary for an educator, what should I include in it?

A: One of the American Nurses Association standards of professional performance for nursing professional development is that the educator acquires and maintains current knowledge and competency in practice. One of the measurement criteria for this standard is to maintain a personal portfolio that documents ongoing, continuing professional nursing competence.

Portfolios may include the following components:

  • Professional credentials
  • Continuing education
  • Leadership activities
  • Narrative self-reflection of practice
  • Documentation of the relevance of professional learning experiences
  • Examples demonstrating competence in a certain area

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