Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolio

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolio

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolio

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The development of my professional portfolio will help link my academic achievements with my professional growth. Burns notes a professional portfolio is “evidence of the nurse’s skills, achievements, and professional experience” (Burns, 2018, p. 16). My professional portfolio will be extensive due to the fact I did not follow the normal track of nursing as my peers and have accomplished a lot academically and professionally the last twelve years ago. I hope to develop a portfolio that will help “paint the picture” of my journey to becoming a nurse practitioner as well as add continued accomplishments to it. To do this, my professional portfolio should fluidly depict how I have both personally and professionally grown over the course of my career including my community achievements (Casey & Egan, 2010). This will also align with Walden University’s strategy of promoting social change. As a nurse in rural area, social change is important to the care provided, received and outcomes of patients. Sadly, I see nurses who lack the knowledge on how health disparities affect patient outcomes. In addition, being knowledgeable in your patient-based disparities helps bridge gaps as well as promote social change. In 2010, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report was released. This report revealed that addressing this gap in education of nurses regarding health disparities can result in a positive outcome of patients who suffer with barriers ranging from food, housing, and health care access to name a few (Stringer, 2019). Through my career as a nurse, I have developed skills in assessing patients and the barriers they challenge directly and indirectly. This in turn has reflected in my compassionate demeanor as well as improving education I provide and help with overcoming these barriers. I plant to utilize the Career Services website through Walden University to help develop a professional portfolio that is neat, organized and thoroughly highlights all aspects of my nursing career, past and present.


Burns, M. K., RN-BC, CCRC, BSN,MS. (2018). Creating a nursing portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16–17.

Casey, D. C., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. British Journal of Community Nursing, 15(11), 547–552. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.11.79625

Stringer, H. (2019, October 8). Nurses target health disparities to impact social change. Nurse.com. https://www.nurse.com/blog/2019/10/08/nurses-target-health-disparities-enact-social-change/#:~:text=Nurses%20target%20health%20disparities%20to%20enact%20social%20change,play%20a%20pivotal%20role%20in%20reducing%20health%20disparities.

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Hello Amanda,

I do agree with you on the statement that a thorough understanding of the health disparities and how they affect the patient’s outcomes is important in the nursing career since it provides the nurse with background information required to initiate the change process in the community. It is the responsibility of the nursing profession to help reduce healthcare inequality in the 21st century. According to WHO there are a number of social determinants of health (SDOH) that have continued to adversely affect the health of the patients and contribute greatly to inequality in healthcare (Preparing Today’s Nurses: Social Determinants of Health and Nursing Education, 2020).

It is the nurses, who are on the forefront of the healthcare systems that are better placed to assess and come up with appropriate solutions to enhancing equity and equality in the healthcare systems and bridge the wide gap that still exists. I do agree with you that a knowledgeable nurse will be who has better training and knowledge outside the acute care environment is able to critically access the patient’s socio-economic situation, the crucial drivers of health like type of job, the security, neighborhood status, cultural and traditional practices and be able to initiate the change process within the community. Such understanding helps the nurse adopt better healthcare strategies, promote health promotion measures and improve the general wellness of the community members and their approach to healthcare (Maier et al., 2018).

I agree with you that the nurse training and educational programs have to emphasize on the need for the nurses to be trained on how to identify and assess how these social determinants of health affect the healthcare outcomes on patients. The professionals who have better skills in analyzing the patient’s social conditions are better placed at being compassionate and helping the patient overcome the health problems and positively appreciate the role of the nursing profession in promoting health and general wellbeing of the members in the society.


Maier, C. B., Budde, H., & Buchan, J. (2018). Nurses in expanded roles to strengthen community-based health promotion and chronic care: policy implications from an international perspective; A commentary. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13584-018-0257-5

Preparing Today’s Nurses: Social Determinants of Health and Nursing Education. (2020). Nursingworld.org. https://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-23-2018/No3-Sept-2018/Social-Determinants-of-Health-Nursing-Education.html
This week\’s discussion is geared towards including strategies of academic activities and accomplishments into your professional development goals. One way I would incorporate my academic activities and achievements into my professional development goals is with a professional nursing portfolio. A professional nursing portfolio is a documentation of accomplishments, professional nursing experience, and skills you are proficient in (Burns, 2018). Having a professional nursing portfolio is an incredible tool. It displays nurse\’s academic and professional achievements as well as highlights expertise in their realm of study. Creating a portfolio is also a building platform for change/growth, advancements, career goals, and specialty pursuits (Cope et al., 2018).

Participation in evidence-based research is another great strategy, as well as being involved in facility/organization training opportunities. Continued education allows for personal and professional growth, learning new techniques and alternative ways to think and address situations that arise. The knowledge and skills gained from research and training are all valuable assets to add to a practitioner\’s academic and professional future.

Walden University provides its students with the necessary tools to create disciplined, ethical, and knowledgeable scholars, creating a positive social change for our society\’s betterment (Walden University, n.d.). Walden\’s vision of social change fits well into what I envisioned my higher education program would resemble. Teaching and allowing me to become a nurse practitioner that values all individuals in the community and raising healthcare standards among them. I have recently have become a leader in a new department at my facility, allowing me to use the knowledge and skills Walden has taught me thus far to positively impact my patients and fellow employees.


Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a nursing portfolio. Ohio Nurse Review, 93(3). 16-17.

Cope, V., & Murray, M. (2018). Use of professional portfolios in nursing. Nursing Standard, 30, 55.

Walden University. (n.d.). Vision, Mission, and Goals. Retrieved January 31, 2021, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=178&navoid=63595
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Hello Kristen,

I agree with you that the participation in evidence-based research is a great way of improving one’s academic and professional portfolio. The evidence-based research in nursing is crucial in generating new skills, knowledge and techniques that will help in improving the nursing practice and promote better patient outcomes and satisfaction. According to WHO, the improvement of healthcare among communities, promoting safe care and health promotion measures that help people stay healthy and reduce the burden and cost on healthcare systems (Li et al., 2019). The incorporation of EBP has been the most salient feature in the new approach to nursing that has helped the nursing professional to continue their education, add more skills, knowledge and techniques that have backing from the research evidence. The nurses who have actively taken part in the successful initiation and implementation of EBP in their practice have a higher professional value and expertise and this will help them in their future career progression and academic work. Such accomplishments are crucial to helping the nurse rise up the ladder of professional growth and take up senior management positions in healthcare organizations and promote change projects that would positively impact societies

I do also agree with you that institutions of higher learning, more specifically Walden University are better placed in providing the necessary infrastructure and framework that helps professionals pursue their dreams and improve their skills and knowledge for better practices. The institutions of higher learning are the avenues through which one can develop their academic and professional portfolio. They are melting pots of knowledge, innovations and exchange of ideas (“Studies in Higher Education,” n.d.).


Li, S., Cao, M., & Zhu, X. (2019). Evidence-based practice. Medicine, 98(39), e17209. https://doi.org/10.1097/md.0000000000017209

Studies in Higher Education. (n.d.). Taylor & Francis. Retrieved February 11, 2021, from https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cshe20/0/0


Learning Resources
Required Readings

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a nursing portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16-17.

Casey, D. & Egan, D. (2013). The use of professional portfolios for career enhancement. British
Journal of Nursing, 15(11), 547–552.

East, R. (2015). Developing a nurse practitioner portfolio. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative
Nursing in Australia, 28(4), 35.

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio.
American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48–49 https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-

Leahy, R., & Filiatrault, A. (2017). Employers’ perceptions of the benefits of employment
electronic portfolios. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7(2), 217-223.

McMillan, L. R., Parker, F., & Sport, A. (2014). Decisions, decisions! E-portfolio as an effective
hiring assessment tool. Nursing Management, 45(4), 52-54.

Spear, M. (2016). Taking charge of your professional growth and development: Where do I
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Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from
Select College of Health Professions, then Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Review the
MSN Learning Outcomes on this page.

Walden University (2018). Creating your curriculum vitae: A building block to your future.
Retrieved from

Walden University. (2018). Curriculum Vitae guide: Build your curriculum vitae (c.v.).
Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/careerservices/cvguide

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Walden templates: Overview. Retrieved October 12,
2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates