Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios
Building a brand and maintaining an academic portfolio is excellent for contributing to one’s success. “They are considered an essential tool in demonstrating professional accomplishments and documenting professional growth for various professions (Williams, & Jordan, 2007). I would include my transcripts in my portfolio. This will show the different courses I have taken and how well I have done in these courses. It will also provide them with an understanding of my level of education. I would also include my state of Michigan nursing license. This will provide them with the understanding that I am board-certified and qualified to perform as a licensed registered nurse. This will benefit achieving my professional developmental goals because they are steppingstones to furthering my academic level from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree.
My goals align with the university’s emphasis on social change on improving the human condition, cultures, society toward an impacting future. I plan to do that with my master’s degree working with patients with mental health illnesses being culturally sensitive, aligning with social change at Walden University. It is critical for health care providers to be culturally sensitive to provide high quality of care. As a Mental health NP, I will also be helping improve the mental well-being of individuals, which is another example of aligning with the university’s goals for social change. I plan to do that by ensuring patients are following their medical care treatment. I also ensure that they are receiving the level of care needed for patients’ success.
To attain our life goals, we must be passionate and dedicated. But what exactly is a hard worker, and how can we identify one? When working toward our goals, we must have a plan and identify the milestones we want to reach. Professional and academic success come from having a strategy, and one of those plans is creating a portfolio of accomplishments. My success strategy begins with my academic achievements. I applied for this graduate degree with Walden in the hopes of completing all of my courses and becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). One method I can accomplish this goal is to create a portfolio of accomplishments. This portfolio can be created electronically and should include all of the material needed to support one’s résumé. According to Burns (2018), a portfolio should include experience, talents, academic achievements, and be structured in a way that would direct the individual toward success. This e-portfolio serves as a road map and roadmap to help us achieve our objectives.
Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 5: Professional Development
In this week’s Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios, you were introduced to the concept of an academic portfolio to begin building your own brand. Portfolios have value that go beyond brand-building however. An academic and
professional portfolio can also help you to build your own vision and mission and establish your development goals. In this regard, a portfolio becomes yet another tool in your toolbox as you build your success.
In this Assignment you will continue developing your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan by developing the fifth component: a portfolio for your academic and professional efforts.
Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios
In the realm of marketing, a successful branding strategy is one of the most important contributors to organizational success. A solid branding strategy can help add visibility and credibility to a company’s products.
Similarly, nurse-scholars can build a personal brand to add visibility and credibility to their work. You can begin building your brand by developing and maintaining an academic portfolio. Such an activity can help share the results of your efforts and contribute to your success. This week’s Discussion asks you to consider and share strategies for building your portfolio.
After graduating from college and completing years of rigorous training, all nurses begin their careers as students. As soon as we have completed the prerequisites for licensure as a nurse, we are ready to begin our professional path. Having a concise description of our accomplishments, credentials, and capabilities is essential. There are several ways to describe the professional portfolio, but one of the most common is to refer to it as a record of a nurse’s education and achievements. Additionally, a best work portfolio comprising specific papers such as awards and accolades can aid in career advancement and advancement in general. If you are looking for a career as a professional nurse, you need to prepare an effective document that will convince potential employers of your worthiness. What are some good ways to keep track of your academic progress?
Creating a Portfolio of Your Work. One’s ePortfolio can be thought of as an electronic fingerprint that provides insight into one’s professional and private life. In order to impress potential employers, we must ensure that the portfolio we put together accurately reflects who we are. Finding pre-existing platforms or templates that can be utilized to develop an initial framework is advocated by the same authors. We can then utilize this structure to organize the personal information we have to create the portfolio’s content. Including academic accomplishments is a good way to enhance one’s ability to excel. Nurses, according to Casey and Egan (2013), should use their own creativity while composing the structure and presentation of a portfolio. Aligning and integrating what an employer is looking for in a candidate can help achieve this An applicant’s self-awareness regarding the job and the organization’s mission and goals might be demonstrated through this, according to the author. One way to ensure that portfolios aren’t just generic but may be tailored for diverse purposes is to use this method. Burns (2018) outlined the various components of a nursing portfolio and underlined the importance of including information that can be independently validated for each component. In order to make it easy for employers to confirm information provided, it is important to provide background information.
Development of a Personal Branding Portfolio. Electronic portfolios were seen as relatively favorable by employers, according to Leahy and Filiatrault (2017), who discussed an article on the subject. As stated in the same article, companies are more likely to get in touch with an applicant if they include in their communication some sort of link to the applicant’s ePortfolio. The majority of job applications are now sent electronically, so it’s critical to take into account the information in this article if you want to improve your chances of engaging with employers by making it easier for them to explore ePortfolios.
Conclusion. A nurse’s path to professional enrichment is influenced by how well she connects with potential employers. In order to accurately portray our professional growth and achievements, we must be able to create the blueprint of our success through the creation of an effective portfolio (Laureate Education, 2018). Building our professional reputation takes time, as does learning new things and honing our existing abilities. As a result, it’s critical that we compile all of our work into a single document, our professional portfolio, that can stand on its own.
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