NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

NURS 6003 Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

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In the competitive environment today, many businesses depend on creating a strong brand to give identity to their product in order to stand out among others (Jones, 2021).  In the same way, creating and maintaining an academic portfolio would assist an MSN scholar to model her personal achievements and show how credible she is at her work. Creation of nurses’ portfolio is necessary for promotion of self-competencies and accomplishments to future employer or current manager (Burns, 2018). According to Burns (2018), nurses’ portfolio is shown as evidence to the accrediting bodies, credentialing boards, and regulatory agencies, as well as for direction of the nurses’ attention to any area in the portfolio that needs attention.

There are different strategies for including academic activities and accomplishments into your professional development goals. E-portfolio is becoming popular strategy in use as most organizations and potential employers are currently using electronic documents to manage data. This can be done through the use of some social media like the LinkedIn or even creation of personal website. In this situation, information such as certifications or continuing education is edited into an electronic resume, paper documents are scanned into the program, a copy is saved in an electronic medium such as compact disc or the google doc, and the file is backed-up regularly (Burns, 2018).

Another strategy is ensuring that your information in the portfolio is discreet, verifiable, and concise. According to Burns (2018), the documents are collated, appearing in a chronological order starting with most recent with the demographic data on the cover page, updated regularly in a formal professional plain three ring binder portfolio. Considering the career goal and employment expectation, the works are summarized yearly.

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            Walden University is now 50 years and before now, she has always had the intension of focusing on fostering social change by promoting accessibility to advanced education, using research to solve imminent problems globally, and educating scholar practitioners in many fields beyond its 50 years anniversary (Walden University, 2017). As a student scholar, the goal is to acquire knowledge and expertise in advanced degree level, adding more strength to the portfolio and effecting a change in the society in alignment with Walden vision for a social change. My goal at the end of MSN program is that I would be one of the agents of social change in the society in accordance with Walden University vision.

References

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16–17. https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=134145921&site=eds-live&scope=site

Jones, K. (2021). The Importance of Branding in Business. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2021/03/24/the-importance-of-branding-in-business/?sh=73b1586c67f7

Walden University. (2017). Walden 2020: A Vision for Social Change 2017 Report. https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/about-walden/walden-university-2017-social-change-report-final-v-2.pdf?rev=5ded98a6d84e4a0096d02c9ec0f458af&hash=3CBA4D20AF7FA7F23BC21D69B2A9EB37

Dorothy, great information that you shared. I agree with what you had said about both academic and professional portfolios. It is known that there are many reasons to begin an electronic portfolio. The main reasons are self-promotion, evidence of outcomes, and structure and direction. Self-promotion would include your competencies and accomplishments. Evidence of outcomes would consist of accrediting bodies and credentialing boards of nursing competencies. You would want to put your educational background and current licensures here. Lastly, structure and direction are the collections of the documents in the portfolio to identify practice and needing attention. This is where goal setting should take place and be reevaluated every 6-12 months (Burns, 2018). Developing a portfolio is a professional requirement, especially for advanced practice registered nurses. Portfolio information is important to maintain your professional requirements and be sure they are up to date. This way, portfolios have the potential to be utilized as a tool that is easily accessible to help support career changes and meet professional obligations (Casey & Egan, 2010).

References

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review93(3), 16–17.

Casey DC, & Egan D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. British Journal of Community Nursing15(11), 547–552.

 

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Amanda,

Thank you for sharing the information in your post. One tip I can share for keeping all of the documents organized is to have separate folders for each criteria. Then, throughout the year just drop the documents in each relative folder. This really helps.

Dorothy,

I love how you used a business and its marketing as an analogy to a nurse and their professional portfolio. I, myself used that same analogy when trying to understand how important the portfolio was and what I would be selling to the buy or consumer, in our case our higher ups. I did find when reading about the components to add to a portfolio or the sections that tend to get overlooked, a main one was the education. Many people take the education section literal and feel as if they are not qualified because a lack of degree. As i mentioned in my discussion post, I am not sure if you read but, according to Pete Kistler, many people miss out on opportunities when branding themselves because they feel that because they didn’t have the adequate education so they leave this area of their portfolio blank when in reality, Pete states that “Even if you haven’t obtained a formalized degree in a specific area, this is a great chance to showcase the steps you’ve taken to master your area of interest in addition to working in the field” (2018). I see now that you can capitalize off this by inputing continue education or even something as simple as a workshop. These two are considered a form of education and enhances ones knowledge that could help with competency in a job setting.

References

Kistler., P. (2018, June 20). 51 Items For Your Professional Career Portfolio + Examples.

BrandYourself Blog | ORM and Personal Branding.

https://brandyourself.com/blog/career/job-search-career/51-items-to-include-in-your-job-

career-portfolio.

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

As children, one of the most popular questions that people commonly ask is, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. At an early age, we are taught to start to think about our future, set goals, and create a plan to accomplish those goals. Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize that this process of dreaming, goal setting, and achievement should be a repeat process and should not stop just because you reached your goal. As a matter of fact, it should motivate you to realize that you accomplished your goal once and you can do it again. For example, in my younger years, many asked me the million-dollar question, and my response was always the same; I want to be a nurse. Retrospectively, I set a goal and accomplished it, so now it is time to develop more goals. It is time to look at the bigger picture and ask myself, what do I want to achieve as a nurse to contribute to my community and influence social change?

This situation is where an academic and professional success plan comes into play. In essence, academic and professional success plans are theoretical drafts of your future on paper to begin to visualize your goals and strategically work to obtain them. “Development of an academic success and professional development plan will help ensure that you are prepared now and throughout your career to make the vision a reality” (Laureate Education, 2018a). For example, if you plan to be the chief nursing officer of your hospital, begin your academic success plan with that goal in mind and write the plan out, including what steps will be required to reach your goal (Laureate Education, 2018b).

Personally, my academic success plan at this point consists of successfully completing the MSN program at Walden University, without having to repeat a course, to continue on my way to achieving my professional development goals. To be successful in accomplishing my academic success plan by completing the MSN program, I plan on devoting time and energy to learn the required material, complete the assignments to the best of my abilities, and ask questions whenever I can. I plan on incorporating tools, such as calendars, to carefully ensure that I do not miss an assignment and allow enough time to complete each project. Similarly, I plan to use my Walden academic advisor, instructors, and professional network as resources for any questions that may arise throughout the program.

My professional development plan is more elaborate; It involves graduating with my master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and eventually working my way into the dermatology and aesthetics field. Since “all professional development plans should also include a provision to participate on an active level in a professional organization,” I plan to join the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN) (Laureate Education, 2018b). Joining a nursing professional organization like ISPAN would ensure that I stay up to date with events in my nursing association to allow me to play an active role while also allowing me to network with nurses and APRNs in a similar field (ISPAN, n.d.).

Another important piece that the professional development plan should include is opportunities for serving your profession and community, which coincides with Walden University’s commitment to social change (Laureate Education, 2018b). According to Walden’s MSN learning outcomes, one result of successfully completing the master’s program is contributing to “high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change” (Walden University, n.d.). In order to promote Walden’s emphasis on social change as a nursing professional, I plan on completing a needs assessment in my community to identify areas that require improvement. Then, I plan on implementing ideas accordingly and volunteering locally to assist in making a difference in the community to promote social change. At this moment, I feel like I may be interested in working with the homeless population, as my area of southern California has a significant homelessness issue that seems to be growing due to the pandemic. Regardless of how I decide to promote social change, I know that I would get joy in knowing that I accomplished my goals and used my accomplishments to help others. However, none of it would be possible without first creating a “vision and a well-conceived plan of how to achieve that vision” through the use of academic and professional development plans (Laureate Education, 2018a).

 

References

International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses. ISPAN. (n.d.). https://ispan.org/.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018a). The Blueprint to Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018b). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Your Professional Development Plan [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

MSN Learning Outcomes. Walden University. (n.d.). https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=179&poid=72167&returnto=65560.

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Elizabeth,

I really like the idea from the references you shared. Creating an individual development plan is a great way to identify professional goals. For me, it helps to have them in writing.

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Great Post Elizabeth,

I agree that having a dream comes with a plan and a goal. Everyone’s dreams and goals might look a little bit different but all have to come with a plan to achieve those goals. I was in the same situation you were, that I undoubtedly wanted to be a nurse. Once completing that achievement, you bring a sense of completion and a whole new level of drive for a new goal. Some might choose to hone in on their nursing skills and specialize in their department, and some like us take to adding to our academic resume. It all comes with a goal and a dream.

It is important for medical professionals, especially advanced nurses to keep a portfolio to document necessary skills, knowledge and training that is needed to be competent in our field of study. “A well-constructed portfolio should show how learning has occurred as well as its application in practice.” (Casey & Egan, 2010). It documents that we have the necessary knowledge to practice and provide care competently and safely to our patients.

 

Thank you for sharing,

Crystal

                           References

Casey, D., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. Br J Community Nurs., 11, 547-8, 550-2. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.11.79625

Crystal,

Being able to acknowledge the rationale for a professional portfolio can help strategize. One of the goals of developing a professional portfolio is to promote oneself. This can be difficult for some, but is certainly an aim of this activity.

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Elizabeth, I thoroughly enjoyed your post and admired your future goals as you have it all figured out.  Boon (2021) wrote that learners learn through a series of processes from collaborative learning to deep learning, reflections, prior knowledge activation, and active seeking of information.  Learning is an ongoing process requiring learners to put on their metacognitive caps and delve deeper into the product and process of their learning.

An e-portfolio is a learner’s tool that aids learners in triggering independent learning, allowing learners to register what they learn and reflect on their progress anywhere and anytime.  It also enhances the development of their self-directed skills.  Using an e-portfolio as a scaffolding too is part of self-directed learning processes, and it is not just dependent on examing the learners’ perception of their learning processes but requires careful orchestration of different domains of technologies.

One of the outcomes of the Walden University, MSN program is to prepare its students to be able to implement specialist nursing roles and to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care (Walden University catalog n.d.), and it appears you have that plan in place by wanting to specialize in cosmetic aspect of health, and help the community and homeless people, as this will raise the standard and health outcomes for diverse populations.

References

Boon, K., S. (2021). E-portfolio implementation: Examining learners’ perception of

usefulness, self-directed learning process, and value of learning. Australasian Journal of

Educational Technology37(1), 68–81.

Walden University (n.d.). Walden University catalog. https://catalog.walden.edu

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Elizabeth,

I love the idea of setting then resetting goals. I have been an RN for thirty years. I’m 58 years old and I am still resetting goals for myself. I don’t know that I will ever stop, nor do I think anyone should, until they feel they have done all they can to accomplish whatever they have set out for themselves.

Last week, a woman I know said to me, “I love how you don’t let your age stop you.” I was a bit taken aback. It hadn’t even occurred to me to consider my age as I pursue my dream of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. And this is not the only dream I have had. I’ve done a lot in my 30 years and I plan to continue doing until I am unable!

As professionals and students, maintaining a digital identity or a digital portfolio is very important. Many employers, academic institutions, colleagues, and even patients will use it to search for information. It is known that 60% to 80% of employers utilize the online portfolios when hiring someone, so it is very important to maintain your digital identity. For an ePortfolio, including your academic experiences is essential, especially if it is clinical experience to show how prepared you are for the position you are applying for (Hannans & Olivo, 2017). As an academic student seeking a professional job, it would also be important to include your coursework through college with evidence of meeting the learning outcomes. When professional experience lengthens, then your portfolio would be less academic and more professional background  (Hannans & Olivo, 2017). Having an ePortfolio leaves a positive impression for employers (Leahy & Filiatrault, 2017). It is a way for professionals to showcase their talents and skills to draw attention to their uniqueness for those who are considering for the hiring. This will then help employers learn more about the applicant than what a traditional job application would offer (McMillan, 2014). These goals align with Walden University’s vision on social change, times are forever changing and Walden is preparing the students for the latest up to date research to create an electronic portfolio to assist in future success for its students.

References

Hannans, J. Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48-49. Retrieved July 21, 2021, from https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Leahy, R. L., & Filiatrault, A. (2017). Employers’ Perceptions of the Benefits of Employment Electronic Portfolios. International Journal of EPortfolio7(2), 217–223.

McMillan, L. , Parker, F. , Sport, A. & (2014). Decisions, decisions! E-portfolio as an effective hiring assessment tool. Nursing Management (Springhouse), 45 (4), 52-54. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000444882.93063.a7.

I enjoyed reading your post. Portfolios come in handy when applying for promotion within an organization. Being able to capture all of your accomplishments in one manner can help

Amanda,

Excellent post on ePortfolios. A nursing ePortfolio is an internet-accessible compilation of a nurse’s education, competence, and accomplishments (Cope & Murray, 2018). At first, it surprised me so many employers, 60%-80%, use online searches when hiring (Hannans & Olivo, 2017). However, I must admit when I have been informed of a new hire, I have searched their name on Facebook to try to find information about them before they start, so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that employers also search online for information about possible future employees. Because of this, it is critical that nurses maintain professionalism with their online social media. One great social media platform for nurses to showcase their academic achievements and professional experience is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is specifically for professional Portfolios and networking (Hannans & Olivo, 2017).

 

References

 

Cope, V., & Murray, M. (2018). Use of professional portfolios in nursing. Nursing Standard32(30), 55.

 

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48-49. https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

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Hi Amanda.

This is insightful, maintaining a digital identity is critical in availing different forms of information for references. Digital identity is commonly applied by academic institutions, employers, and patients in healthcare institutions. Patients often apply digital identity to search for different forms of information that they need from different healthcare institutions (Beck, 2018). Today most employers rely on the online portfolio to identify potential employees. In other words, through an online portfolio, it is easier to trace an individual’s performance and the history of education and work over the years.

While applying for jobs, applicants ought to incorporate academic qualifications, which may involve coursework undertaken through college over the years (Costa & Torres, 2019). Therefore, to become competitive in the job markets, it is necessary for the different professionals to create an effective digital identity. One of the main examples of an online portfolio is Linked in, which mainly connects different professionals and employers. These e-platforms ought to incorporate the academic qualifications and work experiences of an individual. Also, it is essential for different professionals to incorporate their skills and talents into their online portfolios. The idea of digital identity is in line with the objectives and vision of Walden University’s social change.

References

Beck, E. N. (2018). The invisible digital identity: Assemblages in digital networks. Computers and Composition35, 125-140. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S8755461515000092

Costa, C., & Torres, R. (2019). To be or not to be, the importance of Digital Identity in the networked society. Educação, Formação & Tecnologias, (Specia), 47-53. https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/43292/

Great response! I enjoyed reading your post. It’s interesting how you went into great detail regarding digital identity. I agree digital identity is commonly applied by academic institutions, employers and patients in health care institutions. Most facilities rely on digital verification for new hire employees. E-Portfolio is a learner tool that helps identify ones career pathway. Your ePortfolio should give potential employers a full picture of who you are as a nursing professional, whether you’ve been in practice for years or are a recent graduate (Hannans, 2021). It’s important to keep track of all your accomplishments and knowledge you uphold. It also helps others see your value and dedication to your profession.

Thanks again for sharing, best wishes to all…

Hannans, J., & Olivo, Y. (2021, March 16). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse. https://www.myamericannurse.com/craft-a-positive-nursing-digital-identity-with-an-eportfolio/.

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Amanda,

Your discussion brought a lot of awareness, as I reflect and realize in my past that I felt I did not truly have all the components to build a portfolio or resume for that matter because I did not have the work history. I now realize that I could have elaborated on my academic accomplishments more to stand in place and support my ability to perform a job duty.

While reading many of our discussion post, I see that many people focused on academic achievements, continuing education, and work history but while reading the article from Peter Kistler, implementing your people and communication skills is a big one and especially in our line of work. I think one of the ways Kistler mentioned to implement the component of communication could be very helpful for us as nurses. He stated that in doing so one must show ” People and leadership skills (projects or committees you share, projects you initiated, photos of you with important people, mentoring programs, proposals, documents or strategies related to negotiation)” (Kistler, 2018).

With Walden’s emphasis on social change, I feel that doing projects in the community and educating others on the motto of  “health is wealth”  can be a step towards following through with the mission.

References

Kistler., P. (2018, June 20). 51 Items For Your Professional Career Portfolio + Examples.

BrandYourself Blog | ORM and Personal Branding.

https://brandyourself.com/blog/career/job-search-career/51-items-to-include-in-your-job-

career-portfolio.

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Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Paige,

I enjoyed reading your post. There are different categories that help to make a well-rounded professional. Scholarship is one of these categories. This can be met in a variety of ways, such as publishing a manuscript.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Great Post,

I agree that it is important to keep an ePortfolio of one’s academic and professional skills. It provides a framework of how knowledgeable in the field of study one has pursued and outlines the skills and experience that one has. It is important for employers to visually see who they are potentially going to hire to ensure they are equipped for the role. Regular portfolios are equally as important especially during a job interview. As professionals it has taken a lot of education and skills needed for us to practice. Having a portfolio is more in-depth than just a professional resume. “A portfolio should also provide evidence of how an individual has developed both personally and professionally. It is therefore a showcase for past accomplishments and achievements, but can also be used as a dynamic vehicle to enable future career and development planning.” (Casey & Egan, 2010).

Thank you for sharing,

Crystal

References

Casey, D., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. Br J Community Nurs., 11, 547-8, 550-2. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.11.79625

 

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Strategies for Academic Portfolios

A nursing portfolio delivers a collection of pamphlets to demonstrate a nurse’s achievements, experience, participation, and skills (Burns, 2018). Burns (2018) describes the uses for nursing portfolios. Burns stated that the motivation of a portfolio should include self-promotion, evidence of the outcome, structure, and where the person is heading. Nurses will demonstrate their achievements, competencies, and goals to their potential employers through the portfolio. The professional portfolio will not substitute a resume or a Curriculum Vitae (CV), but it will supplement them while endorsing someone’s professional accomplishments (Alfred, 2016).

Strategies

To include academic activities and accomplishments in my professional portfolio, I will list the educational program coursework that I have completed with the degrees earned, including the institution name, dates attended, and study area (East, 2015). I will Identify and include all awards, honors, and professional development experiences. I will include continuing-education certificates for agency, regional, state, or local programs. I will identify the certification number that I received by listing the certification, certifying organization, and certification date and make sure that it is current. Lastly, I will make my portfolio easy to update for future information if necessary; I will make my portfolio an e-portfolio. As I progress in my career, I will edit my portfolio and present myself with updated accomplishments and goals (Casey & Egan, 2010). I will list all information clear and concise manner as I am selling myself to potential employers.

As I stated at the beginning of this class, I work in mental health hospital, and my goal is to obtain a nurse practitioner degree in mental health. Some people called mental health nursing “other kind of nursing,” or they ask me a question such as” why do you chose to work with crazy people?” This area of nursing is very stressful for patients, family members, and us nurses. The good thing is I have a passion for working in mental health care. To promote a social change is to change how people think about mental health nursing and mental illness. To do that, I provide holistic care to my patients by listening to them and respond to their needs. I advocate for them and treat them with no judgment.

References

Alfred, L. (2016). Polishing your professional portfolio. Radiation Therapist, 25(1), 87-88.

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

https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?

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

East, R. (2015). Developing a nurse practitioner portfolio. ACORN: The Journal of

Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 28(4), 35.

 

 

 

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Claudine,

Thank you for sharing your experience. Bringing together career and community involvement helps to promote a well-rounded professional. Many organizations look for such qualities in candidates.

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Hi Claudine,

I enjoyed reading your post, which frankly aligned with mine in strategies, approaches, and areas of particular interest – mental health. There is a famous saying that “when you fail to plan, you have already plan to fail” A nursing portfolio is part of such blueprint planning that guides the nurse through school and to a professional career. When written out and determine the incremental steps to achieve them, the goals lead to success. The key is to aim high (Laureate Education, 2018). The nursing portfolio is in line with Walden University’s positive social change.

Walden University’s mission of positive social change is based on producing quality graduate students who are ready and willing to transform society by their actions and projects that will directly impact everyday people’s problems (Walden University, 2017).

 

References

Laureate Education Inc (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing Your Professional Development Plan (Video file). Baltimore, MD Author.

https://class.content.laureate.net/7662f63590d86b02553e8d697c93fa05.html

Walden University. (2017). Walden 2020: A Vision for Social Change 2017 Report. https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/about-walden/walden-university-2017-social-change-report-final-v-2.pdf?rev=5ded98a6d84e4a0096d02c9ec0f458af&hash=3CBA4D20AF7FA7F23BC21D69B2A9EB37

 

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Strategies for Academic Portfolio

Embarking on this journey to become a psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), at times I wonder if I am choosing the right specialty. If truth be told, I am sometimes terrified when my clients became physically aggressive towards staff. Before becoming a registered nurse, one of my goal was to own and operate a business. I did so for five years as a cosmetologist. However, there was something lacking, I wanted more, therefore I ventured out on my childhood dream which was to become a registered nurse. It has been six years since I achieved my undergraduate degree, and now perusing my advance degree, a part of which is creating a professional portfolio, that is “evidence of the nurse’s skills, achievements, and professional experience” (Burn, 2018). Three strategy I plan on pursuing to develop my portfolio that focuses on my academic achievement are being a full-time student, entrepreneurship, and ePortfilio.

I started Walden University as a part time student, for more than one reason. Firstly, it has been six years since a graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). I know it will take some time for me to get into the swing of things, such as developing a schedule to study and stick with it. Additionally, scholarly writing, synthesizing and critical appraisal are “fundamental skills to be able to identify and appraise the best available evidence to integrate it with your own clinical experience and patients’ values” (Al-Jundi, & Sakka 2017) which takes much practice to master.  Furthermore, this course is 100% online which requires discipline, dedication, and good time management all of which are incorporated into my family and work life. Now I am settling down will become a full-time student staring next semester.

According to (Prentice, 2016) individual must cultivate specific qualities to become and an entrepreneur such as self-motivation, flexibility and being opportunistic. These are the core foundation of any business for it to be successful, having the passion and be will power to take risk, backed by a contingency plan to fall on. Transferring my business ideas from my mind, listing them to the Academic portfolio then transforming them into reality. These qualities not only apply to business but also in health care. Motivation is the driving force for nurses especially since we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Being flexible to meet your client halfway and follow up with encouragement for their participation and use every opportunity to build and maintain a trusting relationship. Although at times, I wonder, I know in my heart this is where I belong. The joy I feel when my clients are care for to the best of my ability is priceless.

A professional nurse portfolio is paramount in keeping “an accurate and up-to-date record of your journey” (Davis, 2015), both academically and professionally. In a society that is technologically driven the need for paper is becoming obsolete. ePortfolio is developed and use to “reflect on your clinical skills and professional growth as a student. The experiences and skills gained as a professional, will help you determine how prepared you are for the positions you are seeking” (Hannans & Olivo, 2017). A part of my personality is to pay attention to things that matter most, one of which will be the ePortfolio by constantly updating it with new knowledge and skills I have gained and being a part of a foundation that restores hope and provide the basis necessities for the homeless living with mental illness. Acquiring these goals will continue to “foster a vision for social change” that started 50years ago (Walden University, 2017). Long after my time on this earth has passed my children will take the mantle and continue the work, I have started that is aligned with Walden University’s vision.

 

References

Al-Jundi, A., & Sakka, S. (2017). Critical Appraisal of Clinical Research. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR,11(5), JE01-JE05. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.7860/JCDR/2017/26047.9942

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

Davis, C. (Ed.). (2015). Developing a professional nursing portfolio. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 13(1), 4. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.nme.0000457285.39465.5c

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today,12(11), 48-49. Retrieved July 20, 2021 from https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Prentice, R. (2016). Book review: Entrepreneurial selves: Neoliberal respectability and the making of a caribbean middle class. Journal of Latin American Studies, 48(3), 648-649. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1017/S0022216X16001279

Walden University. (2017). Walden 2020: A Vision for Social Change 2017 Report. https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/about-walden/walden-university-2017-social-change-report-final-v-2.pdf?rev=5ded98a6d84e4a0096d02c9ec0f458af&hash=3CBA4D20AF7FA7F23BC21D69B2A9EB37

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Guzman

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Andrea,

Great discussion post! I completely agree with you that sometimes it is hard to know if we are making the right choices for our future, or choosing the right career paths. Creating an academic and professional plan can help guide us on the right track by allowing us jot down ideas to set goals and establish the steps necessary to accomplish these goals. “Development of an academic success and professional development plan will help ensure that you are prepared now and throughout your career to make the vision a reality” (Laureate Education, 2018a). Although the plans are not set in stone and can be altered, it is important to start thinking about incorporating a provision to actively participate in a professional nursing organization (Laureate Education, 2018b). Starting with a general professional organization, like the American Nurses Association (ANA), will not only provide an opportunity for networking with other nurses with similar interests and goals, but it will also help us stay up to date with the latest and greatest news and innovations. Setting goals now will give us the motivation that we need to achieve and exceed our expectations in order to contribute as much as possible to our society and the nursing profession.

 

References

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018a). The Blueprint to Success [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018b). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Your Professional Development Plan [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

 

 

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Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Andrea,

I enjoyed reading your post. I appreciate that portfolios are a part of professions and non-discipline. The nursing profession has certainly adopted this practice.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Dorothy Chudi-Agbaku

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Hi Andrea,

It is very good that you have some business acumen that you bring into the nursing profession especially as it concerns branding. Jones (2021), believed that strong branding is essential for marketing of a company’s product in the competitive market. Similarly, the nurses’ ability to create and maintain a captivating portfolio would showcase her achievements and credibility of her work. There are many strategies that could be applied in creation of a good portfolio. In as much as e-portfolio is taking over the hard copies, the aim and strategy of both creations are virtually the same. Information included in the portfolio must be credible, verifiable, and concise. The information is arranged in a chronological order with the most recent coming first. The cover page should comprise of the demographic data and the information is updated regularly especially when new certificates, CE or achievements are acquired (Burns, 2018).

Dorothy.

References

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16–17. https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=134145921&site=eds-live&scope=site

Jones, K. (2021). The Importance of Branding in Business. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2021/03/24/the-importance-of-branding-in-business/?sh=73b1586c67f7

 

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Charity Bock

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My professional development goal is to better the lives of those in my small, rural community by obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing and becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner providing holistic, patient-centered, local care to improve the health of the community members. Creating a professional development plan and professional portfolio will assist me in following the steps needed to meet my goals and highlight what I have accomplished along the way (Burns, 2018). There are many academic activities and accomplishments I am using and will use in the future to achieve my goals. First, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors when I obtained my BSN through Walden helped me secure scholarships that will financially contribute to my goals. Also, because of my academic accomplishment, I was inducted into two honor societies, the National Society of Leadership and Success and Sigma Theta Tau. Being a member of these societies will also help contribute to my FNP goal through the availability of networking, career development, access to evidence-based articles, continuous learning, leadership programs, and grant writing seminars (Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, n.d.).

In order to complete the MSN-FNP certificate requirements, four practicums’ must be completed. The practicums required are primary care of adults across the lifespan, primary care of adolescents and children, advanced nurse practice in reproductive health care, and synthesis in advanced nursing practice of patients in family care settings (Walden University, n.d.). Completing these practicums’ will give me the knowledge and skills needed to obtain my FNP goal and excel in providing quality care to my patients.

Walden University is committed to providing the tools and resources needed to enable its graduates to promote social change (Walden University, n.d.). The MSN-FNP program at Walden will give me the knowledge and skills to become a leader in my field, contribute to high-quality healthcare delivery, and improve patient outcomes. Providing care as a Family Nurse Practitioner in my community will allow me to promote health and treat illness by using research and evidence-based practice to guide my decision-making while I meet my goals of providing holistic, patient-centered care to members of my community.

 

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

 

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. (n.d.). Sigma releases two new online courses that support nurse leader development. https://www.sigmanursing.org/connect-engage/news-detail/2021/01/12/sigma-releases-two-new-online-courses-that-support-nurse-leader-development

 

Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=179&poid=72167&returnto=65560

 

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Dorothy Chudi-Agbaku

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Hi Charity,

Good post. Congratulations on your achievement in BSN. I wish to add here that it is of utmost importance for nurses to create their portfolio for promotion and exhibition of personal competencies and accomplishments to either the prospective employer or their current manager as well as to show it as an evidence to the regulatory agencies, accrediting bodies, and credentialing boards (Burns, 2016). It can also be a source of direction to any area that need more attention at a glance for nurse. With the increase in the use of internet almost everywhere, e-portfolio has become in vogue and common strategy in use. Most organizations and potential employers currently prefer the using electronic document to manage their data. Some may use social media such as LinkedIn and may even decide to create personal website. The e-portfolio is saved in electronic medium such as different kinds of disks or the google doc and certifications and CE are edited in as it is acquired and the backup of the file is done regularly (Burns, 2018). Acquiring more academic knowledge and professional expertise as graduates, the nurses would effect some social change in the society in accordance with the Walden University vision for social change by the year 2020 and beyond (Walden University, 2017).

Dorothy.

References

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review, 93(3), 16–17. https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=134145921&site=eds-live&scope=site

Walden University. (2017). Walden 2020: A Vision for Social Change 2017 Report. https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/about-walden/walden-university-2017-social-change-report-final-v-2.pdf?rev=5ded98a6d84e4a0096d02c9ec0f458af&hash=3CBA4D20AF7FA7F23BC21D69B2A9EB37

 

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Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Charity,

Portfolios are like branding yourself. My mentor once told me a portfolio is a professional way of bragging about yourself. I often find that hard to do.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Claudine Morgan

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Good post, charity,

Congratulation on your BSN with Summa Cum Laude Honors. This reminds me of the Cum Laude I received when I graduated with my BSN at South Western Adventist University in 2014. High standard academic achievement can add an important outcome when selling yourself to potential employers. However, a well-developed portfolio provides potential employers with a profound understanding of the scope of your academic excellent with honors, awards, and professional experience and evaluation. Nurses who have devoted time and energy in their careers should highpoint their accomplishments in a clear and systematized way (Burns, 2018). The professional portfolio will not substitute a resume or a Curriculum Vitae (CV), but it will supplement them while endorsing someone’s professional accomplishments (Alfred, 2016).

As this world becomes more digital than ever before, it will be essential to make your portfolio an e-portfolio; this will make your portfolio easy to update for future accomplishments if necessary.  As you progress in your career, you will edit your portfolio and present yourself with updated accomplishments and goals (Casey & Egan, 2010).

References

Alfred, L. (2016). Polishing your professional portfolio. Radiation Therapist, 25(1), 87-88.

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

https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?

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

 

 

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Elizabeth Guzman

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Charity,

I really enjoyed reading your discussion post. I especially love that you touched on your goal to better the lives of the individuals in your small, rural community. A huge piece of every professional development plan is to include a plan to serve your profession and community (Laureate Education, 2018). By making your community a priority and working towards you goal to improve their lives, you are already off to a great start in your professional development plan. In addition to this, part of Walden’s MSN learning outcomes includes being able to “contribute to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change,” which is also very fitting with your ultimate goal (Walden University, n.d.). Not to mention, being a part of honors societies, like Sigma Theta Tau, can help keep you current with news in the nursing community, as well as opportunities for innovative conferences. All of this information, can be used to help achieve your goal to better serve your patients. As nurses we truly do have a gift to touch the lives of those in need around us, and it sounds like your community is lucky to have you.

 

References

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). The Walden Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Your Professional Development Plan [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

MSN Learning Outcomes. Walden University. (n.d.). https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=179&poid=72167&returnto=65560.

 

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Madeline De La Cruz Maldonado

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It was lovely reading your post and about the goals you have set out to better the lives of others. I have always lived in large cities, and I see you mentioned that you are from a small, rural community. Going on to pursue a graduate degree will be great for your community because you will be able to provide care and fill in the gaps where there is a need. Creating a professional development plan and portfolio will assist you in working toward your goals. Burns (2018) states that a nursing portfolio is key to having a clear plan and information readily available. It helps create a clear picture of our goals and accomplishments. You sound like you have everything set and planned. I am excited that you are going to pursue your goals. Jones (2021) explains that our portfolios are a way of branding ourselves and promoting ourselves to future employees and preceptors. It is great that everything is available in electronic forms now a days. Thankfully we can have everything a click away. Congratulations on your goals and hope you achieve everything you have set out for yourself.

 

 

 

References

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

https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?

 

Jones, K. (2021). The Importance of Branding in Business. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2021/03/24/the-importance-of-branding-in-business/?sh=73b1586c67f7

 

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Alena Nichols

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As someone continues their nursing education, it’s important to maintain an accurate and updated portfolio of their journey. Developing a professional nursing portfolio is one way to preserve your education, clinical, and professional accomplishments (Davis, 2015). By doing so, it provides pertinent information to your peers, co-workers, colleagues, employers and faculty regarding your accomplishments and background.  Your professional portfolio should contain a summary of your education, licensure, and employment history with supporting documents, such as copies of college or graduate school transcripts, licenses, continuing education units, in-services attendance, awards, annual performance appraisals, dates of promotions, and letters of recommendation from current or previous employers and colleagues (Davis, 2015).

The two strategies I would use for including academic activities and accomplishments would be utilizing E-Portfolio and keep it simple.  It today’s era, it seems as though everything is going to computers. I can recall when I first became a nurse, we used paper charting and paper mediation administration records. Technology is constantly growing.  Therefore, I believe E-Portfolio is the best way to stay updated with the latest technology.  As health professionals, nurses are responsible for staying abreast of current professional knowledge (Green, 2014). The second strategy I would use would be keeping it simple and precise. It’s important to be prudent and organize.

In order to promote Walden’s emphasis on social change as a nursing professional, I plan on leading my community with compassion and dedication. I believe the way to promote social change is to lead by example. My goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and to work in a rural area. I chose a rural area because they have the limited access to health care. I want to make a difference because I truly believe nursing is more than a job, it’s a calling. Despite ones ethical or cultural background, everyone deserves equal opportunity to receive honest and caring health care. I want to be the one to make a difference not on in our community but in the lives of others. That’s how I plan to promote social change.

 

Davis, C. (2015, January). Developing a professional nursing portfolio : Nursing made Incredibly Easy. LWW. https://journals.lww.com/nursingmadeincrediblyeasy/Fulltext/2015/01000/Developing_a_professional_nursing_portfolio.1.aspx.

 

Green, J., Wyllie, A., & Jackson, D. (2014, January). Electronic portfolios in nursing education: a review of the literature. Nurse education in practice. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24090523/.

 

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Alena Nichols

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This is my edited post.. (corrected misspelled word).

 

As someone continues their nursing education, it’s important to maintain an accurate and updated portfolio of their journey. Developing a professional nursing portfolio is one way to preserve your education, clinical, and professional accomplishments (Davis, 2015). By doing so, it provides pertinent information to your peers, co-workers, colleagues, employers and faculty regarding your accomplishments and background.  Your professional portfolio should contain a summary of your education, licensure, and employment history with supporting documents, such as copies of college or graduate school transcripts, licenses, continuing education units, in-services attendance, awards, annual performance appraisals, dates of promotions, and letters of recommendation from current or previous employers and colleagues (Davis, 2015).

The two strategies I would use for including academic activities and accomplishments would be utilizing E-Portfolio and keep it simple.  It today’s era, it seems as though everything is going to computers. I can recall when I first became a nurse, we used paper charting and paper medication administration records. Technology is constantly growing.  Therefore, I believe E-Portfolio is the best way to stay updated with the latest technology.  As health professionals, nurses are responsible for staying abreast of current professional knowledge (Green, 2014). The second strategy I would use would be keeping it simple and precise. It’s important to be prudent and organize.

In order to promote Walden’s emphasis on social change as a nursing professional, I plan on leading my community with compassion and dedication. I believe the way to promote social change is to lead by example. My goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and to work in a rural area. I chose a rural area because they have the limited access to health care. I want to make a difference because I truly believe nursing is more than a job, it’s a calling. Despite ones ethical or cultural background, everyone deserves equal opportunity to receive honest and caring health care. I want to be the one to make a difference not on in our community but in the lives of others. That’s how I plan to promote social change.

 

Davis, C. (2015, January). Developing a professional nursing portfolio : Nursing made Incredibly Easy. LWW. https://journals.lww.com/nursingmadeincrediblyeasy/Fulltext/2015/01000/Developing_a_professional_nursing_portfolio.1.aspx.

 

Green, J., Wyllie, A., & Jackson, D. (2014, January). Electronic portfolios in nursing education: a review of the literature. Nurse education in practice. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24090523/.

 

 

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Amanda Lauer

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Alena, I enjoyed reading your post and learning about your past experiences. I also agree with keeping it simple when creating your ePortfolio. I agree when you said that nurses are expected to stay up to date with the forever-changing technologies. It is also important to keep your ePortfolio up to date as well with your employers in the future as some employers will utilize your electronic portfolio to be sure continuing education is updated along with any professional development or certifications are up to date (TB, n.d.). I think that it is amazing that you want to work in a rural area, I live near a lot of rural areas in Illinois. “Missed opportunities for prevention and inequitable access to care have been identified as major factors leading to inefficiencies in the health system” (Andermann & CLEAR Collaboration, 2016). Someday you will be able to serve your community and make health care more accessible.

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Andermann, A., & CLEAR Collaboration (2016). Taking action on the social determinants of health in clinical practice: a framework for health professionals. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l’Association medicale canadienne188(17-18), E474–E483. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.160177

TB;, K. R. L. C. J. M. B. R. J. K. (n.d.). The development of an ePortfolio for life-long reflective learning and auditable professional certification. European journal of dental education : official journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19630931/.

 

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8 months ago

Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Alena,

Great point regarding continuing education. Now that many conferences are virtual, I have had greater opportunities to attend.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Modesta Gathers

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Hi Alena.

This is insightful, as someone continues their nursing education, it’s important to maintain an accurate and updated portfolio of their journey. While developing an online portfolio, it is necessary for an individual to incorporate academic qualifications, work experiences, as well as talents and skills. While engaging in the recruitment processes, employers often look into the online portfolios to determine the suitability of the potential candidates; this explains why t potential candidates ought to incorporate a comprehensive online portfolio (Beck, 2018).

The portfolio should contain a summary of your education, licensure, and employment history with supporting documents, such as copies of college or graduate school transcripts, licenses, continuing education units, in-services attendance, and awards that have been obtained over the years. For many healthcare institutions, recruitment of the workforce involves analysis of the potential candidates before the recruitment process (Hannans et al., 2017). Nursing candidates of professionals should therefore create a compelling portfolio that incorporates their overall achievement in the academic, professional, and general life experiences. As an academic student seeking a professional job, it would also be important to include your coursework through college with evidence of meeting the learning outcomes. When professional experience lengthens, then your portfolio would be a less academic and more professional background.

 

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Beck, E. N. (2018). The invisible digital identity: Assemblages in digital networks. Computers and Composition35, 125-140. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S8755461515000092

Hannans, J. Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48-49. Retrieved July 21, 2021, from https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

 

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Modesta Gathers

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 Strategies for Academic Portfolios

Professional and students in different nursing programs ought to develop professional goals or objectives. Developing a professional portfolio is one of the best approaches that can be applied in creating goals. Creating an effective professional portfolio is one of the best ways of presenting achievement, skills, as well as professional experiences among nurses. For nurses, having a great portfolio is essential in providing self-promotion, an effective professional outcome, and a structured direction in achieving various objectives (Burns, 2018). The main objective of this discussion is to evaluate two major strategies for including academic activities and accomplishment into my professional development goals.

The development and incorporation of a resume are one of the best strategies that can be employed in the professional development goals. Resumes are often applied in the description of one’s qualifications as well as their uniqueness in educational and professional practices. Resumes should showcase strengths that match the job description (Mokhtari-Nouri et al., 2018). An effective resume ought to grab the attention of employers and be able to showcase the strongest accomplishments. Through the incorporation of strength in the resume, a professional can develop a powerful document that can ensure career advancement and improvement in the level of competency.

Recommendations and evaluations from different managers are other strategies that can be applied in professional development. The inclusion of feedback and evaluations from previous managers and supervisors can provide information involving education, work ethics, and abilities of an individual and goals that they intend to achieve (U.S. Department of Labor, 2021). While developing a professional portfolio, it is necessary to include feedback received from supervisors, organizational managers, as well as colleagues in nursing practices. The incorporation of the above factors enhances or facilitates a sense of empowerment. A nursing portfolio is a significant tool that showcases an individual achievement and their ability to undertake different activities in the actual work environment.

Walden University stresses the positive social change to allow nurses to develop a positive attitude towards work processes through the creation and application of effective strategies, ideas, and actions towards promoting dignity worth and strong corporate cultures (Walden University, n.d). The development of an effective professional portfolio should include a resume as well as feedbacks and recommendations from educators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Mokhtari-Nouri, J., Mollahadi, M., Khademolhoseini, S. M., & Khaghanizadeh, M. (2018). The portfolio as a tool for mentoring in nursing students: A scoping review. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 23(4), 241–247. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijnmr.ijnmr_195_17

U.S. Department of Labor. (2021). Why You Need a Great Resume. CareerOneStop. https://www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/Resumes/ResumeGuide/WhyYouNeedaGreatResume/why-you-need-a-great-resume.aspx

Walden University. (n.d.). Academic Guides: Center for Social Change: Walden and Social Change. Retrieved April 19, 2021, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/social-change/mission

 

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Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Modesta,

I enjoyed reading your post. When looked at collectively, portfolios can help to promote the nursing profession for all of our contributions to healthcare.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Madeline De La Cruz Maldonado

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Thank you for your post and input about developing a professional portfolio. You’re right about it being the best way in which to promote ourselves, create goals, and it is efficient when presenting it to others since we have everything readily available in one place. You made a great point about discussing resumes and how they play a role in our portfolios. Resumes provide a vast amount of information in an organized manner that allows the viewer to get an idea our experiences, talents, and skills. This is not to replace our professional portfolio by any means, but rather it will supplement it. Cope & Murray (2018) explain that using professional portfolios in nursing are a great way to demonstrate the competencies we say we have in a resume. They are proof of accomplishments and present evidence of our skills and talents. Davis (2015) states that we must always make sure we have a professional portfolio ready with everything we have achieved, awards, and licensing  for when we are asked to present it. Constantly updating this also allows us to take note of all the accomplishments we have achieved and allows us to want to strive for more. Thanks for your post, it was great reading it.

 

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Cope, V., & Murray, M. (2018). Use of professional portfolios in nursing. Nursing Standard32(30), 55.

 

Davis, C. (2015). Developing a professional nursing portfolio : Nursing made Incredibly Easy. LWW. https://journals.lww.com/nursingmadeincrediblyeasy/Fulltext/2015/01000/Developing_a_professional_nursing_portfolio.1.aspx.

 

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As I became a nurse, I had no idea exactly where I would end up. To be honest I have always thought I would have worked in OB. I have always loved the atmosphere of pregnancy and newborn babies. I remember when I had my first child thinking my midwife had the best job ever. As time went on, I remembering wondering what road life would take me on. I had some hiccups in my career path which led me to home health nursing. After my spouse passed away unexpectedly, I needed to be around more flexibly with my young children. I remember feeling that I was getting so far away from what I had always thought I would be doing in my career path. I have since learned that I have been on the path that was exactly right for me the whole time. I have continued to add to my professional goals by continuing my education. It was a large win for me professional and academically speaking when I completed my Bachelors degree. Having this added diploma to my profession has allowed for me to become more self-aware as to what I can truly accomplish in life and especially add to better quality of care for my patients. As I continue on down this amazing journey of professional and academic goals, I plan to change career paths and find my way back into the OB field of practice. I believe I could best utilize my Master’s Degree in this field of study because it has been a passion of mine and I plan to capitalize on my passion to best impact this field of study. This has become a blueprint of what my academic and portfolio will look like. “A portfolio should also provide evidence of how an individual has developed both personally and professionally.” (Casey & Egan, 2010).

In addition to advancing my degree and continuing education I plan to actively play apart in ongoing research studies and programs to better provide care. It is important to me to be part of the bigger picture of the profession. We provide care to our community and because of that I want to be apart of the political side and the implementation process of policy to provide excellent care.

Walden’s goal of positive social change aligns with my professional goals as well as my academic goals. I feel that I will receive the best mentoring through my professors in each course as well as the team that guides us through our master’s process. They have the same goal as students, which is to provide “students, alumni, and faculty are committed to improving the human and social condition by creating and applying ideas to promote the development of individuals, communities, and organizations, as well as society as a whole.” (Walden University, n.d.). Walden prides themselves on providing the student body with knowledgeable information to allow them to practice in their fields with safety, advocacy and vital tools to serve each and every community.

Portfolio development is like a palm print, each individual has a different one. Each one is unique in that each path is important and continues to grow.

 

References

Casey, D., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. Br J Community Nurs., 11, 547-8, 550-2. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.11.79625

Walden University. (n.d.). Catalog. Retrieved from Walden: https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=179&navoid=65571

 

 

 

 

 

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Alena Nichols

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Crystal,

Great post! I enjoyed reading your response. I commend you for achieving your BSN, despite the lost of your spouse. I also had a change in my career when my children unexpectedly lost their father as well. I remember starting a job as a wound care specialist, at a long-term care facility because it worked best with three small children. But God got us through it. It’s ironic how the hard times is what makes us stronger. I am proud of all your accomplishments and wish nothing but the best for your future. I am also seeking a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I desire to make a difference in society  especially rural areas where access to health care is limited.  For decades, U.S. rural areas have experienced shortages of primary care providers. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are helping to reduce that shortage (Ortiz, 2018).  Social change is important to acknowledge. However, we have the power to make a difference in health care.

Thanks again for sharing such a great post! Best wishes…

Ortiz, J., Hofler, R., Bushy, A., Lin, Y.-L., Khanijahani, A., & Bitney, A. (2018, June). Impact of Nurse Practitioner Practice Regulations on Rural Population Health Outcomes. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29914051/.

 

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8 months ago

Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Crystal,

Joining a professional organization can help to engage in national and global policies. I also participate in healthcare legislation for my state. We need more nurses involved in these practices.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Charity Bock

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Crystal,

 

Excellent discussion post. I think it is fantastic you want to actively participate in research studies and become politically involved to improve healthcare. Those are both excellent ways to use your advanced nursing degree to promote Walden University’s vision for positive social change (Walden University, n.d.). Also, joining a professional nursing organization, like the American Nurses Association or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, can help you network further and open more opportunities for you in both of those areas. Nursing research and political involvement are both excellent activities to include in your nursing portfolio. A nursing portfolio is a compilation of a nurse’s achievements, skills, and professional experience and can be used for career advancement (Burns, 2018).

 

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

 

Walden University. (n.d.). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). https://catalog.waldenu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=179&poid=72167&returnto=65560

 

 

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Royelle Clarke

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Becoming a nurse was truly not the first career I decided on.  I started my journey with the anticipation of becoming a pediatrician.  I enjoyed working with children, but only so I could make them smile and enjoy their laughter.  As I continued to venture into my studies, I realized that pediatrics was not for me because I did not like seeing sick kids because I did not want to see them hurting.  I encountered one child I was caring for during my clinicals that changed my world. She was diagnosed with Leukemia, and she truly stole my heart and then passed away. I prayed and prayed and asked for direction and He led me into nursing.  I started off as a medical assistant, to certified nursing assistant, to LPN, ADN and then my BSN.  After 21 years in the medical field, I am back to where I began, wanting to change lives, better my community and work with children.

Being able to add my academic activities and accomplishments to my career path has allowed advancement in places I never thought I would have the opportunity to enjoy.  The ability to first find a mentor who could guide me in my nursing journey was very impactful and an accomplishment for me.  According to Scottland (2007) mentoring relationship builds and individuals communication and people skills as well as personal development to include how to demonstrate equality and diversity.   This allowed my mentor to guide me and give criticism in the areas I needed development on so that when I face these situations again, I would be better prepared.   Another positive impact was the ability to join Sigma Theta Tau and other organizations based on my academic success.  These organizations allowed me to be a part of a group that had voices in the community and impact in the board room.  This was very insightful for me because it allowed me to develop my role in these groups based off the leaders that were already in place.   My colleagues encouraged me to push myself and to network within other organizations so that I can have my foot in the door at many places for possible advancement in my career.

Walden’s approach to social change states for us as practitioners to be diverse and have a positive social change by promotion of organizations, cultures innovative ideas.  The ability to incorporate my participation with my mentor, which assisted in transforming me to become the best me, as well being a part of a dynamic organization like Sigma Theta Tau which allowed me to meet many different people and enhance my diversity, has played a major role in developing my path.

 

 

 

Scottland, N. E. (200). National Approach to Mentor Preparation for Nurses and Midwives.

Nursing_Vol3_Issue2_Article_7.pdf (texilajournal.com)

Walden University. (n.d.). Academic Guides: Center for Social Change: Walden and Social Change. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/social-change/mission

 

 

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8 months ago

Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Royelle,

I enjoyed reading your post. Pursuing an education is hard work and we should acknowledge our endeavors. A portfolio can help with this.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Stephanie LaChapelle

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Strategies for Academic Portfolios

     A portfolio is a way to showcase the experience and education that a nurse has obtained over the course of her career. While a resume, or curriculum vitae gives a brief synopsis of career and academics, the portfolio expands upon achievements. I had not ever considered putting together a portfolio; but upon reflection, I can see why it would be a good idea to put one together. I have been a nurse for over 30 years;   well thought out portfolio would be an asset when looking for and applying for a position in my new career path.

The Growth and Development portfolio is the best choice for demonstrating educational achievements. I think in my case this is the best style of portfolio; the majority of my nursing career has been in the area of women and children’s health. I am looking forward to a change in career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My academic journey as well as my volunteer work will help to establish my interest and the steps I have taken to achieve my goal.

Conversely, a Best Work Portfolio showcases some of the work and accomplishments I have completed over the years. Some countries require portfolios from nurses in order to maintain credentialing (Burns, 2018).

Nurses are required to maintain their licenses by taking a certain number of educational offerings throughout each licensing cycle. A portfolio is a great way to organize the certificates of attendance that may be requested by the licensing agency, and by digitally adding it to a portfolio, it’s accessible during interviews by possible employers.

I always considered a portfolio to be something that an artist or crafter would use. I am enthusiastic about the idea of using a portfolio in my nursing career. I think it will be an asset as I try to make my way into a new and exciting career path.

 

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review93(3), 16–17.

Cope , V., & Murray , M. (2018). Use of professional portfolios in nursing. Nursing Standard (2014+), 32(30), 55.

 

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Claudine Morgan

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Well-done Stephanie,

I agree with you on preparing a well-done portfolio. Creating a portfolio that is professional and organized is essential (Burns, 2018). However, since most everyone wants to add a portfolio to his resume, adding personality to stand out may be needed.  All the works you listed are brilliant ways to stand out as well. Since you have worked long enough-30 years, I think thankfulness letters from patients are suitable for a personal touch. Adding academic goals to your portfolio demonstrates that you are interested in continuing education (Casey & Egan, 2010).  According to Casey and Egan (2010), put together a portfolio can be more than a chronological record of your education and accomplishments; it can also function as a self-assessment tool and work as a path to help you reach your goals.

References

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

https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?

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

 

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Stephanie LaChapelle

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Hi Claudine,

It’s funny, I thought the same thing. I have saved every single thank you that I have ever received from a patient. I will scan some of them into my phone so I have them ready.

Stephanie

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Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Stephanie,

I enjoyed reading your post. Portfolios have come a long way. No longer are they reserved for actors, models, or artists. Instead, many professions are adopting this practice.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Onyemaechi Okoronkwo

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Every completed project was once an idea in somebody’s mind, which, when put in a blueprint and with incremental works become a dream come true (Laureate Education, 2018). The nursing portfolio helps guide such goals through conception, academic activities, honor, awards, achievements, accomplishments, and professional career. Nurses should be able to encapsulate this in a nursing portfolio, even as nursing students. According to Dennison, 2007 as cited in Burns 2018, “professional portfolio is evidence of the nurse’s skills, achievements, and professional experience” There are some strategies that I would employ in developing my academic activities and accomplishment into professional development goals.

Academic activities, progress, and accomplishments proceed with professional careers. Every field trip, excursion, industrial training, preceptorship, practicum, project, research paper, and thesis should be chronologically documented as academic achievement leading to a professional portfolio. A nursing portfolio should contain certificates, be regularly updated, maintain professional appearances, and check to eliminate typographical and grammatical errors (Burns, 2018).

The emerging technological advancement would be one of the strategies to maintain both a traditional paper file nursing portfolio and an electronic software package for e-portfolio (Casey & Egan, 2010). The benefits of this strategy are numerous, like reflecting on the clinical and professional growth and reflecting on the skills, experience and readiness for the position seek (Hannans & Olivo 2017). These strategies strengthen the novice nurse from the academic sphere into the professional career health care provider in line with the Walden University positive social change. To bring this closer home, I have a friend who recommended Walden University to me, an advanced nurse graduate of Walden University as a Psychiatrist nurse practitioner making a difference in the community, promoting the worth and dignity of people with mental health, and giving them holistic care.

 

References

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review93(3), 16–17.

Casey DC, & Egan D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. British Journal of Community Nursing15(11), 547–552.

Hannans, J & Olivo, Y (2017). Craft a Positive Nursing Digital Identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48-49. Retrieved https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-identity-1017a-1.pdf

Laureate Education Inc (2018). The Blueprint to Success (Video file). Baltimore, MD Author.

https://class.content.laureate.net/7662f63590d86b02553e8d697c93fa05.html

 

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Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Onyemaechi,

Thank you for sharing your post. I am glad you are able to relate your personal and professional goals to Walden’s message regarding social change.

Dr. Harrison

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Jennifer McKee

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Hi Onyemaechi, I appreciate the points you made regarding the strategies for using newer technology and how one can benefit as a scholar practitioner.  The need for social change surrounding mental health is apparent and appreciate the fact others have the same vision.  According to Elshami, Abuzaid, Guraya, and David (2018) e-portfolios are a way to increase an individuals learning experiences and can contribute to lifelong learning capabilities (p.521).

References

Elshami, W. E., Abuzaid, M. M., Guraya, S. S., & David, L. R. (2018). Acceptability and potential impacts of innovative E-Portfolios implemented in E-Learning systems for clinical training. Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences13(6), 521–527. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2018.09.002

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Paige Jackson

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                                                Strategies for Academic Portfolios

            Much of nursing and its professionals are quite like those of items that are sold by supply and demand. Like the oil and gas industry, the medical field will always be in demand for nurses and their counterparts. I believe a nurse’s portfolio is their profile to sell themselves. While looks are good, and not in a literal manner, but figuratively, a company investing in a nurse or vice versa a nurse investing their time into a company, wants to know what you have to offer beyond the surface.

When reading about the use of professional portfolios, Casey, and Egan, stated that “Individual portfolios will therefore be unique in terms of content and presentation, reflecting the specific professional biography of that health professional. Although part of the function of maintaining a portfolio may be as a storage portal for certificates, transcripts and job descriptions, it should provide much more than just a career resumé or curriculum vitae summarizing academic and work history. A portfolio should also provide evidence of how an individual has developed both personally and professionally. It is therefore a showcase for past accomplishments and achievements, but can also be used as a dynamic vehicle to enable future career and development planning” (2010). Many nurses begin building their portfolio before they even truly become a registered nurse or complete school. What I witnessed in school were many of my friends who not only took pride in their grades to pass but to also look good on paper and become apart of the scholarly clubs the school had to offer. In return they were able to receive grants and scholarships to help pay for school. Joining clubs in school whether it was related to nursing or not shows others that you are dedicated to something when you begin it and are a team player. Many of these achievements helped distinguish them between themselves and the next nurse who may have been interested in the same position as themselves.

While I did not understand back then how important it is to have a portfolio due to my struggles academically in school, I now see that you can create a profile beyond your academics. Being apart of social associations, volunteer groups, continuing education and workshops are many other ways to build a professional portfolio for yourself. According to Pete Kistler, many people miss out on opportunities when branding themselves because they feel that because they didn’t have the adequate education so they leave this area of their portfolio blank when in reality, Pete states that “Even if you haven’t obtained a formalized degree in a specific area, this is a great chance to showcase the steps you’ve taken to master your area of interest in addition to working in the field” (2018).

The professional portfolio is made up of many components, and while I have accomplished and contributed to many of the components, I believe there are some that I can add to help me in the future. With Walden’s emphasis on social change, I feel I can enroll in workshops that help further my knowledge. I also think that networking and becoming apart of a nurses’ association in my community will help further advance me socially and knowledgeably as nurse. The components help contribute to the constant social change and evolvement of nursing.

 

 

References

Casey DC, & Egan D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career

enhancement. British Journal of Community Nursing15(11), 547–552.

 

Kistler., P. (2018, June 20). 51 Items For Your Professional Career Portfolio + Examples.

BrandYourself Blog | ORM and Personal Branding.

https://brandyourself.com/blog/career/job-search-career/51-items-to-include-in-your-job-

career-portfolio.

 

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Paige, previously, I also did not fully understand the importance and significance of creating an e-portfolio.  However, while going through this module, it is clear to me the importance of creating an accurate and up-to-date e-portfolio.  According to Hannans (2017), we leave digital footprints everywhere, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and prospective employers do online searches of potential hires.  Knowing this, we have to control our digital identity, making sure it portrays us in a good light and makes the portfolio content easily accessible to one-click viewers because some people do not like to search. Eportfoliohub (2016) listed several websites to use in building an e-portfolio.

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ePortfolio platforms for use in higher education –portfolio hub (2016)  https://eportfoliohub.ie

Hannans, J. & Olivio, Y., (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an e-portfolio.

American Nurse Today 12(11), 48-49. https://americannursetoday.com/wp-

content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

 

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Andrea Clarke-Uter

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Paige

Very interesting post, until recently I didn’t realize how well thought out, and in depth a professional profile should be. It wasn’t clear to me then. I once overheard our Nurse Administrator spoke about how to promote yourself including having a personal identification card. Honestly, we weren’t attentive because it was a nurse’s day conference, we were just having a good time. I deeply regret not paying attention. Nurses are encouraged to dedicate themselves to create e-portfolios, to take advantage of digital footprints that demonstrates their skills and experiences (Hannans & Olivo2017), to ensure that they are seen in a positive light by potential employers, academic institutions, colleagues, and patients (pg. 48). According to Burns (2018) creating a portfolio promote oneself by showing accrediting bodies, evidence of the nurse’s competence, and for structure and direction by compiling and examining the documents in the portfolio that allow areas of practice which needs attention to be identified (pg. 16-17).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurses Today, 12(11), 48-49. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

 

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Onyemaechi Okoronkwo

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Hi Paigen,

I agree with your post; a nursing portfolio encompasses past achievement and accomplishment and is a vehicle to future career development and planning.  A nursing portfolio should contain certificates, be regularly updated, maintain professional appearances, and check to eliminate typographical and grammatical errors. Add, remove and replace applications in the portfolio and other professional activities needed for a specific project (Burns, 2018).

Walden University’s mission of positive social change is based on producing quality graduate students who are ready and willing to transform society by their actions and projects that will directly impact everyday people’s problems (Walden University, 2017). This will be in line with the Walden University positive social change goal.

 

References

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review93(3), 16–17.

Walden University. (2017). Walden 2020: A Vision for Social Change 2017 Report. https://www.waldenu.edu/-/media/walden/files/about-walden/walden-university-2017-social-change-report-final-v-2.pdf?rev=5ded98a6d84e4a0096d02c9ec0f458af&hash=3CBA4D20AF7FA7F23BC21D69B2A9EB37

 

 

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Paige,

Thank you for sharing strategies for developing a professional portfolio. The resources you reference appear to be helpful. Be sure to keep this bank to be able to utilize them, when needed.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Royelle Clarke

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Paige,

I enjoyed reading your discussion because it helped me to better understand what i was missing from mine and how to go about completing it.   As i review the portfolio, i realize that by adding the evidence on how i completed these tasks would add greater value to what i have done over these past years.  According to Cope (2018), nurses are utilizing portfolios to reflect and demonstrate that they have met their professional requirements.   By doing this, someone can identify where they are strong and weak in and what they can do in order to enhance their skills.

 

Cope, Vicki and Melanie Murray.  (2018). Use of professional portfolios in nursing. National Library of Medicine.   Use of professional portfolios in nursing – PubMed (nih.gov)

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Paige Jackson

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Royelle,

 

I definitely agree with you on adding how you completed the task. Sometimes showing that you overcame obstacles shows a great deal of strength and dedication to your work, which if I were an employer I would want a candidate who’s willing to put their all into something they started and accomplished.

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In Walden University’s MSN learning outcomes documented in Walden University catalog (n.d.), these seven points listed below are what the student will be able to accomplish upon completion of the program:

  1.      .Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  2.       Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision-making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  3.       Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  4.       Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  5.       Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  6.       Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  7.       Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

 

The question then is, how do I make sure I come out of this program equipped with everything listed above?  In this module, a nurse-scholar is like a well-branded company.  We learn that in the realm of marketing, a company that is well branded has more potentials to be successful.  Therefore to be successful as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), I will need to also add visibility and credibility to myself by developing an e-portfolio via the development and maintenance of an academic portfolio.

Mcmillian et al. (2014) wrote that reflection is an essential aspect of an e-portfolio because it helps in self-evaluation and future goals.  With reflections, students can be in charge of their lifelong learning and help them transfer their skills into new settings and environments. E-portfolios also serve four significant purposes: aiding in program review and assessment, showcasing professional standards, facilitating reflection on learning in a course, and showcasing career skills.  Students must be encouraged to start a folder to store essential documents throughout the semester, as this will help them when they are ready to build their e-portfolio.

Burns (2018) said a nurse’s education and achievements are depicted through a growth and development portfolio, which can be used to plan continuing education and professional development.  From this portfolio, others can collect and review materials to promote, award, or evaluate.  An E-portfolio is used for self-promotion and can also be used to advance the nurse’s organization.  It helps the nurse accept accountability and responsibility for their growth. I will use the strategies to build my portfolio by creating a folder to store important documents for future reflection and using websites such as portfolium or pathbrite to build my e-portfolio.

Walden University emphasizes social change. One of the outcomes from the MSN program is the ability to use relevant research to guide decision-making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing in a global society and the ability to critique evidence-based literature and draw from diverse theoretical perspectives.  After this course, I travel internationally and volunteer with Doctors Without Boarder, taking my education to the global scene.

 

References

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

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

Management (Springhouse), 45 (4), 52-54. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000444882.93063.a7

Walden University (n.d.). Walden University catalog. https://catalog.walden.edu

 

 

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Delasi,

I enjoyed reading your post. Do not forget about volunteer work, which is vital. It used to be that volunteer work complemented your professional portfolio. However, now it is considered an expectation.

Dr. Harrison

 

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8 months ago

Delasi Agbozo

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Thank you, Professor.

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8 months ago

Tibe Gnandi

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As nurse scholars, we are required to build a brand especially at a personal level that will help in the addition of value to our work through showing our integrity and perceptibility. The brand that we create allows us to be able to make plans with regards to our future that will lead to our success. As a nurse scholar, one great strategy that would help me build my portfolio would be to ensure I gain as much skills as possible that will help my practice. The more skilled I am, the better my portfolio is, making me a cut above the rest.

I have also learned that networking is as significant to nurse scholars as it is to other professions in varied fields. I, therefore, think that networking will be another important strategy that would help me build up my portfolio. Networking will allow me to develop a strong support system within the medical community. This support system will open me up to new opportunities, find new positions, and specialties that will help me grow as a nurse and advance my nursing career (Kruse, Didion & Perzynski, 2020). Some of the like-minded individuals that I meet through networking will be a value addition to my portfolio.

The last strategy that I wish to add to my portfolio is involvement in community outreach. Community outreach is not only about being empathetic and considerate to the less fortunate, but it is also about bringing positive changes to our communities. Through community outreach, I will get to use my skills, develop new ones, and I believe it is a great way to network as well (Wright, 2020). Most importantly, I think that this is a great way of ensuring that we bring about social change in a positive way to the communities that we live in, and this fits Walden University’s definition of social change. I am eager to build a unique portfolio that shows my accomplishments in the nursing field and aligns with the desire to bring social change.

 

References

Kruse, J. A., Didion, J., & Perzynski, K. (2020). Strengthening Student Nurses’ Sense of Belonging Through Attendance at a Professional Nursing Conference. AORN journal112(3), 227-236.

Wright, V. D. (2020). Registered Nurses’ Assessment of Clinical Leadership Knowledge and Competence (Doctoral dissertation, Walden University).

 

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8 months ago

Andrea Clarke-Uter

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Discussion Response: Week 8

Tibe

Well said, I could not agree with you more about learning new skills and been able to utilize them.  Nursing is about theory, and practice that develops into “competency that is the core abilities required for fulfilling one’s role as a nurse (Fukada, 2018), along with the capability to perform individual core skills (pg. 1). Networking is what we called “my circle” in in the country where I grew up, it was a small group of people could rely on. Much like professional network, it is essential to career advancement, provides professional support, help influences healthcare systems as well as building relationship, with good interaction (Schmidt, n.d.). I am passionate about the less fortunate, especially the ones that are homeless and living with mental illness. Fowler et al. (2019) cited that homelessness represents a global public health challenge and to achieve a broad and sustainable reductions in housing insecurity, homelessness prevention must be fully integrated into existing service networks (pg. 5). As health care providers pursuing our academic achievement, it is our duty to take care of our clients, not just when they are hospitalized, but also those that homeless, through volunteerism, and other forms of outreach programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Fowler, P. J., Hovmand, P. S., Marcal, K. E., & Das, S. (2019). Solving homelessness from a complex systems perspective: Insights for prevention responses. Annual Review of Public Health, 40(1), 465–486. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040617-013553

Fukada, M. (2018). Nursing Competency: Definition, structure, and development. Yonago Acta Medica, 61(1), 001–007. https://doi.org/10.33160/yam.2018.03.001

Schmidt, K. (n.d.). 5 reasons nurses should engage in professional networking. Retrieved July 22, 2021, from https://blog.bluepipes.com/5-reasons-nurses-should-take-professional-networking-seriously/

 

 

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8 months ago

Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Tibe,

I enjoyed reading your post. Portfolios are a great method for conducting a self-assessment. They help to provide evidence as to which areas in your professional life you need to devote more time and attention to developing.

Dr. Harrison

 

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8 months ago

Jennifer McKee

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Academic and Professional Portfolios

Developing a plan and career path can be challenging as well as piecing together all the things you have accomplished along your professional journey.  Nursing is a career path that I chose but developed a true plan but had a goal to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner hoping to make a difference.  As I progress into a more professional role there are different tools and skills that will aid in my growth and ability to succeed. One tool that can be used is a professional or academic portfolio.  Portfolios are used by many professions including nursing to highlight an individual’s accomplishments, credentials, education, and experience.  Academic portfolios can display a student’s outcomes learned, knowledge obtained, and clinical skills achieved while allowing others to evaluate their progress (Pearson et al., p.15).  According to Burns (2018) nursing portfolios can be used to show clinical skills, help represent yourself for a promotion and should be conducted often to self-reflect for personal enhancement (p.16-17).  In addition, professional portfolios also utilized through technology as e-portfolios are a wonderful way to show future employers your competencies, achievements, and areas of expertise.

Strategies to Developing and Maintaining a Portfolio

As a nurse scholar being able to develop an effective portfolio will allow me an opportunity to present achievements and growth as a professional.  In addition, Walden University will add current skills and knowledge to my professional practice.  Nursing is a career path that has opened doors for me to be a part of great organizations, participate in community enrichment programs, and give back to my local church family.  I am currently apart of the Black Nurses Rock organization, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Faith to Feed, and act as a member of the healthcare team at church.  Secondly, I can increase my knowledge through maintaining my certifications as a CPR instructor, occupational health nurse, and obtain certification as a holistic provider. These certifications, experience in my current practice, education obtained, and active membership are all accomplished that can be documented through e-portfolio to represent me as a professional.

Making a Change

My vision as an advanced practice nurse is to become a PMHNP provider to develop a program that includes housing, education, and treatment for individuals who suffer with mental illness.  The need to improve care and access as well as remove stereotypes related to mental health is what drives me to complete my educational goals.  In addition, there is room for growth regarding collaboration and developing partnerships with local officials, police departments, and educators to meet the needs of psychiatric patients.  The lack of culturally competent care and education remains evident in our communities where health disparities pose a significant impact on such a vulnerable population.   According to Pearson et al. (2015) psychiatric nurses are leaders who can contribute to the change initiated by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003) and improve quality of care among mental health patients (p.15).

References

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

Geraldine S. Pearson, Vicki P. Hines-Martin, Lois K. Evans, Janet A. York, Catherine F. Kane, Edilma L. Yearwood, Addressing Gaps in Mental Health Needs of Diverse, At-Risk, Underserved, and Disenfranchised Populations: A Call for Nursing Action, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 14-18, ISSN 0883-9417, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2014.09.004.

 

 

 

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8 months ago

Stephanie LaChapelle

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Hi Jennifer,

As I read your discussion post, it struck me how involved you have been in different organizations that provide help to those who are in need. Your hopes for helping those with mental illness find housing, education, and access to care are very similar to mine. My favorite portion of the portfolio is the personal reflection. It gives me a chance to put down in writing what I have seen, what I have learned, and what I hope to achieve. It helps me to determine how prepared I am to move forward in pursuit of these goals. Looking at what you’ve done and continue to do is inspirational.

Even though a resume is a still required document for many potential employers, the portfolio, and most importantly, the reflection, presents a much more accurate depiction of who we are professionally and personally.

Stephanie

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11). 48-49.

 

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8 months ago

Jennifer McKee

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Hi Stephanie, thank you for your response to my post and the words of encouragement.  It is very inspiring to see others have the same goals and share the passion for those with mental health issues.  I agree a portfolio allows you to share more about your accomplishments and vision to contribute to your field of work.  A study on the benefits of using portfolios “revealed 80% of employers saw eportfolios as a good way for applicants to show the skills, accomplishments, and knowledge required for their field of study” (Ring, Waugaman, & Brackett, 2017, p.225).

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Ring, G. L., Waugaman, C., & Brackett, B. (2017). The Value of Career ePortfolios on Job Applicant Performance: Using Data to Determine Effectiveness. International Journal of EPortfolio7(2), 225–236.

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8 months ago

Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Jennifer,

Thank you for sharing this reference. A portfolio can help to demonstrate all of the hard work and sacrifices we often make in building our career. As you collect more evidence over time, you will be amazed at what all you have accomplished.

Dr. Harrison

 

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Jennifer McKee

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Hello Dr. Harrison, thank you for your insight on the discussion post.  I was able to really learn a lot from this assignment and gained more insight to developing a clear concise portfolio along with the benefits.  I look forward to adding more to my portfolio and exploring more ways to demonstrate the accomplishments achieved throughout my career.

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8 months ago

Madeline De La Cruz Maldonado

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To achieve our goals in life we must be passionate and hard working. What defines a hard worker though and how can we do that? When we work toward our goals, we must have a plan and map out the milestones we want to complete. Professional and academic success are gained when we have a plan and part of that plan is building a portfolio of achievements. My success plan is first geared around my academic achievements. I applied for this graduate degree with Walden in hopes of successfully finishing all my courses and achieving my goal of becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). One of the ways in which I can make this goal happen is to develop a portfolio of achievements. This portfolio can be done electronically and should contain all the necessary information to supplement one’s resume. Burns (2018) explains that a portfolio should contain experience, skills, academic achievements and be structed in a way that will guide the individual toward success. This e-portfolio is a map and guide that motivates us and leads us toward the direction of our goals.

 

As a graduate degree student, I have an e-portfolio that has been in progress since I started my nursing studies a few years back. As I continue to grow in my education and advance in my career, I continue to add to this e-portfolio. This portfolio contains my degrees, continuing education, certifications, awards, work experience, volunteer experience, license information, and any letters of recommendation I have. I make sure I keep all this information well organized as dates are important and keeping licensing current is imperative. Davis (2015) states that a portfolio is an excellent way to showcase our achievements and have it readily available. Actively keeping a portfolio instills inspiration and fuel to continue to work toward our goals. Every time I open my portfolio, it is lovely to see a lot of my accomplishments in one place. This makes me want to achieve more. With technology, we have everything we need a few clicks away. I will continue to keep my portfolio well organized and up to date because I know I will need it in the near future. I am excited to continue my studies, grow with knowledge, and complete this program in order to become a successful PMHNP.

 

 

 

References

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

https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?

 

Davis, C. (2015). Developing a professional nursing portfolio : Nursing made Incredibly Easy. LWW.https://journals.lww.com/nursingmadeincrediblyeasy/Fulltext/2015/01000/Developing_a_professional_nursing_portfolio.1.aspx.

 

 

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8 months ago

Carmen Harrison Walden Instructor Manager

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Madeline,

I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the professional portfolio. This can help to be a sort of self-advertisement. You can include all of your accomplishments in one document; allowing individuals to see your “brand”.

Dr. Harrison

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