A portfolio is defined as an organised collection of evidence that provides a record of the nurse's ongoing professional practice, learning and development. It can contain details of professional education and practice experience, current and past work roles and responsibilities and other related activities.1 Within the nursing profession, there is growing acceptance of the use of portfolios as portable and visible records of professional contribution and credentials2, and as an acceptable means for logging continuing professional development (CPD) activities.1
Developmental portfolios can be advantageous in a variety of situations. For example:
- when applying for a promotion or new position
- at performance appraisal
- to keep a log of continuing professional development activities (CPD) required for demonstrating continuing competence.
Registered nurse professional development portfolio (PDF, 359.87kb)
Registered nurse professional development portfolio (MS Word document)
- Australian Nursing Midwifery Council (2009) Continuing Competence Framework. Retrieved 15 Oct 2009 from www.anmc.org.au (PDF, 472.6Kb)
- Meister, L (2002). Professional nursing portfolios: a global perspective, MedSurg Nurs, August, 177-183.