Professionals require a portfolio to demonstrate their experience, their ongoing professional development and their reflection on those experiences and activities. Portfolios have a variety of uses, including: applying for employment or promotion; supporting performance review requirements; career planning; and applying for credit or enrolment in postgraduate education. One important reason for nurses to commence a portfolio is to demonstrate compliance with the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of their registering body (NMBA). This assessment aims to enhance students' understanding of the professional obligation of nurses to keep a portfolio. It provides you with an opportunity to commence a portfolio that they can revisit and develop, both during their nursing degree and throughout their professional career
You will develop an electronic portfolio (e-Portfolio)through an appropriate organisation or Internet-based site, such as Google Sites. A minimum of four sections/web-pages is required at this stage, but students may add more if they desire. The four required sections/web-pages are:
1. Profile ("snapshot" of the student: personal attributes; academic and employment achievements; brief career; strategies to achieve compliance with NMBA guidelines).
2. Curriculum vitae (personal details; academic and employment history; referees; interests).
3. Continuing professional development (CPD) (past and planned short courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, working groups or other relevant professional development activities).
4. Based on the Gibbs Cycle (or other reflection framework), critical reflection on a specific recent event in either a work or education context.
Welcome to my eportfolio. The portfolio has been designed to present my knowledge base, nursing skills, and school involvement.
My name is First_name Last_name. I am a passionate, caring empathetic individual. I am committed in pursuing a career in health care field where I can utilize my transferable skills to make a difference in lives and empower individuals.
In my life, I have learned the value of hard work and grit. Sacrifice and determination are key to success. I have opted for nursing as my career as one should follow what they love.
Currently I am the senior undergraduate student of Western Sydney University Campbelltown Campus. I have gained various types of experiences at university and have strong ain skills. I have gained my hand hygiene practice as we have LAP called CPU at university. I addition I have experience in making bed, and shift of patient. During first year, I have learned to provide medication on supervision. I am expert in taking vital signs and BSL. I have earned certificate in aged care and first aid. I am competent in quality improvement, patient centred care, teamwork and collaboration, leadership and Evidence based practice
The profession of nursing is regulated by the NMBA guidelines (Cusack, 2016). The strategies to achieve the compliance with guidelines include engage in self-refection to improve and collaborate with seniors.
32/15 Atchison street St Marys
- Certificate 4 in aged care
- Senior first aid certificate
- Certificate 3 in aged care
- Second year undergraduate student at university
I have worked at the following places-
- Tina’s home care services inc for one year (2009-2010)-
- Sir Montefiore Jewish home for two years (2010 to 2012)-
- RDNA Nursing Agency (2015) -
- Nursing Agency Australia for two years (2011-2013)-
- Nightingale agency for one year (2010-2011)-
- St Moses masonic home Easton park Glenfield for four years (2012-2016).
- I have gained experience in different nursing and disability home.
- Competent in assisting clients in daily-living, medication, by providing patient centred care.
- Expert in medication and personal hygiene care. I can advocate the client on maintaining cordial relationship with friends and society.
- Effective communication with the stakeholders and documentation of patient reports
- Supervise clients during progressive or regressive changes and quality improvement
- Ability to maintain regulations of OHS in work setting
In future, I want to specialise in Disability and Wound healing as registered nurse in future.
Continuing Professional Development
- 40th Annual PNEG Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Developmentin 2013 in US (DeSilets, 2013)
- Have completed short term courses on Immunisation for primary care (diploma level)
Professional Development Activities
- Participation in online test and quiz centre to enhance knowledge in various areas
- Collect regular feedback from seniors and mentors to identify the areas of improvement
- Learning non verbal communication skills
- Taking short course on management of minor illness and injuries (40 credit module) (Moorley & Chinn, 2015).
- I am planning to engage in research activity to complete a master’s project on the strategies to prevent fall in aged care.
- I will be attending Wound Care and the Latest Best Practice – Hobart on September 7, 2017 ("Wound Care and the Latest Best Practice - Hobart", 2017)
- I will be attending National Nursing Forum to be held in Sydney, 21 – 23 August 2017 ("The National Nursing Forum 2017 | Australian College of Nursing", 2017)
Using the framework of Gibbs Reflective Cycle, I would like to reflect on my university experience. I was in first year, when the university professor was demonstrating the hand hygiene practice for wound dressing. I remember washing hands before wound dressing. However, after completing the task I failed to hand wash. I was in hurry as I was late in taking vital signs, which was due for next class in university.
I felt guilty, as it was blunder. I could have invested 5 minutes in washing hands with gel based solution. There is high risk of spreading infection, which was the worst part of this experience. The good thing about this experience is that I was learning my faults and consequences. I realised that I have to be more efficient in planning and time management.
I have added this event to my journal to mark my incompetence. I have prepared schedule on how to finish each task. I do adhere to this schedule strictly. I have discussed with my mentor and he had explained some more tactics to overcome this issues. During initial period, I started to set alarm every time I have to hand wash and for other important activities. This was no longer required after a period of one month. I am much efficient in this matter.
Cusack, L. (2016). A busy year so far for NMBA... Australian Midwifery News, 16(2), 12.
DeSilets, L. D. (2013). Reflections on the Starfish and the Spider. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 44(12), 529-530.
Moorley, C., & Chinn, T. (2015). Using social media for continuous professional development. Journal of advanced nursing, 71(4), 713-717.
The National Nursing Forum 2017 | Australian College of Nursing. (2017). Acn.edu.au. Retrieved 13 August 2017, from https://www.acn.edu.au/nnf2017.
Wound Care and the Latest Best Practice - Hobart. (2017). Nurses for Nurses Network. Retrieved 13 August 2017, from https://www.nursesfornurses.com.au/events/196/Wound-Care-and-the-Latest-Best-Practice-Hobart.