What is a portfolio?

1. ) The first part of the portfolio:

      I.)  Cover letter also known as professional letter

     II. ) Your Nursing Philosophy

     III.) Curriculum Vitae(CV) or Resume (include your license and certifications which are also part of the portfolio)

What is a portfolio? 

A professional portfolio is a collection of materials that document the nurse’s competencies and illustrate the nurse expertise.

Why is the portfolio important?

A portfolio is a presentation of you as a professional APRN. Portfolio development at postgraduate level emphasizes linking theory and practice and stresses the importance of reflection on practice. The portfolio can also be used by nurses to develop their clinical career pathways and encourage personal development planning (Joyce, 2005)


Joyce, P. (2005). A framework for portfolio development in postgraduate nursing practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14(4), 456-463.doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2004.01075

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