If you're a nurse, you might have heard about nursing portfolios, but have you ever considered creating one for yourself?
Developing your very own nurse portfolio can seem daunting at first, but once you have it in motion it will quickly come together, you'll find that it's a fantastic extension of your work and a great source for potential employers. In this article, we'll delve into the concept of a nursing portfolio, what it comprises, and why you should start working on one without delay.
A nursing portfolio is simply a compilation of materials which showcase your skills and knowledge as a nurse. From the beginning of your pre-registration course, right up to your continuous professional development you may be completing today! It will demonstrate your professional career from goals, accomplishments, achievements and skills.
A well completed portfolio is a chronological visual representation of your professional growth. Whether you are a newly qualified nurse, or an experienced practitioner, it will provide employers with insight into your nursing experience, clinical expertise, accolades and scope of practice.
Creating a nursing portfolio involves thoughtful organisation and curation of key elements that highlight your nursing journey. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of what your portfolio could include:
Start your portfolio with a table of contents, to keep your documents organised and easily accessible for the employer.
Your portfolio's introduction should feature an up-to-date CV, and cover letter that reflects your enthusiasm for nursing. A cover letter is especially important if you are bringing your portfolio to an interview.
Include your personal information, address, and contact details. Also, consider adding occupational health records to showcase your commitment to patient safety.
Provide details about your nursing degree, university attended, and any additional nursing studies you've undertaken. Highlighting advanced degrees can set you apart.
Include proof of your NMBI annual retention certification.
Showcase your commitment to staying current in your skills and knowledge by highlighting certification cards such as BLS, CPI, etc.; HSEland certs; patient moving and handling; and other such certificates.
Detail your work experience to date. If you’re newly graduated you can use this section to share details of your clinical experience or internship.
You can use this section to showcase your success! Recommendation letters, performance evaluations, positive feedback signed by supervisors, patient satisfaction surveys, thank you cards from patients can all go here. If you are recently qualified, you can put in written feedback from your preceptors as part of your placements.
If you won any awards as a nurse; are a member of any healthcare committees; have done volunteer project work; or do anything extracurricular that can reflect positively on you as an employee, this can go here. For example, if you teach first aid, have done volunteer work abroad, or are part of a sporting club which demonstrates teamwork capabilities, put proof of this in here. You could also add a picture!
Showcase examples of professional or scholarly work such as articles or research. A great example is a literature review you might have had to write for your final year in college, or the cover page of your thesis if you have done a masters.
You can include references contact information at the end if you wish, and we would recommend any letter of recommendation, verification of service, etc. as these can be needed for future employment. Learn more about references here.
If you are interested in putting together your nursing portfolio today and want to find out more, please feel free to contact us at Clarity where a dedicated recruitment consultant will be on hand to guide you through this process.