CHHS

Student Portfolio

Overview – Academic Portfolio

Welcome to the School of Nursing Guide to Portfolios. In this self-instructional module, you will find out everything you need to know in order to prepare your student portfolio.

Topics covered include:

Technology Requirements

Introduction

What is a Portfolio?

What are the Purposes of a Portfolio?

What are the Outcomes I will achieve from Completing a Portfolio?

How can a Portfolio Help Me?

What is the Portfolio Process?

What Should be in My Portfolio?

How do I actually Set up my Notebook for the Portfolio?

What do I need to do at the end of each Program Year?

Printable Copies of all Forms

Technology Requirements

Adobe Acrobat Reader This module contains several Adobe Acrobat PDF files for printing. Although you can receive these files (forms) from the appropriate School of Nursing Office, it will most likely be much more convenient for you to be able to print them at home. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these files. If you do not know how to download and install the reader, please have someone help you. Click on the icon below to go to Adobe’s site. Be sure to look for Acrobat Reader, which is free.

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INTRODUCTION

This module will give you an overview and instructions for creating and maintaining your nursing portfolio. At the bottom of this page, links are provided to printable copies of all forms or necessary items that are referred to in this module.

Audio clips provide additional information that we hope will help make it easier to work on this project. You can listen while viewing or scrolling down the page to see bulleted information that is being discussed in the audio recording. A tip: When you click on the headphones–and a RealPlayer screen pops up–it is helpful to minimize it in order to move it out of the way of the text on that page (minimize by hitting the little (-)negative square up in the right hand top corner of the RealPlayer screen).

WHAT IS A PORTFOLIO?

  • Purposeful
  • Collection of Materials
  • Communicates Your Development

 

WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES OF A PORTFOLIO?

  • Development of Self-Assessment and Self-Reflective Skills
  • Documentation of Professional Development and Accomplishments
  • Application of course content to clinical experiences
  • Attainment of programmatic learning outcomes

 

WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES I WILL ACHIEVE
FROM COMPLETING A PORTFOLIO?

  • Self Awareness through reflection and self-evaluation
  • Empowerment through analysis and critique of your own work

 

HOW CAN A PORTFOLIO HELP ME?

  • Reflect on academic and clinical experiences
  • Decisions about quality of your work
  • More effective critical thinking
  • Reflect on professional growth
  • Empowerment to take control of learning
  • Develop toward critical, reflective practitioner
  • Enhances self-esteem by focus on accomplishments
  • Documents achievements
  • Obtain position/job promotion by showcasing abilities

 

WHAT IS THE PORTFOLIO PROCESS?

 

During your first BSN course OR on admission to MSN Program:

You will complete the Student Guide to Portfolio Module (the module you are currently reading). Read and review the module, asking questions about any parts of the module that you don’t understand. Meet with your Faculty Advisor regarding your portfolio and its initial development.

 

Using Your Portfolio Content Grid:

You will collect required materials for inclusion in your portfolio for specific courses. The courses and assignments are designated on the content grid.

 

WHAT SHOULD BE IN MY PORTFOLIO?

The portfolio consists of selected samples of your work from selected courses throughout your program. Refer to the Content Grid for your program (for printable copy, see link below) to see which pieces of work need to be included.

For each portfolio entry, an Outcome Evaluation Tool (OAT) must be completed.

 

HOW DO I ACTUALLY SET UP MY NOTEBOOK FOR THE PORTFOLIO?

Ideally, your Portfolio is your own personal document that should be designed using your own style. However, that being said, there are some guidelines that will help to provide consistency across the Program and between students, so that faculty can find and address the appropriate items in your Portfolio in a timely manner.

The Portfolio is arranged in a 4″ ring binder of any color desired. At the front of the notebook, include the Content Grid for your Program, so it will be easy to see where you are in the program and which is your current Portfolio submission.

The Portfolio is divided into sections as follows:

1) YEAR (i.e. Junior, Senior, Year 1 MSN, Year 2 MSN).
2) Then, inside “YEAR”, insert tabs by SEMESTER (i.e. for Pre-Licensure BSN students, you would have tabs for Junior I, II, III, and IV semesters).
3) Within Semesters, organize tabs for EACH COURSE in which there is a portfolio requirement during that semester.

For each assignment, OATs are placed in front of each assignment, so they are easily accessible for your advisor. Your advisor is responsible for viewing your Portfolio with a longitudinal “eye” so to speak… he or she will use your Portfolio data to evaluate your progress over time, longitudinally.

You can use your imagination in designing your Portfolio. Remember that it is a Professional Document that should reflect your growth and development in the nursing profession, and one that you may wish to share with potential employers, other professionals, as well as perhaps family and friends.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO AT THE END OF EACH PROGRAM YEAR?

 

STUDENT ANNUAL EVALUATIVE SUMMARY

At the end of each of your program years, you will submit your “Student Annual Evaluative Summary” along with your Portfolio.
Be sure to use your completed OAT forms for writing your self-assessment.
The summary is 1-3 typed pages, double-spaced, in narrative form.

Your Annual Evaluative Summary includes the following:

At the end of the academic year, your portfolio and your Annual Evaluative Summary are submitted to your advisor, in order to receive a grade in the indicated course. If a portfolio is not submitted, you will receive an incomplete (I) in that course until submission.

Upon receipt of your portfolio, your advisor reviews the contents, all of your OATs, and completes the Faculty Advisor Portfolio Evaluation Form. The Faculty Advisor Portfolio Evaluation Form is a composite of the OAT and includes an evaluation of your Annual Evaluative Summary.

Portfolios for undergraduate students are due to the BSN Office by Wednesday December 9, 2009 by 4pm or as published in designated courses linked to Portfolios.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PORTFOLIO?

You may feel free to ask any faculty member about your portfolio. However, your advisor is a great resource, because he/she will be the one who will receive, review, and evaluate your Portfolio throughout your program.

FOR PRINTABLE COPIES:

(PDF Format: You need Adobe Acrobat to print these)

PROGRAM
CONTENT GRID
OUTCOME ASSESSMENT TOOL (OAT)
FACULTY ADVISOR PORTFOLIO EVALUATION FORM
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Last updated: 8/30/2017

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