Creating a portfolio of your accomplishments is something every Masters in Nursing student should know how to do. A portfolio is a collection of accomplishments to help demonstrate various skills for potential employers. Think about what accomplishments have occurred in your work place. For instance, you should document any awards you received. Collecting all of your work done at a past employer or from your education is a good way to show future employer’s your work ethic, quality of work produced, and critical thinking skills. Portfolios can be “hard copy” or electronic.
An excellent free option for ePortfolios is Google sites. You need to create a “Google” account with a user name and password. Be sure to write these down where you will remember them. Go to the URL below:
The electronic nurse portfolio template will appear. Go to the upper right corner of the page and click on the blue rectangle: “Use Template”. Remember you need to create a Google account first before using the portfolio website. Once you have created your portfolio page, you will be given a unique web address or URL. You can edit your content at any time by logging into the site with your Google account log- in credentials.
Things to include in the ePortfolio are a personal statement of professional goals, current resume, nursing license, along with any school assignments and presentations where you did well and received high marks. Some specific school work examples are care plans, brochures, outlines of training sessions, manuals, spreadsheets, memos, etc., that you created yourself or as part of a team. You can even include a copy of your school transcripts if you have already graduated.
Any awards received, either in the community, through school, or from work should also be included. Think about work projects you have been involved with, such as committee work, or quality improvement work, and include those. Electronic portfolio formats include web pages, PDF documents, and even PowerPoint files. Remember to include all professional and educational related accomplishments in your ePortfolio. The portfolio is a way to showcase your experience and talents a “brag book” of sorts.
The portfolio is different than a resume. A resume is best at one page long regardless of your time in the nursing profession. The resume describes your education, work history, and other relevant experience in bullet points. Many large employers now have computers that scan resumes for keywords, and these computers do the screening of the numerous applicants before an actual person even sees the resumes. A portfolio is a more in-depth and supplements, not replaces, the resume. Portfolios give employers a detailed look at your skills and can provide more information on your particular area of expertise.