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Writing your Nursing Portfolio A Step-by-step Guide


Author: Fiona Timmins

Publisher: Open University Press

Publish Date: March 1, 2011

ISBN-10: 335242847

Pages: 216

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

In this introductory chapter we will begin to explore what is meant by a portfolio, and what you might expect a portfolio to contain. The chapter explains the basic requirements for portfolio development, and begins to demonstrate how you can develop and structure your own nursing portfolio. Whether you are working as a healthcare assistant, a student nurse, a newly-qualifi ed nurse or have many years of clinical experience, at some stage of your nursing career you may choose or be required to engage in portfolio development and refl ect on your nursing practice. Many nurses feel unsure about beginning a portfolio. However, most say that once they begin the process and engage with a facilitator or group to refl ect on their practice, they fi nd it enjoyable and benefi cial. The majority of nurses are proud of the learning they have achieved once they have completed their portfolio.

Who is this book for?

This book is written for all nurses wanting to engage in portfolio development regardless of whether or not they are currently undertaking further education. This chapter presents an overview of the crucial elements of getting started on a portfolio and provides a step-by-step approach to help you begin and continue to develop your portfolio. As time goes by you will be able to expand on your portfolio and use it for promotional opportunities, performance appraisal, and personal and professional development. Moreover, during the process of reading this book you should develop selfawareness and self-assessment skills, as you become increasingly aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

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