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Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios.

Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 5: Professional Development
In this week’s Discussion you were introduced to the concept of an academic portfolio to begin building your own brand. Portfolios have value that go beyond brand-building however. An academic and professional portfolio can also help you to build your own vision and mission and establish your development goals. In this regard, a portfolio becomes yet another tool in your toolbox as you build your success.

In this Assignment you will continue developing your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan by developing the fifth component: a portfolio for your academic and professional efforts.

To Prepare:

Consider your goals for academic accomplishments while a student of the MSN program.
The Assignment:

Using the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template in which you began to work on in Week 1, and have continued working on through this course, in Part 5, you will create a fully developed and accurate curriculum vitae (CV) based on your current education and professional background.
Clearly identify and accurately state in detail your professional development goals.
Clearly and accurately state in detail how to accurately and appropriately align one or more of your professional development goals with the University’s emphasis on social change.
Note: Add your work for this Assignment to the original document you began in the Week 1 Assignment, which was built off of the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.
By Day 7
Submit Part 5.

Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph.
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Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios
In the realm of marketing, a successful branding strategy is one of the most important contributors to organizational success. A solid branding strategy can help add visibility and credibility to a company’s products.

Similarly, nurse-scholars can build a personal brand to add visibility and credibility to their work. You can begin building your brand by developing and maintaining an academic portfolio. Such an activity can help share the results of your efforts and contribute to your success. This week’s Discussion asks you to consider and share strategies for building your portfolio.

To Prepare:

Reflect on strategies that you can pursue in developing portfolios or portfolio elements that focus on academic achievements.
Review one or more samples from your own research of resources focused on portfolio development.
By Day 3
Post an explanation of at least two strategies for including academic activities and accomplishments into your professional portfolio.

Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days, by offering additional ideas regarding academic achievements to include or offering alternative ways of presenting the current achievements.

Be sure to offer support from at least 2 current, credible sources in each required response to classmates’ main post and cite per APA.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

Introduction

            Reflecting on my professional goals is a vital aspect of my self-motivation to continue my academic and professional advancement journey. Creating a vision of what you want to accomplish is essential in building a blueprint for your academic and professional success. Recognizing this vision will allow you to determine the path you need to take to get to the finish (Laureate Education, 2018).

Building my Nursing Professional Portfolio

            As nurses, we continue to build our nursing skills, achievements, and professional experience throughout our careers. Documenting these essential details of our academic and professional accomplishments is crucial in paving the way to reaching our career goals. Incorporating specific elements of your educational achievements and professional experiences is vital in creating a professional portfolio (Burns, M. K., 2018).

To showcase a concise idea of your accomplishments throughout your career, strategies for incorporating academic achievements into your professional portfolio is essential. One approach is to integrate the growth and development in our profession, including elements such as your educational background, certifications achieved, and employment history. Developing a one to two-page resume or curriculum vitae as part of your professional portfolio clearly showcases evidence of your academic experiences and credentials (Sherrod, D., 2005).

Another strategy is to incorporate your evidence-based accomplishments, such as your annual performance reviews, peer reviews in your workplace, or the continuing education you have completed each year. Creating professional goals each year and evaluating them allows you to reflect on those goals to continue your professional growth throughout your career (Sherrod, D., 2005).

As nurses, we strive to stay current in today’s fast-changing world in healthcare. Citing your educational readings, such as relevant nursing journals, is a great way to showcase a self-improvement strategy (Sherrod, D., 2005).

In today’s digital world, an alternative way of showcasing your academic and professional progress and accomplishments is by creating an ePortfolio.  Since anyone can view what you write about yourself online, including potential employers and so forth, maintaining a positive self-image on the web is crucial (Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y., 2017).

As nurses, we desire to be a part of positive change in our community and the nursing profession. With Walden University’s commitment to promoting positive social change, actively serving the community is a crucial aspect of my professional development goals (Walden University, 2020). Serving on the board in your community’s committees allows nurses to be part of a leadership team where new ideas are shared and endeavored (Cherry, B. et al., 2019).

Joining a professional organization such as the American Nurses Association is an example. By actively participating in a professional organization, nurses can advocate for the betterment of the community and the nursing profession by addressing current relevant issues (American Nurses Association, 2019). Active membership also provides opportunities for continuing education resources that allow nurses to engage in lifelong learning (Cherry, B. et al., 2019).

Conclusion

Building a professional portfolio is an essential tool in our career advancement journey. Just like the builder who creates a solid plan for a structure, designing a well-crafted blueprint for our academic success and professional development is crucial in paving the way towards attaining our goals (Laureate Education, 2018).

References

American Nurses Association. (2019). RNAction Center. P2a.Co. https://p2a.co/ywz5JtS?_ga=2.31053311.113545169.1603077330-509335773.160307733

Burns, M. K. (2018). Creating a Nursing Portfolio. Ohio Nurses Review93(3), 16–17. https://eds-a-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=82f598e9-79a2-4009-b478-3006998bf608%40sessionmgr4007

Cherry, Barbara, DNSc, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Caramanica, Laura, PhD, RN, CNE, CENP, et al. (2019). Leveraging the Power of Board Leadership in Professional Nursing Organizations. Journal of Nursing Administration49, 517-519. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNA.0000000000000805

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today. 12 (11), 48-49. https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Laureate Education. (2018). The Walden University Journey to a Masters in Nursing: Your Professional Development Plan [Video file]. https://class.content.laureate.net/0f9df4b4b9866e78a163947682628210.html

Sherrod D. (2005). Career scope: south Atlantic. The professional portfolio: a snapshot of your career. Nursing Management36(9), 74–75. https://eds-b-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=f15cb16a-80fb-4fd3-8fdf-eaac4420bb89%40pdc-v-sessmgr02

Walden University. (2020). Social Change. Www.Waldenu.Edu. https://www.waldenu.edu/why-walden/social-change

R…,

It is always interesting to hear more research regarding ways to showcase nursing achievements.  I think you said it well in your post that portfolios is a great way to show development.  According to a study completed in 2018 a “portfolio is a set of evidences and documents which show that learning is occurring” (Mollahadi, M. et al, 2018).  Just from learning more about portfolios, I feel that it is important to start building my own while I am in school and currently working.  It may be hard to monitor achievements if I do not start documenting currently.  “A portfolio can assist nurses to store and manage their revalidation or re-registration documents in one place, so that these can be easily updated and produced when required” (Cope, V. & Murray, M., 2018) .  I think you speak well about joining professional organizations to help build your portfolio.  Have you started looking into any organizations while in school?

References:

Cope, V., & Murray, M. (2018). Use of professional portfolios in nursing. Nursing Standard, 32(30), 55–63. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2018.e10985

Mollahadi, M., Khademolhoseini, S. M., Mokhtari-Nouri, J., & Khaghanizadeh, M. (2018). The portfolio as a tool for mentoring in nursing students: A scoping review. PubMed Central (PMC). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6034526/

R…

I agree with your discussion, that as nurses we are continuing to build our nursing skills through a multitude of different avenues and documenting these different avenues will help us to promote positive change and make us marketable. In an article by Meister et al. (2002) professional portfolios are advantageous for the nursing profession to use in order to demonstrate initial competencies for students entering the job market and maximizing job opportunities. Portfolios bring all of the achievements and accomplishments into a singular location for potential employers to view. Meister et al. (2002) also identify that health care providers are under increasing scrutiny to demonstrate their competence, nurses should understand how to develop and use a professional portfolio. This is new to the nursing profession and has only recently had an increase push to move away from traditional resumes due to their lack of substance about the applicant.

Every article I researched similarly stated that you must include evaluations, goals, learning activities and contact hours. Each topic will begin to market you and strengthen your development as a nurse. Oermann (2002) indicates that in addition to self growth and professional development, the portfolio also is a valuable tool for annual performance appraisals. Annual performance appraisals evaluate the strengths and weakness of the nurse’s performance and can be a valuable asset when developing your portfolio for future endeavors and marketing.

Digital marketing is also s new and upcoming change to the world of hiring. Hiring standards have evolved and employers are now relying more on portfolios because it allows the applicant to showcase talents and skills, and draw attention to his or her uniqueness according to Leahy and Filiatraut (2017).

As nurses, we want to stand out from one another and bring positive change and development to nursing practice. I agree with you, that joining a professional organization connects you with other nurses who can advocate for positive change and they can assist you with a multitude of opportunities for continuing education and certification assistance.

References

Leahy, R., & Filiatrault, A. (2017). Employers’ perceptions of the benefits of employment electronic portfolios. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7(2), 217-223.

Meister, L., Heath, J., Andrews, J., & Tingen, M.S. (2002). Professional Nursing Portfolios: A Global Perspective. MEDSURG Nursing, 11(4), 177-182.

Oermann, M.H. (2002). Developing a professional portfolio in nursing. Orthopaedic Nursing, 21(2), 73-78.

NURS_6003_Module05_Week08_Discussion_Rubric

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Main Posting
Points Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)
Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources. 

Supported by at least three current, credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)
Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth. 

Supported by at least three credible sources. 

Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)
Responds to some of the discussion question(s). 

One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed. 

Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Somewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Post is cited with two credible sources. 

Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Contains some APA formatting errors.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)
Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately. 

Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria. 

Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. 

Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. 

Contains only one or no credible sources. 

Not written clearly or concisely. 

Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors. 

Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.

Main Post: Timeliness
Points Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)
Posts main post by day 3.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not post by day 3.
First Response
Points Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Second Response
Points Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)
Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings. 

Responds fully to questions posed by faculty. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. 

Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)
Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. 

Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. 

Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. 

Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. 

Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.

Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)
Response is on topic and may have some depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. 

Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.

Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)
Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. 

Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. 

Responses to faculty questions are missing. 

No credible sources are cited.

Participation
Points Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)
Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)
Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days.
Total Points: 100
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