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NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

Course: NR 512
Date: September 2019

Uses And Functions Of An E-portfolio

What is E-portfolio

The word portfolio is derived from the Italian word Portare meaning ―to carry‖ and Foglio meaning ―leaf or sheet‖.

The e-portfolio can be defined as a self-selected multimedia presentation of students’ work that provides a rich, textured view of a student’s learning and development.

E-portfolio can be summarized as ―collect, select, reflect and connect‖.

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

Portfolio in nursing is an organized collection of professional work that follows the trajectory of a nurses’ career 

In the current context in nursing the portfolio is an organized collection of professional work that follows the trajectory of a nurses’ career that should illustrate the background, skills and expertise of the individual. A portfolio of work across time represents a collection of evidence to demonstrate skills, knowledge, attitudes and achievements; affords an invaluable snapshot of current skills; and provides students and registered nurses (RN’s) with the opportunity to reflect on their professional growth and develop new goals.

Portfolios have traditionally been used to demonstrate competence in nursing and are integral to nursing education as well.


E-portfolio for a Graduate Student

E-portfolio for a graduate student in higher education is 

Collection created of course-related work, essays, posters, photographs, videos, and artwork;

Other aspects includes volunteer experiences, employment history, extracurricular activities

A good e-Portfolio is both about being a product and a process

E-portfolios are valuable tools to aid in students’ academic growth and their transition into the career landscape. The use of e-portfolios before, during, and after higher education continues to rise, as does the number of exceptional e-portfolio platforms. 

A good ePortfolio is both about being a product (a digital collection of artifacts) and a process (of reflecting on those artifacts and what they represent)

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project


E-portfolio for Advanced Practice Nurse

E-portfolio for a advanced practice nurse is

 A collection of nurse’s qualification, skills, abilities, experience and specialty in an organized way. 

E-Portfolios are a way to generate learning as well as document learning

It highlights nurse’s skills in a technical manner

E-Portfolios are a tool and learning process for deepening student learning. In their e Portfolios, nurses select evidence of their learning, reflect on that learning, and make connections between their courses, and between their academic work and other learning experiences.

It is well documented that promotion and retention are key aspects of a professional career. Yet recognition and reward for professional growth and expertise re-mains a challenge for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)

E-portfolio can advance self-coordinated learning and helping profession improvement.

Creation of an e-portfolio can be useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and advantages can include personal benefits such as developing technology skills appropriate for e-learning, encouraging more longitudinal portfolios (and thus career) development, easier storage and enhanced ability to circulate copies. 


Importance of Developing and Using an e-portfolio

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

E-portfolio are important for graduate student because 

It highlights student’s academic progress and individual skills in an organized manner

It allows creative representation of skills, knowledge, projects and experiences.

Self-discovery and confidence building.

It provides tangible proof of your skills and abilities

It helps in getting scholarships, grants and sponsorships.

It highlights and showcases samples of some of your best work, along with life experiences, values and achievements. The personal information that you incorporate into your portfolio can greatly reflect on your abilities as an individual as well as become a useful tool in marketing yourself to employers, corporations, colleges and universities. A portfolio does not take the place of a resume, but it can accentuate your abilities and what you can offer in the chosen field.

Portfolios can 

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

build learners’ personal and academic identities as they complete complex projects and reflect on their capabilities and progress,

facilitate the integration of learning as students connect learning across courses and time,

be focused on developing self-assessment abilities in which students judge the quality of work using the same criteria experts use,

help students plan their own academic pathways as they come to understand what they know and are able to do and what they still need to learn.


Importance of Developing and Using an e-portfolio

E-portfolio are important for nurse practitioner because 

It reflects on nurse’s experiences and skills

It helps in reflecting on clinical and professional growth

It helps in outlining short- and long-term goals to aid in building career path

It highlights well-established practice to demonstrate progress, archive coursework

E-Portfolio can support preparation for academic applications and professional interviews.

An ePortfolio, and the process of creating one, offers many benefits to students and nursing professionals. Here are just a few. • For practicing nurses, reflecting on your experiences and skills will help you determine how prepared you are for the positions you’re seeking. • For new graduates, reflecting on clinical and professional growth since admission to a nursing program and outlining short- and long-term goals will aid in building your career path. • In some disciplines, ePortfolios are a well-established practice to demonstrate progress, archive coursework through college, and provide evidence of meeting learning outcomes. • The process of building an ePortfolio can support preparation for academic applications and professional interviews. • Many employers still require traditional résumés, but ePortfolios are an innovative way to share your experiences and skills.


Items To Be Included In An E-portfolio

Personal information and education with professional photographs

Clinical experience with facility names, units, departments, rotations and references.

Examples of coursework that demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skill

Certifications and licensure information with a clean, edited résumé

Organization affiliations and professional development information

Clinical position, and Leadership roles 

Short- and long-term goals.

Research and quality-improvement projects

If you are a currently practicing nursing, an ePortolio can help you reflect on your skills and experience to help you determine how qualified you are for the positions you are seeking.

If you are a new nursing graduate, an ePortfolio can help you reflect on how your clinical and classroom experience helped your professional growth since you began nursing school.    You can also take the time to outline your short-term and long-term goals in the profession.  

ePortfolios are also a way to show your innovation in your profession and can help you stand out among other applicants.  A well-developed ePortfolio gives your potential employer an deeper insight into the scope of your experience, education, evaluations, and awards.  It provides them with a more in-depth look into who you are as a professional.


Examples Of E-portfolio Items For Higher Education

Short Biography with Pictures

Educational background including grades obtained

Evidence of Competencies

Awards and honors

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

Letters of recommendation and testimonials



Usually written in the third person, the bio is a condensed narrative version of a resume, but infused with more personality. It should include: name, contact info, email address, and educational background.

Educational Background

Use this section to expand on any educational information mentioned in the bio, with qualifications listed in reverse chronological order (i.e., from most recent to least recent). Each entry should include the name and location of institutions attended, degrees, majors/minors, and the actual or anticipated date of graduation (month and year).

Evidence of Competencies

Regardless the purpose or type of ePortfolio being created, it should always include evidence of competence in the areas of expertise being highlighted. This allows anyone viewing the ePortfolio to understand the range of skills, knowledge, and abilities of the creator. Each artifact included should have a purpose, overview of goals, social importance, and expected learning outcomes. 

List three to five people who have agreed to talk about your strengths, abilities and experience. Be sure to include full contact information.

Letters of recommendation and testimonials
Include feedback you’ve received from employers, customers, professors, and colleagues.


Challenges and Issues

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

E-portfolio will look like a self-advertisement

Only ‘best work’ is included with prioritization

Selection of template or style is a major challenge

Knowledge of technology and e-portfolio platform

Legal and ethical aspects

Interoperability and Standards

The amount of support needed for both institution staff and students should not be underestimated particularly when the system is first introduced. If students are offered the opportunity to keep their e-portfolio at their former institution the implications for continued technical assistance in the future needs to be considered. 

ePortfolio is consistent with different learning styles, auditory, visual, kinaesthetic and therefore should meet the needs of most students.

Legal and Ethical Challenges

The main areas to consider are those of:

• data protection

• intellectual property rights

• accessibility

NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project

With the increase in popularity of e-portfolios, key areas of interest are those of interoperability, which is the transfer of data from one system to another whilst maintaining its integrity, and standards. These issues are of particular importance when the e-portfolio is to be used to assist transition and for those supporting the use of e-portfolios to aid lifelong learning, where ideally individuals would be able to start their e-portfolio at any stage in their lives and always be able to take it with them.



E-portfolio is an appropriate tool for education and evaluation. It has been used as a method for demonstrating nursing competency. E-portfolio helps nurse graduates and professionals to showcase their skills and abilities to prosper in the career. 

Future recommendations

Understanding the impact of e-portfolio on technical knowledge

Assessing legal and ethical issues of misuse of portfolio

Finding an effective way to optimize portfolio information

Assessing top e-portfolio platforms 


NR 512 Week 3 E-Portfolio Project


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