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This site is for student nurses or nurses starting out. Letters to a Young Nurse are blog posts written like letters to help you find your way and make your journey as a nurse less difficult. 


A professional nursing portfolio

I have been a nurse for over 30 years and have had a number of different positions. When I went back and got my Masters last year, I had to make a professional nursing portfolio for one of the assignments. I had no idea what that was but soon found out how helpful it is and wish I had known about it as a new grad. So, I will save you some time and trouble by telling you to make one now as a nursing student or as a new grad. According to Davis (2015) a nursing portfolio is different from a resume or a curriculum vitae as it is much more comprehensive. You will use it to keep track of skills and competencies which can be helpful when you apply for jobs. As an employer, if someone handed me their portfolio, I would have been very impressed. It keeps your licenses all of your licenses and certificates in one place. In mine I had a page for references and my current resume along with my transcripts from colleges and universities, volunteer activities and names and phone numbers for references. I also included publications and orientations I had written. You can add any performance appraisals from previous jobs or from nursing school, CEUs, awards and many others. See the list below. Get a professional looking 3-ring binder and add indexes and any documents you think would help you stand out among the many applicants for one nursing job. You also should add your nursing philosophy and goals for your career. This can definitely change over time which is why a 3-ring binder works well. Do not forget to back up everything to the cloud or make copies and keep them in a safe place. You can see some of the documents in my portfolio in the tab above called "Portfolio."

Davis, C. (2015). Developing a professional nursing portfolio. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 13(1), 4.

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