1. Portfolios are necessary to allow nurses to prove Competency and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for AHPRA. These Portfolios need to promote and prompt nurses to reflect on CPD activities.
2. Worldwide there is growing need to migrate from paper-based portfolios to electronic portfolios which provide users with the digital tools to demonstrate their life-long learning skills, and development over time.
3. E-portfolios - are personal online spaces for clinical staff to access services and store proof of CPD. They will become more useful as clinicians grow and start moving between different types of learning and different institutions.
A professional portfolio is a document of how an individual has contributed to their ongoing professional development. It generally comprises the three aspects of Assessment, CPD and Recency of practice:
- Assessment can involve a personal reflection on the individual’s own competency to practice, a completion of a checklist against the standards or even a professional review by the employer,
- CPD is a formal record of 20 hours. Learning needs must be identified and the record of CPD must show that the individual has met these needs. It must also include a reflection on how this learning will assist you in their practice, and
- Recency of practice can be proven with the inclusion of an updated resume within the portfolio (Ceely, 2010)
Portfolios can provide evidence of understanding of concepts as well as attainment of the skills to organise, synthesize and communicate achievements. Portfolios can ensure that the individual has significant input in their own learning goals.
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