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A TIME for Nursing Portfolios: A Tool for Career Development

Twaddell, Jennifer W. MSN, RN; Johnson, Jennifer L. MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANC.0000278213.41510.22
Professional Growth and Development

Nursing portfolios are purposeful collections of a nurse's tangible and intangible skills, including critical thinking, communication, and clinical abilities. They can be used for any number of creative career and professional development paths. Nurses should select portfolio pieces representative of their personal philosophy of nursing and display the professional image they choose to create. Through self-reflection, neonatal nurses may showcase talents they feel make their practice distinctive.

This article describes the purpose, importance, process, and uses of professional nursing portfolio development. Through the process of self-reflective practice and clinical experience, nurses are empowered to continue on the path of career development and professionalism.

From the Department of Nursing, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC.

Address correspondence to Jennifer W. Twaddell, Assistant Professor, 4574 Canasta Court, Hope Mills, NC 28348.

E-mail: jennifer.twaddell@uncp.edu

© 2007 National Association of Neonatal Nurses