Purposes and Definition
The purposes of a Portfolio are to do the following:
Documentation and Evidence
Your Professional Portfolio will contain the following documentation and evidence*:
*See the Portfolio Sections and Formatting Guidelines (below) for details about each of these items to be included in your Portfolio.
Evidence Collection and Documentation Storage
At the beginning of the MSN program, you should have initiated the process of collecting evidence and storing materials and information in an organized way. In preparation for assembling your Professional Portfolio, you may wish to complete the following:
NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum Sections and Formatting Guidelines
Your Professional Portfolio consists of one document, with specified sections.
Save a version of the Portfolio Template to create your Professional Portfolio document.
Prior to copying and pasting the NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum assignments into your saved version of the Portfolio Template, review the Portfolio Assignment from each of your prior courses and make the following adjustments:
o Update the title page of each Portfolio Assignment to match the template specifications.
o If the NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum assignment is in a format other than Word (e.g., PowerPoint or Excel), save it as a Word document, if possible, so that you can integrate it into your Portfolio document. If that is not possible, you may need to save an assignment as an image file to be included in your portfolio or list the item in Table 2 (Other Non-Electronic Documents).
o Use Times New Roman font (12 point) throughout.
o Ensure that each assignment is double-spaced throughout. (If necessary, select all or highlight the area to be updated, click on Format, Paragraph, and then select Line Spacing: Double.)
In your saved version of the NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum Portfolio Template, be sure to address the following:
NURS 6001: Week 5: Professional Development Plan
Graduate Nursing Leadership & Management Portfolio Requirements
|Course Name (italics) & Assignments
|Leadership in Nursing and Health Care
|Week 2 Portfolio: Analyzing a Need for Change (Paper) (Assignment submitted in Week 8)
|Finance and Economics in Health Care Delivery
|Week 11 Portfolio: Process Flow Analysis (Discussion) (Discussion Assignment submitted in Week 11)
|Managing Human Resources
|Week 5 Portfolio: Coaching Employees (Paper) (Assignment submitted in Week 6)
|Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes. NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum
|Week 7 Portfolio: Section 3: Quality Measurement and Assessment (Assignment submitted in Week 8)
|Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations
|Week 6 Portfolio: Comprehensive Course Project: Developing a Strategic Plan
(Assignment submitted in Week 11)
|Capstone: Synthesis Practicum – Leadership and Management
|Practicum Project Presentation (Assignment submitted in Week 11)
o The date of submission/completion is indicated on each item included in your Portfolio, as appropriate
o The font and font size (Time New Roman, 12 point) is consistent throughout the document (do not use all caps)
o The margins on the document are standard: APA style indicates 1” on all four sides; while your portfolio may vary slightly from these specifications, it must be consistent and reflect a scholarly appearance. NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum.
o The Portfolio document includes page numbers at the top right corner. The page numbers are automatically formatted in the Portfolio Template. If necessary, you can adjust or add automatically formatted page numbers to your Word document by selecting Insert, Page Number in the tool bar and then selecting Top of Page, alignment Right
o Images are used sparingly and only as needed, since including images can make the size of your Portfolio difficult to upload/download
Why am I being asked to develop a comprehensive Portfolio? The Walden MSN Program Faculty believe a Portfolio:
Is my Portfolio graded?
The individual assignments and parts of the Portfolio are graded throughout the program. The Final Portfolio is graded at various points during the curriculum, and compilation of the Portfolio is due at the end of the program in NURS 6600. The NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum grading rubric is included in NURS 6600.
When is my Portfolio due?
Parts of the Portfolio are due as you complete assignments, projects, courses, and reflect on your growth and program experiences. The Portfolio will contain all the pieces of evidence that support your attainment of the learning and program outcomes. The Final Portfolio should be sent as a Word document to your assigned Faculty Member by Day 3 of Week 11 of NURS 6600.
What are the contents of the Portfolio?
Portfolios are individual creations, and will not look exactly alike. The Portfolio is organized into sections so that specific types of information and evidence can be extracted when needed. NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum Data collection and research activities, related to organizational and program goals, are part of the content.
Portfolio Term Definitions
Program Outcomes – Statements that predict what learners will have gained as a result of the learning process; they are linked to the knowledge, understanding, skills, capabilities, and values that a student will have gained after completing the program.
Learning Objectives – Statements that predict what learners should have gained as a result of the learning process, stated as course objectives. There are course objectives and program learning outcomes.
Descriptive Statements – Statements that are intended to give the reader a mental image of something experienced (such as a scene, person, or sensation), “what is,” or “fact.” Descriptive statements can predict a future state of affairs.
Résumé – A brief account of one’s professional or work experience and qualifications.
Reflection – Statements describing your personal and professional growth in specific areas.
Evidence – Basis for belief or disbelief, or knowledge on which to base belief.
Growth – Personal progression from simple to more complex as the basis for “the growth of a culture.”
Journal – A written, narrative record of observations, ideas, and insights that are recorded on a regular basis, while they are still fresh. NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum. A journal allows you to store thoughts about interconnections between separate courses and document meaningful experiences, thoughts, and feelings about the process of becoming a master’s prepared nurse.
Submitting Your Portfolio
Bennett, A. M. (2008). Creating a professional portfolio. Retrieved from http://journals.lww.com/nursing/fulltext/2008/09000/creatingaprofessionalportfolio.45 .aspx
Casey, D. C., & Egan, D. (2010). The use of professional portfolios and profiles for career enhancement. British Journal Of Community Nursing, 15(11), 547–552. NURS 6600: Capstone Synthesis Practicum.