Practice Improvement Portfolio
Step 1 – Introduction
All healthcare practitioners have an obligation to improve the quality of client care and to manage threats to client safety. As nurses, we use our knowledge, experience and evidence to improve the health experiences of people in our care The best-available evidence is necessary as a foundation for all healthcare actions. Portfolios provide a way to present that knowledge and evidence in a format that communicates to others our learning and development, as well as our current level of achievement, capability and competence.
Creating a professional portfolio allows an individual to examine their current practice against appropriate expectations or standards and will highlight potential areas for improvement, to inform a learning or career plan for continuing professional development.
In Australia nurses are required to demonstrate their continuing professional development and engagement as a condition of their registration to practice. Portfolios have a long and reliable history as a useful way to demonstrate continuing professional learning and engagement and, therefore, the progressive achievement of competency and capacity building (Andre, Heartfield, Cusack, 2017).
Why do I need to complete a professional portfolio?
Completing this portfolio will enable you to reflect on the professional knowledge and clinical skills that you have acquired in your course and provide evidence of your capability for transition to practice from an undergraduate student to a Registered Nurse /Midwife (RN/RM). This portfolio can form the basis for your future professional portfolio. It can be added to whilst you complete your graduate year, and may be further developed to include your future continuing professional development (CPD) activities, as you continue to journey in your future career.
An overview of this activity
How do I complete this Task?
It is highly recommended that you read through this section before starting on your portfolio.
Step 1 Introduction
Read the background and rationale section on this page
Access Module 1 on the LMS subject site –
watch the lecture: ‘Developing a Professional Portfolio’ located within the Module 1 link
complete the pre-workshop preparation for Developing your professional portfolio – located within the Module 1 link on LMS
Attend the Workshop based (CR simulation) session Developing your professional portfolio – please note, your portfolio will be commenced in this workshop.
Step 2 Nursing Self Evaluation section
The aim of this section is to help you reflect on your 1 most recent clinical nursing placements. The mapping exercise that you are required to complete for this section will help you to explore how your professional knowledge and clinical practice has developed over the past 18 months of the course. It will also help you to identify the areas that you may still be struggling with and need to further develop before you start your career as a Registered Nurse/Midwife.
Step 3 Nursing Standards section
In this section you will briefly summarise what you believe is your current level of professional knowledge and clinical skills for each of the 7 Nursing Standards of Practice. Your summary will guide you in developing your clinical objectives for the NSG3NRC clinical placement.
Step 4 Action Plan
Although you have summarised what you believe is your knowledge and skill level for all 7 standards, in this section you are required to develop an Action Plan for only 2 Nursing Practice Standards. It is important that your choice of the 2 Nursing Standards for this section, is guided by those areas of your practice that you feel are in the most need of further improvement or development.
Step 5 Writing clinical objectives for your Graduate Nurse Program
Having completed your 2 action plans in this section you are required to write clinical objectives for each of the 2 Standards. Your clinical objectives will help you to prepare and guide your Graduate Nurse Program.
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