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Successful Professional Portfolios for Nursing Students

Successful Professional Portfolios for Nursing Students

Second Edition

May 2015 | 136 pages | Learning Matters

Transforming Nursing Practice is a series tailor made for pre-registration student nurses. Each book in the series is:

·         Affordable

·         Mapped to the NMC Standards and Essential Skills Clusters

·         Full of active learning features

·         Focused on applying theory to practice

‘A fantastic little book for helping nursing students and qualified nurses to understand what a successful portfolio should look like.’
Dr Gabrielle ThorpeSchool of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia


This book is a simple, quick and easy to use guide to building a professional portfolio for nursing students. Students are required by the NMC to keep an ongoing record of achievement, to demonstrate their competence at each stage of their programme. The portfolio is an essential part of the assessment of practice to demonstrate nursing competence. This book gives a step-by-step and practical explanation of how to compile a professional portfolio to succeed in these assessments. It can be used throughout nursing programmes and into your nursing career as a tool to help with interviews, appraisals and the NMC revalidation process.

Key features

- Excerpts from other students' portfolios show what makes a good portfolio

- Step-by step activities guide you through building your own portfolio

- Linked to the latest NMC Standards and ESCs for pre-registration nursing education

About the Author

Suzanne Reed is an experienced General Manager with many years working at strategic and operational levels in the NHS and Independent Sector. She is currently a freelance writer and a voluntary carer in the community.

What is a Portfolio?
Personal Development Planning
Collecting Evidence for your Portfolio
Using your Portfolio to Demonstrate Achievement
Using your Portfolio Throughout your Programme
Your Portfolio and Assessment
Your Career and your Portfolio

This is well-written and sets out the journey well for the student. It is up to date [as it] covers the 6Cs, evidence-based practice, the use of reflection and critical thinking... A must-have item on the nursing student's book list.

Jane Brown, quality governance manager, Clinical Support, Worcester Acute NHS
Nursing Times

A well thought out introduction to professional portfolios. Guides the student through developing a personal portfolio, helping them to showcase their knowledge and skills.

Ms Patricia Conaghan
Nursing, Manchester University
June 1, 2022

gives excellent guidelines to writing and maintaining a professional portfolio

Mrs marina kendrick
Burton Nurse Education Centre, Wolverhampton University
October 26, 2016

Excellent resource for students

Mrs Beryl Ann Cooledge
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
June 21, 2016

A great read which enables students to not only start and continue developing their portfolios but enables nursing students to realize the importance and potential of a portfolio for professional practice.

Mrs Donna Stephanie Lewis
Nursing, Wolverhampton University
October 30, 2016

aids & supports student development on the three year nursing programme when submitting their portfolio work

Mr Hywel Thomas
College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University
October 30, 2015

To support student's portfolio development and underpinning knowledge

Miss Michelle Chappell
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
October 23, 2015

A useful book that includes strategies for reflecting upon and recording learning experiences that are relevant to life long learning.

Mr Dean Whybrow
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
October 8, 2015

A useful book for student nurses as well as nurse lecturers using portfolio for assessment. Some of the activities were a little basic for me and I would have liked to have seen more about e-portfolios

Mr Paul Smith
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Dundee University
September 28, 2015

I recommend this text for both students and tutors

Mrs Janette Barker
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
November 20, 2015

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