Center for Continued Nursing Learning

CCNL

Documenting Continuing Competency with a Portfolio

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00am 12:00pm

Portfolios have been used by artists and designers for decades to show their best work.  Yet portfolios are foreign to most nurses.  There is a cry by the public and regulatory bodies for health care providers to not only demonstrate initial competency, but continued competence.  Today’s healthcare environment has no place for professional obsolescence. How do nurses and other health care professionals demonstrate continued competence?  Some have suggested that there should be a general core competency test for each licensure level, others have suggested a focused test for area of specialty, others an examination on emerging issues, and some a combination of these.  As of February 2009 Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council is using a portfolio to document continuing competence.  This professional nursing portfolio addresses assessment, continuing professional development, and currency of practice.  Whether or not state boards of nursing eventually require portfolios, these are great tools for documenting skills and abilities as well as expressing values.

Contact Hours: 3.8   Fee: $79.00