Portfolios are increasingly used to document professional development and currency after graduation and provide a measure of student achievement of expected program outcomes. Online portfolios document achievement of the program objectives. By creating the portfolio, students develop self-assessment skills as they reflect on work they have completed and how the work represents what they have learned. The portfolio is a synthesis of knowledge gained and clinical experiences.
Students begin building their portfolios during the Sophomore II semester and add to them throughout the nursing program. Each semester students are expected to meet with their advisors to review and discuss the progress of their portfolios, which are completed during the Senior II semester. (Appendix F – BSN Portfolio Rubric)
After graduation from PLU, the portfolio may be used as a resource during job interviews and for applications to graduate school.