Week5 | NUR6002N | Walden University

Discussion: Strategies for Academic Portfolios

In the realm of marketing, a successful branding strategy is one of the most important contributors to organizational success. A solid branding strategy can help add visibility and credibility to a company’s products.

Similarly, nurse-scholars can build a personal brand to add visibility and credibility to their work. You can begin building your brand by developing and maintaining an academic portfolio. Such an activity can help share the results of your efforts and contribute to your success. This week’s Discussion asks you to consider and share strategies for building your portfolio.

To Prepare:

  • Reflect on strategies that you can pursue in developing portfolios or portfolio elements that focus on academic achievements.
  • Review one or more samples from your own research of resources focused on portfolio development.
By Day 3

Post an explanation of at least two strategies for including academic activities and accomplishments into your professional portfolio.

Support main post with 3 of more current, credible sources and cite source within content of posting and on a reference list in proper APA.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Casey, D. & Egan, D. (2013). The use of professional portfolios for career enhancement. British Journal of Nursing, 15(11), 547–552. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.11.79625 

Hannans, J. & Olivo, Y. (2017). Craft a positive nursing digital identity with an ePortfolio. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 48–49 https://www.americannursetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Digital-Identity-1017a-1.pdf

Smith, L. S. (2011). Showcase your talents with a career portfolio. Nursing, 41(7), 54–56. doi:10.1097/01.NURSE.0000398641.62631.8e. 

Spear, M. (2016). Taking charge of your professional growth and development: Where do I start? Plastic Surgical Nursing, 36(3), 100–102. Retrieved from https://www.nursingcenter.com/journalarticle?Article_ID=3764611&Journal_ID=496448&Issue_ID=3764599 

Thompson, T. L. (2011). Electronic portfolios for professional advancement. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 25(4), 169–170. 

Walden University. (n.d.). Walden University catalog. Retrieved October 4, 2019, from https://catalog.waldenu.edu
Select College of Health Sciences, then Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Review the MSN Learning Outcomes on this page.

Walden University (2018). Creating your curriculum vitae: A building block to your future. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/careerservices/careerwebinars/resumesandCVs

Walden University. (2018). Curriculum Vitae guide: Build your curriculum vitae (c.v.). Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/careerservices/cvguide

Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Walden templates: Overview. Retrieved October 12, 2018, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/templates

NOTE: Download and review the School of Nursing template by navigating to “Program-Specific Templates,” “School of Nursing,” and selecting “School of Nursing Writing Template With Instructions.” 

Document: APA Basics Checklist: Citations, Reference List, and Style (PDF)

Document: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template (Word document)