Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Journal of Trauma Nursing
It is traditionally assumed that licensure of healthcare professionals means that they are minimally competent. Many nursing specialty organizations offer examinations and other processes for certification, suggesting that certification is associated with continued competency. Can standardized examination for certification and continuing education for recertification ensure continued competency? Continuing education and testing provide a limited picture of an individual's knowledge and/or skill acquisition in a limited area at one point in time. However, portfolios promote critical thinking, self-assessment, and individual accountability. A portfolio is a portable mechanism for evaluating competencies that may otherwise be difficult to assess. This article summarizes some of the literature addressing portfolios, including aspects of portfolio development process, the value of portfolios versus continuing education for competency assessment, evidence associated with portfolio usage, and suggestions for organizing nursing portfolios.
Byrne, Michelle; Delarose, Teresa; King, Cecil A.; Leske, Jane Stover; Sapnas, Kathryn G.; and Schroeter, Kathryn, "Continued Professional Competence and Portfolios" (2007). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 688.
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