This project examined portfolio use among Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing (SON) Monmouth campus students. The aim of this project was to assess perceptions and utilization of portfolios among OHSU SON students. Previous research suggests that portfolios can be used as a repository to highlight achievements, demonstrate competence to employers, and can help prepare for job interviews. A survey containing both quantitative and qualitative questions was sent out to student cohorts, alumni, and OHSU faculty on perceptions of portfolio benefits and utilization of the portfolio. Results showed that over half of the students felt that the portfolio was not useful, nor did they see the benefits. Almost all the students surveyed did not update their portfolio each term. Alumni felt the current portfolio was beneficial only when curating a resume. Faculty felt that the portfolio could be valuable to students but could be better implemented. There is ample evidence to show that portfolios can be beneficial for undergraduate student nurses. Recommendations were made to implement changes to increase student perceptions of portfolio benefits and portfolio utilization. This includes providing students with an orientation dedicated to the portfolio, change the platform from Sakai to Google Sites, include the portfolio in course curriculum, and remind students to download content from Sakai at the end of each term.
Burkey, Anna and Jacobs, Alyssa, "Portfolios: Helpful or Hyped?" (2020). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 204.
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