Strategies For Academic Portfolios


A nursing portfolio is a tremendous asset to building confidence in your career. It preserves your educational, clinical, and professional achievements. It is a documentation of your skills and nursing experiences. One strategy to adopt when creating and enhancing a nursing portfolio is to chronologically detail the history of your professional career (Davis, 2015). Placing the events in order shows clinical development, experience, and growth. Another strategy is to list certifications, credentials, and any continuing education that has improved your career as a nurse in a specific field or with a particular population. A final strategy is to utilize the nursing portfolio as a guide and goal for the future years of your career (Davis, 2015). Establishing promotions you want to achieve, certifications you wish to obtain, licenses you wish to earn, and courses to improve your nursing licensure will guide your career path (Davis, 2015). Listing these goals shows future employers’ drive and determination.

Emphasis on Social Change

The Walden University Center for Social Change is meant to be a connective hub that promotes, facilitates, and supports collaborative alliances (Walden University, n.d.). As a nurse, you can view your colleagues, professors, and mentors as your hub. By networking, you promote, facilitate and support future alliances. Walden University’s social change mission focuses on action research and projects that lead to sustainable positive social change. As nurses, we must be active in policy and quality improvement. We can contribute to this positive social change and add to the community by remaining active.


Davis, C. (2015). Developing a professional nursing portfolio. Nursing Made Incredibly Easily, 13(1). doi: 10.1097/01.NME.0000457285.39465.5c

Walden University. (n.d.). About us. Center for Social Change.