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career development, nursing portfolios, portfolios, professional nursing, professional portfolios, reflection



  1. Twaddell, Jennifer W. MSN, RN
  2. Johnson, Jennifer L. MSN, RN


Nursing portfolios are purposeful collections of a nurse's tangible and intangible skills, including critical thinking, communication, and clinical abilities. They can be used for any number of creative career and professional development paths. Nurses should select portfolio pieces representative of their personal philosophy of nursing and display the professional image they choose to create. Through self-reflection, neonatal nurses may showcase talents they feel make their practice distinctive.


This article describes the purpose, importance, process, and uses of professional nursing portfolio development. Through the process of self-reflective practice and clinical experience, nurses are empowered to continue on the path of career development and professionalism.