In today’s job market for new nurse graduates, the role of the professional portfolio can be vital to the hiring process, and ultimately, to success in landing a first position. You may have found that many online applications are quite limiting in the amount of information that can be shared as only so many documents can be uploaded. The professional portfolio incorporates a number of pieces that allow you to present yourself as both a custom tailored and competitive candidate for hire when put together. It is most helpful in an interview as a tool used to guide your conversation by pointing out relevant speaking points when addressing questions. It can then be left with the nurse recruiter or nurse manager at the conclusion of your interview for further review. You might consider including your:


  • Resume + Cover Letter
  • Personal Statement (introduction & future goals)
  • Official Academic Transcript (if unofficial, on school letterhead including logo)
  • Letters of Recommendation (ie. professor, clinical instructor, academic advisor, supervisor)
  • Honors/Awards
  • Professional Membership Involvement (ie. NSNA, Sigma Theta Tau)
  • Sample Work: Scholarly Paper, Evidence Based Inquiry Presentation, Performance Improvement Project (ie. powerpoint or sample teaching)
  • Research
  • Certifications/Licenses (ie. CNA, RN, BLS, ACLS)
  • Clinical Experience Matrix
  • Clinical Rotation Evaluations
  • Complex Care Plans/Patient Concept Maps
  • Volunteer Work
  • Publications


Developing a stellar professional portfolio allows an employer to thoroughly get to know you through your experience, accomplishments, and ambitions, and shows initiative. It also provides an organized approach to demonstrating competency and career pathways as a nurse. For a closer look at the value of the professional portfolio, please feel free to visit the following articles highlighting its use in nursing practice.

* Evidence-based assessment of portfolio

* Professional nurse portfolio

* The value of portfolio building


Lia is an RN, BSN, PHN who works as a Labor & Delivery RN. She resides in Texas.

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