Assignment: Electronic Documentation
Assignment: Electronic Documentation
Jaime Hannans is an assistant professor of nursing, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California. Yosemite Olivo was a student at California State University Channel Islands at the time this article was written.
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Your ePortfolio should give potential employers a full picture of who you are as a nursing professional, whether you’ve been in practice for years or are a recent graduate.
• Provide basic information, including your name, education, certifications, and contact information.
• Include your professionally taken photograph so employers have a vi- sual representation to connect with.
• Embed a clean, edited résumé (or the content normally found in a ré- sumé) with the option to print. In- clude certifications and related work experiences.
• If you have permission, include ref- erences with contact information. If not, simply state that you can be contacted for references.
• Outline your short- and long-term goals. Consider developing a nurs- ing philosophy statement.
• Include organizational and volun- teer experiences. If you’re seeking work in a specific field, such as pedi- atrics, highlight your experience and volunteer work with pediatric popu- lations.
If you’re a student, share your clini- cal experiences. Include facility names, units and departments to
which you were assigned, clinical ro- tation and course hours, projects in which you participated, and elec- tronic documentation systems you used.
• If you’re a practicing nurse, include information about your clinical posi- tions, leadership roles (both formal, such as nurse manager, and infor- mal, such as chair of the unit patient safety committee), and research and quality-improvement projects.
• Include examples of experiences that demonstrate leadership, com- munication skills, and teamwork.
What should be in your ePortfolio?
Make your ePortfolio content easily accessible for
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.