This book and the series has to be a must have item on the nursing students book list.
Title: Successful Professional Portfolios for Nursing Students - 2nd edition
Author: Suzanne Reed
Publisher: Sage Publishing
Reviewer: Jane Brown, quality governance manager, Clinical Support, Worcester Acute NHS
What was it like?
This text book is such a user friendly and easy guide for a nursing student to construct their portfolio. This works in conjunction with the NMC to ensure that students evidence their competencies.
What were the highlights?
I have been lucky to have not only been taught by the author, but also was part of an independent hospital professional development group and gained so much knowledge from the author that it is a pleasure to be reviewing one of her publications.
The book acts as a tool and is easy to use because the author has spent a great deal of tome working with students and her style of writing is good. For the nursing student there are good examples from other student portfolios so the student can gauge what is a good example.
The fact this is linked to the NMC makes this ideal and for the student there is no confusion working with differing tools.
Strengths & Weaknesses?
The strengths are that this is well written and sets out the journey well for the student throughout the seven chapters. It is up to date covers the 6Cs, evidence based practice, the use of reflection and critical thinking. The further reading at the end of each chapter is relevant and up to date and that the Francis report is mentioned in this text book as there is still lessons to be learnt. I also found the useful websites a stage further to reading this book and again extremely relevant. As expected there were no weaknesses.
Who should read it?
This book and the series has to be a must have item on the nursing students book list. I would urge universities to ensure all nursing student read and apply this book.
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