Reflective journal and professional portfolio
The aim of this assessment is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your engagement and learning with the theory presented in each of the four online topics in this course. The objectives of this assessment are to demonstrate your ability to complete a reflective journal, present a professional portfolio, and to present a continuing professional development plan that you can utilise as a graduate registered nurse. The journal is evidence of your learning within this course and demonstrate your ability to reflect on the course material and using evidence-based literature to help inform your understanding of the topics being discussed. This assessment will enable you to prepare for professional practice as a Registered Nurse by meeting the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Nursing & Midwifery Board (NMBA) requirements of providing evidence of continuing professional development for registration (NMBA 2016).
Part A: Professional Portfolio – Reflective Journaling
This part of the assessment requires you to create an electronic Professional Portfolio and develop a reflective journal demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the content offered within this course. You are required to make four journal entries in response to fortnightly question/s posted in each of the four topics in the course. The fortnightly question/s are found in the fortnightly topics. You are required to complete one entry per fortnight per topic. Your evidence-based responses should be approximately 375 words for each journal entry.
Part B: Continuing Professional Development Plan
The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Registration Standard sets out the minimum requirements for CPD for nurses and midwives (NMBA 2016a). To meet this registration standard you must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per registration period (NMBA 2016a). The NMBA requires you to engage in CPD activities and encourages you to spread these activities over the course of the year (NMBA 2016b). You must keep records of your CPD for a period of five years from the date you completed the CPD (NMBA 2016a). All CPD records must be available for audit or as part of an investigation arising from a compliant (NMBA 2016a). The NMBA has developed a self-directed CPD evidence record that you can use for planning and recording your CPD (NMBA 2016c). Using the NMBA self-directed CPD evidence template, develop your CPD plan as a graduate registered nurse. Your CPD plan should identify 20 hours of CPD. Your plan should:
- Develop an action plan
- Identify your learning needs and link these needs to the RN Professional Standards for Practice (NMBA 2016)
- Identify the type of activity and provide a rationale for the type of activity you listed
- A description of the activity
- A statement of how you will evaluate completion of the activity and the CPD activity will facilitate your transition to professional practice
- State the anticipated amount of CPD hours each activity will take
For a full description of how to complete your reflective journal and continuing professional development plan and how to submit your professional portfolio please refer to the Assessment page via the course’s learnonline site.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2016a, Registration standard: Continuing professional development, viewed 03 March 2020, https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/Continuing-professional-development.aspx
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2016b, Guidelines continuing professional development, viewed 03 March 2020, https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/Continuing-professional-development.aspx
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2016c, Self-directed continuing professional development for nurses and midwives, viewed 03 March 2020, https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/Continuing-professional-development.aspx