The Impact of Professional Portfolio on Nurses' Clinical Competence


Masoud Bahreini 1 , * , Fazlollah Ahmadi 1 , Shohre Shahamat 1 , Soodabeh Behzadi 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Bahreini M, Ahmadi F, Shahamat S , Behzadi S . The Impact of Professional Portfolio on Nurses' Clinical Competence, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2012 ; 8(2):e61512.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 8 (2); e61512
Published Online: January 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 10, 2017
Accepted: September 20, 2011




Background & Objectives: Portfolios as new educational tools can play an important role in
improving clinical competence of nurses. However, scientific evidences about the impact of
portfolios on nurses' clinical competence are limited and few studies have been done in Iran. This
study aimed to determine the impact of professional portfolio on nurses' clinical competence in a
hospital affiliated to Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this quasi-experimental, pretest- intervention- posttest study, from 22 units of the
selected hospital, 4 general units were selected randomly. Nurses of 2 units were studied as
experimental group and participated in a 12-month portfolio-based Professional development
program. Nurses of 2 other units were considered as control group and participated in the routine
professional development programs of their units. Data were collected by a valid and reliable scale
measuring clinical competence of nurses. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics,
independent and paired t-test.
Results: After intervention, mean clinical competence in experimental group showed a significant
increase from 76.72 (± 6.45) to 85.68 (± 6.43) (p<0.001), while in the control group this increase
75.31 (± 11.9) to 80.69 (± 7.11) was not significant(p=0.08).
Conclusion: This study showed that portfolio is an effective tool for improving nurses’ clinical
competence. Studying about the efficacy of these tools in nursing practice in order to enhance
nursing professional development is necessary.


Portfolio Clinical Competency Nursing

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