A portfolio is a compilation of materials that exemplifies amongst other things your skills, qualifications, education, training and experiences. It provides insight into your personality and work ethic.
Nurses are increasingly using professional portfolios as a way to maintain evidence of their learning and reflection, and to demonstrate that they have met their professional requirements.
All nurses are required to undertake continuing professional development activities to maintain, update and improve their knowledge and practice, and they can use their portfolio to document these activities. Creating and maintaining a portfolio can also enable nurses to identify their strengths and learning needs, and to develop a learning plan to address these needs.
This assessment introduces you to the use of ePortfolios. Your portfolio will comprise of content from your four (4) modules for this specialty unit. Each module has a focus and therefore each exert in your portfolio will ‘mirror’ a module.
Activities for your eportfolio module assessment:
Module 1 – Patient Education – “How does my Heart Work?”
In this module activity you are looking at how to teach your patient about their own cardiac anatomy and physiology. Based on what you have explored in Module 1 I want you to think about how you would go about explaining to your patient how their heart works. Remember that you may be working with patients from varying SES backgrounds and different educational perspectives so you need to make it so that they can understand it.
You must include one artifact related to the module topic and upload into your portfolio to demonstrate your broad research and understanding. This artifact can comprise of an article, educational resource for patients, a website that you found for consumers, published study or ‘tool’ used for patient education.
You may want to make your own educational video up explaining how the heart works…..
Module 2 – Drug Therapies in relation to Heart Conditions
In this module you looked broadly at Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) and then Drug Therapies vs Electrical cardioversion. In ACS we focused on Acute Angina Pectoris; Acute Myocardial Infarction and there were a number of classes of Antidysrhythmics used for rhythm conversion. For each for these you need to write up a drug profile for treatment and describe specifically how these drugs work on the heart. Put this in a table and include the following headings:
1. Drug Class
2. how it works on the heart specifically
3. Side effects
4. Indications for use
You must include one artifact related to the module topic and upload into your portfolio to demonstrate your broad research and understanding. This artifact can comprise of an article, published study or a suitable reference that is no older than 5 years in age for publication date.
Module 3 – Procedural Risks
Many patients are vulnerable and a considered to be at risk populations with complex cardiac problems and multiple comorbidities. These patients bring special ‘risk’ to any procedural intervention. These risk factors are then compounded by the clinical environment, the potential for the use of medications and anaesthetics, their physical condition of the patient and the reason they are undergoing a particular surgical intervention or procedure. Then you add the trauma due to the procedure itself and then you can start to picture why there are some patients who are at higher risks than others.
There are 3 main types of pacing: Transcutaneous pacing; Epicardial Pacing; and Tranvenous pacing. Choose 1 type of pacing and research what the main procedural risks are for the patient undergoing these types of pacing.
You must include one artifact related to the module topic and upload into your portfolio to demonstrate your broad research and understanding. This artifact can comprise of an article, published study or ‘tool’ used in the area of risk, risk assessment or risk management, in relation to the specific risk/s you have chosen to explore.
Module 4 -Understanding Shock
Shock is a multifaceted complication that is life-threatening and is considered a medical emergency. In Module 4 Week 8 we looked at 3 different types of shock: Hypovolaemic; Cardiogenic; and Distributive. Choose one of these types of shock and do a mind map that demonstrates your understanding of the following:
1. Pathophysiology of the type of shock
2. Signs and symptoms – you have to link this back to the pathophysiology
3. Nursing care and Management
4. The main causes of the type of shock
Your 2000 word response (approx 500 words per module) needs follow academic writing standards, written in 3rd person and include APA referencing. Your initial portfolio page / component must act as your cover sheet for the assessment and therefore requires the Unit Code, Unit Title, Unit Convener, Student Name, Student ID#, Total word count and due date.
Ensure you upload your eportfolio ‘URL’ link into the dropbox, so as your assessment can be marked