E-Portfolios: Useful Tools?


The Indiana Action Coalition Interprofessional Education Committee is chaired by Linda Finke, RN, PhD, Sr. Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice, Professor of Nursing, Indiana University Purdue University--Fort Wayne and Scott A. Engum, MD, Professor of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Interprofessional Education Committee of the Indiana Action Coalition: Transforming Healthcare, as part of its ongoing work, explored the concept of a statewide system of e-portfolios for healthcare professionals. They began by surveying Indiana Human Resource Directors to determine the worth of such a system. Twenty individuals, including human resource vice presidents and directors, chief nursing officers, managers and nurse recruiters responded. Results of the survey, which was conducted with the assistance of the Indiana Hospital Association, included:

  • 90% of respondents already use some kind of electronic job application system.
  • 85% stated they would use a state-wide e-portfolio system to learn more about job applicants, but only 26% would be willing to replace their current system with an e-portfolio system.
  • 40% would use an applicant’s e-portfolio to make a hiring decision.
  • 70% of respondents believe an e-portfolio system would be useful to track employees work history and achievements.
  • 70% would also use such a system for self-study or accreditation purposes.

Asked what should be included in the system, respondents noted:

  • 100% responded that it would be important to include license identification, resumes and certificates.
  • A majority also responded that the system should incorporate transcripts and letters of reference.

Finally, only three respondents indicated that their institutions would be willing to provide the financial support necessary for the development of an e-portfolio system, while the rest felt that would be unlikely. Respondents noted that more cost-benefit analysis is needed. Others observed that an e-portfolio system should interface with existing application systems and provide current information by linking to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

by Indiana Action Coalition | December 20, 2012

Tags: data, interprofessional-collaboration, leadership, practice, indiana

Annie Saechao

Thank you for posting this. As a nursing student getting ready to graduate in May, one of our assignments this semester was to create an e-portfolio. At first I questioned whether this e-portfolio would increase my chances of being hired after graduating, since there are already many well known job search databases out there, but the data posted, which shows that employers will at least look through e-portfolios to search for potential hires, makes me feel better. While creating my e-portfolio, I did not think to include letters of references, but that is definitely a great idea; one that I need to incorporate into my portfolio.
Posted on: January 30, 2013, 12:24 am

Amy Huang

Thank you for sharing this. I'm also a nursing student getting ready to graduate, and have also been introduced to an e-portfolio. Having created one, I find that it is convenient and easy to set one up and upload any materials you want onto it. Though I'm happy to hear that many employers are interested in the concept of an e-portfolio, I am a little disappointed that only three of the twenty respondents would provide the financial support to create a state-system of e-portfolio. I agree that more research needs to be done to see what the costs are to create and support such a system. I'm excited to see what happens to the e-portfolio in the future.
Posted on: January 30, 2013, 8:36 pm


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