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Master’s Portfolio Requirements
The required research methods and statistics course in the first year of specialization (535a) provides a foundation for evidence-based clinical practice. This course expands students’ critical thinking abilities and knowledge by providing an introduction to the research methodologies and statistical analyses essential to identifying, providing, reviewing, and evaluating evidence-based advanced nursing care to diverse populations within a variety of settings. Students also develop the ability to select and evaluate appropriate techniques of measurement, and statistical techniques utilizing computer analysis.
All master’s students are required to develop, during their course of study, a master’s portfolio. The portfolio is regularly reviewed by the student’s academic adviser, who then approves the final portfolio prior to Commencement. A portfolio is a presentation (either written or electronic) of elements of learning that have occurred through- out the student’s professional education. A portfolio enables students to prepare for the increasingly complex challenges of licensure, certification, privileging, and job placement upon graduation. The content of the master’s portfolio, which may vary according to the clinical specialty and individual student, should include the following: a curriculum vitae, list of clinical sites and preceptors, clinical case and time logs (as generated via the e*value or Typhon Group Nurse Practitioner Student Tracking System), presentations, publications, and any honors the student may have received. Evidence of clinical scholarly writing is required in the master’s portfolio. Specifically, students must include either one of the following: a set of three written documents from course work activities including (a) a research critique, (b) a case study, and (c) an evidence-based paper on a clinical topic; or a written scholarly praxis suitable for publication, or a master’s thesis. Those students choosing the second option are expected to work closely with a faculty member in the development of their praxis or thesis.
During the final year, the student is expected to expand and consolidate knowledge and skill in the specialty and to assume increasingly independent responsibility for the management of patients and/or systems. In addition to the required curriculum, elective courses are available in the School of Nursing, the Graduate School, and other professional schools within the University that provide theoretical preparation in areas of education and administration, research, advanced clinical work, or further study in related fields. The student prepares a program of study in consultation with a faculty adviser.
All Master’s students in the Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health/Nurse Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialties are required to build and complete an electronic portfolio that is representative of their clinical and course work on the Classes V2 site, to be read by the student’s academic advisor and signed off by the advisor prior to graduation.
A portfolio is a presentation of elements of learning that have occurred throughout the student’s professional education. It is based on the assumption that adult learners are self- directed and take responsibility for their own educational choices. Elements of self-directed learning and reflection as well as demonstration of competencies may also be included in the portfolio. A portfolio also enables students to prepare for the increasingly complex challenges of licensure, certification, privileging and job placement upon graduation. The content of the Master’s Portfolio, which may vary according to the clinical specialty and individual student, should include at the least the following:
Clinical case and time logs (as generated via the e*value/Typhon Group Nurse Practitioner Student Tracking System)
Examples of scholarly writing which would include:
A set of three written documents from course work activities including:
a) A research critique
b) A case study
c) An evidence based paper on a nursing topic
In addition to the above required elements, students may also wish to include the following in their e-portfolios: elective academic courses or concentrations, certifications, examples of creative writing, and any other professional information that might not already be included in the CV.
Each individual portfolio is managed and uploaded by the student on Classes*v2, and then accessed (read only) by the student’s academic advisor. Students and Academic advisors will see a course tab on Classes*v2 that reads “NURS Portfolio 2013,” for example. Within the tab, students and academic advisors can click “Portfolio Folders” on the left. They will then see a folder with the student’s name. Student and faculty must then click on the name to access the folder. The student can then use the “add” button to upload documents to that folder and faculty will be able to view the contents.
For further questions about the Portfolio requirement, please contact the Specialty Coordinator. For questions about the Classes V2 upload process, please contact Sandra Esposito in Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-737-1793.
Note: Students who wish to elect to do a research project or paper in addition to their regular course work are expected to register for an Independent Study and to work closely with a faculty member in the development of their project or paper.