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Job Interview -- Portfolio?


Fellow clinical educators... do you typically bring a portfolio to job interviews? I moved into an educator role with my current employer (acute care setting), so I've never interviewed for a comparable position. As someone who interviews a lot of nurses, I admit that I don't pay a lot of attention to portfolios, but for an educator, I'm thinking it might be a good idea to showcase/highlight different projects and materials.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

I have not, but then I am new to the specialty. I can see where it would be a good opportunity to showcase projects you have worked on.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

It's been a long time since I have interviewed for a job ... but I do interview candidates for staff educator positions on a semi-regular basis. I think having 2 or 3 examples would be nice ... and I would recommend bringing them to the interview. But most people I have interviewed don't do that.

I didn't have much time to prepare something elaborate prior to my interview, so I brought along a couple issues of my education newsletter... I figured it was enough to provide a look at my style. It was well-received and provided a few talking points as well. I think I'll probably put together something a little more formal with a wider variety of material for future interviews. Thanks for the input!

I am a student in a Master of Science in Nursing Education program. Each semester we add our course syllabus and an example of our work to our portfolio. We maintain our portfolio through Blackboard. There are websites which provide useful templates for this as well. Our professors have told us this is a great employment tool along with our CV.