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  • Has Your Career Outgrown Your Resume?

    When you consider the factors which make people successful in their careers, the capacity to represent your value is nearly as important as the creation of that value in the first place. This is particularly true if you are building your career in the healthcare, academia or other technical profession where your competency indicators are quite often valued as much by their weight in pounds as their weight in importance.

    The term “portfolio” typically refers to an assembly of your best stuff.

    Your financial portfolio is collection of carefully selected investment vehicles which are designed to best define your financial value. When it comes to your career, a portfolio can be used to represent a selection of elements which best define your professional value, your overall competency. An artist, designer or photographer creates a binder they show to new clients or hiring managers as a representation of their craft. This is pretty straight forward for professions where the aesthetic value of your work is what defines you. When it comes to a field such as nursing however, the competency picture is a little more difficult to capture and express.

    Here, you are dealing with a lot of continuing education courses which need to be completed for compliance or for advancement. You have your professional license and healthcare certifications which must be kept up to date and presented to those who ask. You also have the checklists which were completed by your preceptors, or evaluations written by your managers which can both weigh heavily when illustrating how well you demonstrate your skills in practice. All this, even before you consider your experience, degrees and other items found in a traditional resume. Before long, the static resume you keep in Microsoft Word is no match for all of the competency indicators you have worked so hard to acquire. Why sell yourself short?

    The good news is that with the development of cloud computing, along with the ever increasing number of devices available to connect you, there is no better time to leave your Word file behind. Decision Critical has been a software as a service (SaaS) provider since 1999 and has become a leader in the healthcare space for competency management tools, including the online portfolio. The full suite of tools help institutions to pull together course transcripts, evaluations, completed checklists, resumes, reflections and more on their people. This can all be used to gain a complete competency picture of their staff and to deliver compliance reporting.

    Individual nurses have access to a powerful online application which lets them capture and store their entire life’s body of work, much of which can even be auto-populated. When it comes time to show their wares, they can easily select the key indicators they want to include in a custom view and send it to the audience of their choosing. The nurse owns all of their information which can be taken when they graduate from school or move up the ladder over the span of their career. It has never been easier to show the world what you have to offer.

    Learn more about how portfolios can help you your career at the Decision Critical web site.

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  • Decision Critical Founder & CEO Runs for Future Nurses

    There is no question that those in the healthcare community perform heroic and lifesaving tasks each day in order to care for others.  In the spring of 2009, Santa Clara High School’s staff nurse, Eileen Bowden, performed CPR on the school’s softball coach after he collapsed with no pulse after a team practice.


    Bowden’s actions kept the coach alive until paramedics arrived at the school, but then nurse Bowden collapsed.  Tragically, she died en route to the local medical center.  To read more about Bowden’s story, please click here.


    In 2009, Kenneth Dion, Decision Critical Founder and CEO, ran the San Francisco half-marathon for the first time in an effort to help raise funds for nursing scholarships and to increase awareness around the need for future nursing leaders.  Dion made his run in remembrance of Eileen Bowden.  His efforts raised over $3,200 toward the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered through the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association.


    On July 25, 2010, Dion ran the half marathon for a second time in memoriam of Bowden and raised another $2,000 toward the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Fund to help nurses of today become leaders of tomorrow.


     “I am not a runner,” Dion said.


     “John F. Kennedy once said that, ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things . . . not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’ In an effort to bring increased attention to our need for future professional nurses, I chose this event because it was hard.


    “I wanted people to know that this was an idea that I took very, very seriously.  I believe that the importance of nurses like Eileen lives on in her memory and if we do not recognize and make others aware of the need for exceptional nurses like Eileen, they will not be there when we need them.  We must all support aspiring nurses financially while they make the hard personal sacrifices on their journey to becoming a professional nurse.”


    To donate to Dion’s efforts and the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Fund, please click here.


    To learn more about the Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship and other nursing scholarships, visit the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association website.

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