Professional Portfolio – A Must Have for NP Students

One of the items that the NP program where I serve as adjunct faculty is guiding our students to have a professional portfolio. The portfolio consists of the items below and all NP students who are soon graduating should also have a similar file. Many choose to keep this in an electronic format for easy accessibility.

Most of these items are required for the credentialing process. Credentialing can easily take 1-3 months and is the process that insurers/practices use to determine whether to accept that provider in their network (after all, insurers do not want providers with an extensive malpractice history and want to ensure that the providers legitimately hold the credentials  they claim to have.  ?Most insurers follow the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) or Council for Affordable Healthcare (CAQH) standard. These standards require initial and ongoing verification of all of the above so it’s best to have this information current and easily retrievable.

In Other News…..

Also, National NP Week 2013 will soon be upon us. NP week is from 11/10 – 11/16 and is when celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the nations’ 170,000 nurse practitioners (and soon to be nurse practitioners). Check out the AANPs website for a wonderful resource guide that you can use and get your own facility to recognize this week as well!


I’m Dr. Stephen Ferrara, a practicing Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of clinical experience. I’m a senior clinical associate at a large urban hospital system in the Bronx, NY and I’ve owned and operated the largest Nurse Practitioner retail based clinic operation in New York State. I have experience in college, correctional and men’s health.

I have my Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Nursing as well as my Master’s degree, and recently I attained the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree! I’m active within my state’s nurse practitioner association and have lectured at numerous conferences.

In addition to blogging here at, for the past 3 years I’ve authored A Nurse Practitioner’s View. I have a passion for health care technology and integrating evidence-based practice into daily practice.Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find the information on this blog useful for your educational and career endeavors into the field of nursing.