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Professional Development Framework:

An exemplar is a story of a real patient told to illustrate an RN’s practice. The exemplar is written in the first person and describes in detail a particular clinical situation that includes the nurse’s thoughts, feelings, intentions, actions, critical thinking and decision-making process. 

The exemplar is an opportunity to explore the richness of an individual RN’s practice and experience. It shows how the RN uses his or her knowledge, experience, skills and personal resources in the care of an individual patient and/or family.

The exemplar is the cornerstone of the Application Portfolio, providing a view of the depth of an RN’s practice. For this reason, exemplars must be from current patient situations on your current unit that took place within the last year.

Dr. Chris Pacini's, Ph.D., RN special presentation on exemplar writing

Dr. Chris Pacini, former Director of Educational Services for Nursing, shares her knowledge and expertise around the topic of exemplar writing. This presentation provides a background on what an exemplar is, as well as practical considerations as you approach this element of your portfolio.

Exemplar Self Check

Target Audience:UMHS Nurses | Author/Contact: Stephanie Minerath
Last reviewed: 11/10/2015 April Stingo