This accessible book provides a guide to the context of portfolio development and its importance not just to assessment but to the patient experience. All students undertaking pre-registration nursing qualifications are required to complete a portfolio as part of their formal assessment, in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to provide evidence of achievements in practice. Fiona Timmins offers a handy guide to approaching, putting together and developing an effective portfolio, helping you answer questions like: What should be in my portfolio? How should I present it? How will my portfolio be assessed? Reflection points and portfolio examples make the book easy to use.Key topics covered include: learning in the context of the portfolio; the purpose of portfolios; reflection and reflective practice; competence in nursing; portfolio content; portfolio structure; and, the portfolio in operation. "Making Sense of Portfolios" is essential reading for all pre- and post-registration nursing students looking for a clear and accessible guide to creating and developing a portfolio.