Benefits of the Professional Development Portfolio
Variety of Learning Activities AcceptableEach of us has a unique preference for the way we learn. The Professional Development Portfolio allows RDs and DTRs to identify their own unique learning needs, to create a plan based on those needs, and to carry out that plan by participating in a wide variety of activity types that cater to many different learning styles.
In addition to meeting the recertification requirements of CDR, the Portfolio has multiple other uses.
Meeting Joint Commission Competence Assessment Standards
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has Management of Human Resources standards regarding competence assessment and development. The Portfolio steps of reflection and learning needs assessment, learning plan development, self-evaluation of learning plan objectives, and application of learning are consistent with the intent of these standards.
In fact, in some cases, a facility's process established to meet JCAHO standards may be approved as the reflection and learning needs assessment step of the recertification model. Conversely, dietetics staff likely could use documentation of the CDR system to meet Joint Commission standards, thus preventing a duplication of efforts.
Meeting Licensure Requirements
Many state licensure boards require dietetics professionals to earn continuing education to maintain licensure. Licensed professionals can use continuing professional education units for both licensure and CDR recertification.
CDR has ongoing communications with licensure boards to encourage their adoption of the Portfolio, where possible. However, it remains the responsibility of individual professionals to verify that the activities engaged in meet the requirements of both CDR and the state licensing board.
Tool for Career Development
Because learning and development are a continual part of professional life, a portfolio remains useful throughout your career. Keeping copies of your completed Portfolio forms can help you demonstrate the paths you have taken and assist you in determining future growth and career directions.
Additionally, it can provide support when you are applying for a new position by helping you to create a resume or enhance an existing one. This is particularly important in the current health care environment where an ability to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and growth is very attractive to present and future employers.