Barriers to electronic portfolio access in the clinical setting

Bogossian, Fiona E. and Kellett, Susan E. M. (2010) Barriers to electronic portfolio access in the clinical setting. Nurse Education Today, 30 8: 768-772. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2010.02.003

Author Bogossian, Fiona E.
Kellett, Susan E. M.
Title Barriers to electronic portfolio access in the clinical setting
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.02.003
Volume 30
Issue 8
Start page 768
End page 772
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract

The University of Queensland has developed the Clinical Practice Performance electronic Portfolio (CPPeP) as a learning and assessment tool for third year nursing students. To promote effective use of the CPPeP in the clinical setting, barriers must be identified and strategies developed to overcome them.


A 24-question survey exploring the use and perceptions of the CPPeP was administered to 42 third year nursing students. Questions explored actual barriers encountered while eight open-ended questions were thematically analysed for perceived barriers.


A 100% response rate was achieved. Students were comfortable with working with computers. Twenty nine students (69%) encountered specific barriers. Of the 152 written comments to the open-ended questions, perceived barriers were evident in 72 of them. Barriers experienced related to gaining access, finding time and staff attitude. The majority of students made their portfolio entries at home.


Students enjoyed using the CPPeP but competed with staff for the limited numbers of computers available. Heavy workloads and ‘busyness’ of the wards also prohibited access along with negative staff attitudes and reluctance of registered nurses to engage as student preceptors. The issue of overcoming barriers is more complex than simply providing more computers or overcoming staff prejudices. Finding time is a barrier not easily overcome given the current and projected nursing shortage.
© 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Keyword Electronic portfolios
Clinical education
Student nurses
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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