Portfolio instructions(3500 words)
The regulations require me to use appropriate citations and references in order to acknowledge where I have used any materials from any books, journals website or any other published source
Your submission should contain the following tasks:
Task 1 – Atkins and Murphy article
Task 2 – Evidence-based approach to global health promotion
Task 3 – Determinants and trends mini-essay
Task 4 – School-based health promotion
Task 5 – Nurses’ role in smoking cessation
Task 6 – HPHS self-assessment
Task 7 – Priorities in Workplace health and health promotion
Task 8 – Health promotion projects and strategies
Task 9 – Reflection on module
Where you have used ideas from a particular source you must reference correctly with Harvard citation..
This is a portfolio and not an essay so there is no need for an introduction or conclusion.
TASK 1- Atkins & Murphy article
The article by Atkins S, & Murphy K, (1994)Reflective practice, Nursing standard 8 (39), 49-56, Nursing Standard.Is available in Articles as a pdf file. Although this is an old source (1994) it is still highly relevant.
Take personal notes in your own words from the article along with the other Reflection Reading sources and answer the questions below;
What is reflection/reflective practice?
What critical thought processes underpin reflection?
What is the difference between reflection in action and reflection on action?
How does the Borton’s model of reflection compare with the Atkins and Murphy model in the article and which would you prefer to use and why?
Write up in full sentences totalling 300 -400 words and submit in your portfolio as task 1.
TASK 2 – Evidence-based approach to global health promotion
An evidence-based approach to nursing is now the norm but this approach is relatively new in health promotionespecially in relation to fighting the greatest global determinant of health – poverty.
Access the link below and listen to the video/audio clip of a talk lasting nearly 17 minutes. The talk is on fighting poverty in developing countries and the speaker focuses on whether interventions work and whether or not they are worth funding.
Ted Talks (2010)Esther Duflo: Social Experiments to fight poverty. Available at
The speaker Esther Duflo has a strong French accent but on the right hand side of the video screen you can access an interactive transcript of her talk, choosing either English or Chinese.
Take personal notes as you listen to the talk and compose a 200 word summary in your own words on the three evidence-based areas identified as successful.
Submit this 200 word summary for your portfolio accompanied by 100 words of reflection which focus on your feelings about the messages in the talk, noting anything which surprised you.
Note that your reflection should be structured using an identified model/framework of reflection. In this portfolio you need only cite this in the first task you use it in.
TASK 3 – Determinants of health and trends
Singapore is a high income, developed country in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Western Pacific region. Residents in Singapore generally have good health with high life expectancy and low mortality rates. This has resulted in an ageing population with increasing chronic health issues.
Write a 500 word referenced essay which answers the question what are the key health issues facing Singapore, currently and in the future?
Start from the Singapore Health Promotion Board website http://www.hpb.gov.sg/ and then locate and use at least 5 other sources of data and information to provide referenced support for your essay.
Remember all essays should include:
An Introduction that states how you are going to answer the question/task set and give so specific examples of areas to be covered
A Main Body that addresses the task/essay question with references citation using Harvard citation method
A Conclusion that draws out the key points from the essay and indicates the implication for future practice (this might be for you as a practitioner or the service/policy more generally)
TASK 4 – School-based health promotion
Below is a journal article by Nathan et al. (2011) which has arisen from a research project about promoting fruit and vegetable consumption in school children.
Access the link and read/study the article in detail, taking personal notes.
Using your notes about the article, make a 300 word précis (summary) in your own words which answers the questions: what are the key messages from this article and is there enough evidence offered to support the messages?
Do not replicate the abstract.
Then include a 200 word personal reflection on how (or if) the recommendations could be applied to your own nursing practice.
Nathan, N.et al. (2011) Vegetable and fruit breaks in Australian primary schools:
prevalence, attitudes, barriers and implementationstrategies.
Health Education Research 26(4) pp. 722-731
TASK 5 – Nurses’ role in smoking cessation
Below is a journal article by Whyte et al. (2006) which has arisen from a Scottish research project about interventions for tobacco smoking.
Access the link below and read/study the article in detail, taking personal notes.
Whyte, RE., Watson, HE., McIntosh, J.(2006) Nurses’ opportunistic interventions with patients in relation to smoking. Journal of Advanced Nursing Volume 55, Issue 5, pages 568–577 [internet] available at:
This article is also available in Portfolio Articles
Answer the 8 questions about the Whyte et al. paper in 300 words and submit for your portfolio.
What is the study called?
Who conducted it?
When was it conducted / published?
What were the aims of the study?
What were the findings or results?
What conclusions were drawn?
What were the strengths / weaknesses / limitations in your opinion?
Also include 200 words of personal reflection on the following:
Your thoughts and feelings about the paper and the results, including what interested you or surprised you.
How this compares to your experience so far in assessment of or health education with patients who smoke.
How (or if) the recommendations could be applied to your own nursing practice.
TASK 6 – Health promoting health service (HPHS) self-assessment
Access the link below and complete the self-assessment survey on behalf of your current ward or hospital (or your previous placement if easier), answering to the best of your current knowledge. The purpose of this assessment tool is to help you assess where your ward/institution is in terms of the HPHS standards for health promotion see Learning Unit 4
Health Promotion Board (2010) Online self-assessment of HPHS Standards Available at http://surveys.hpb.gov.sg/s3/hphs
This tool no longer prints a report at the end so take notes of your answers on each page and submit these notes in your portfolio.
Also include around 200 words of reflection on your experience of undertaking this task, your observations about the document and its language, your feelings about the standards in your ward or hospital and anything which surprised you.
TASK 7 – Priorities in Workplace health and health promotion
Access the document at the link below and write a report of 300 -400 words using your own words which addresses the following:
Who are the key stakeholders in workplace health promotion?
Why is workplace health so topical and what is the effect of an ageing workforce?
What methods of health promotion and health education are recommended?
Ministry of Health Singapore (2010) Report by the National Tripartite Committee on Workplace health. Available in the Sources for Portfolio Tasks
This report is also available in Portfolio Articles
TASK 8 – Health promotion projects and strategies
Access the links to the four health promotion projects below and take personal notes to compile information about each of the projects, highlighting similarities and differences in approach, using the template overleaf.
Health promotion projects
1. Community Functional Screening Programmeavailable at:http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/programmes-article/9430
TOUCH project available at:http://www.touch.org.sg/about_us
3. Strategy to Stop Tuberculosis 2011-2015availableat:http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/tb/documents/policy/2010/regional_strategy/en/index.html
Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health available at: http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/en/
Community Functional Screening Programme
Strategy to stop TB
Strategy on Diet, PhysicalActivity and Health
The scope of this project
Is it local, regional, national, or international?
The target of this project
Is it for individuals, groups, communities or populations
The main focus of the project
Is it physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, social, or societal in focus?
The need for the project
Established by individuals, community, voluntary organisation, statutory organisation or government?
Method(s) used in the project to enable health improvement?
1:1 input, leaflet, advice or education, group work, community action, TV/radio messages or laws/policies?
Task 9 – Reflection on the module content
Write 200-300 words of personal reflection about your experience of undertaking the module. Consider your strengths and weaknesses in relation to:
Working online, as a distance learner
The nature of some of the reading materials
The way you approached the module and its assignments
What you learned and how this links with the rest of your degree studies.
One reference compulsory for each 100 words.
For reference, Books & Article should be within last 5 years.
Eg:- of ref model (Harvard referencing)
As a professional discipline, this knowledge is important for guiding practice. (Liehr & Smith, 2008).
Ref list eg:-
Royse, D.D. (2008) Research methods in social work(5th ed.), Stamford : Cengage Learning
Preference link for Research Assignment
Joanna Briggs InstituteURL
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)URL
Scottish Inter-collegiate Guideline Network (SIGN)URL
The Cochrane CollaborationURL
Evidence Based Practice, MOH, SingaporeURL
Singapore health promotion board
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