Abstract: Capstone experiences facilitate consolidation and application of previous learning, strengthening professional identity and competency. This study evaluates the effectiveness and acceptability of a capstone assessment item, in the form of an e-portfolio, designed to identify and demonstrate preparedness for professional midwifery practice. A sequential explanatory strategy occurred within a mixed method research design. Final year Bachelor of Midwifery students at an Australian university, having completed the e-portfolio assessment, participated in two phases of data collection; an initial online-survey, followed by in-depth exploration of emergent concepts within a focus group. Analysis of the quantitative data identified completing the e-portfolio assessment increased students' skills, knowledge and confidence and promoted reflection and critical thinking. Three themes emerged from the qualitative data; acknowledging growth and development; transitioning to practice, and knowing ‘who I am and where I am going’. The e-portfolio assessment meets the aims of a capstone assessment and provides an appropriate framework and authentic opportunity for students to identify and demonstrate their level of preparedness for professional practice, determine their ongoing learning needs and develop strategies for achieving them. The assessment item provides an opportunity to develop and articulate a personal practice philosophy and embeds the principles of lifelong learning.
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