Health Sciences Nursing Programs
TECHNICAL STANDARDS
 

The attendance requirements and stamina demands requires the nursing student to be in good physical and mental health

Minimum abilities expected include but are not limited to:
The following technical standards and essential functions outline reasonable expectations of a student in a nursing program for the performance of common nursing functions. 

The student must be able to meet the following requirements to apply for admission and continuation in the program

Applicants will be required to provide a self-assessment of their capability of meeting the program'sTechnical Standards (see below).  A physical examination by a healthcare provider is required as part of the clinical requirements. The healthcare provider must be able to document that no health conditions (including previous physical injuries) are present that will create any type of limitation in the ability to provide health care.  Applicants must present their copy of the Technical Standards to their healthcare provider for review at the time of the physical examination.

 

Issue

Description

Standard/Physical Requirement

Mobility

Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina

Standard work day requires various abilities including standing, walking, sitting, bending, flexing, lifting, twisting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, stretching, pushing and pulling to gather and stock supplies, operate equipment (computers, various types of medical devices, hospital beds, etc.), and perform required functions of patient care.  Often must lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Occasionally must assist patient position, transfer, or transport requiring lifting in excess of 40 pounds.

Motor Skills


Physical ability, coordination, dexterity

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to perform required functions of patient care; hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, and simple firm grasping required for fine motor-skills and manipulation; fine and gross finger dexterity required;

Comprehension

Comprehend and process information; perform algebraic and complex calculations

Engage in written and oral directives related to patient care, focusing and remembering information given by faculty/healthcare providers to assimilate and apply to patient care; comprehend and process instructions readily; perform mathematical functions regarding medication administration.

Tactile

Use of touch

Normal tactile feeling required.  Sensitivity to heat, cold, pain, pressure, etc.

Hearing

Use of auditory sense

Ability to hear and interpret many people and correctly interpret what is heard; i.e., physicians’ orders whether verbal or over telephone, patient complaints, physical assessment (especially heart and other body sounds), fire and equipment alarms, etc.

Visual

Use of sight

Acute visual skills necessary to detect signs and symptoms, body language of patients, color of wounds and drainage, and possible infections anywhere.  Interpret written word accurately, read characters and identify colors on the computer screen.

Critical Thinking

Ability to problem solve

Integrate information through critical thinking based on information gathered on patients during clinical sessions, and during class sessions that are applied to the clinical process.

Communication

Speak, read, write, & use English language effectively. Communicate effectively in interactions with others verbally, nonverbally & in written form

Effectively interacts with the environment and other persons. Fluent in English.  Absence of speech impediments, ability to communicate with wide variety of people and styles, ability to be easily understood.  Reading, writing, recording, and documenting critical patient information required.

Behavioral

Emotional & mental stability

Functions effectively under stress; demonstrates flexibility and concern for others; able to provide safe nursing care and work in environment with multiple interruptions and noises, distractions, and unexpected patient needs.

 

 

  Clinical Requirements 

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