The College will consider appropriate accommodation for the student to participate fully in the educational program. The following standards and functional abilities are necessary for participation in the nursing program.
- Critical Thinking: ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
- Reading: ability sufficient to comprehend the written word.
- Arithmetic: ability sufficient to perform computations at least at the tenth grade level.
- Hearing: ability sufficient for physical and environmental monitoring.
- Visual: ability sufficient for accurate observation and assessment.
- Smell: ability sufficient to detect environmental and client odors.
- Physical strength/endurance: ability sufficient to perform full range of patient care activities.
- Motor Skills: ability sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
- Mobility: ability sufficient to move from room to room and within confined space.
- Tactile: ability sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment.
- Communication: ability sufficient for interaction with others, in both the verbal and written English language.
- Interpersonal skills: ability sufficient to interact with others.
- Identify cause-effect relationship; problem-solve; predict/evaluate outcomes; sequence information.
- Read written documents, graphs, policies, protocols, etc.
- Measure time; compute medication dosage; count rates; use measuring tools; add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers; compute fractions.
- Auscultate faint body sounds, voices; hear monitor alarms, emergency signals.
- Observe patient response/condition: distinguish color and color intensity; prepare medication; see graphs, and computer screens.
- Detect foul-smelling odors; detect smoke/gases.
- Stand for long periods of time at bedside; perform nursing care duties for entire shift; push/pull/support light and heavy objects; carry equipment; support patients in ambulation, turning, standing.
- Position patients; obtain specimens; calibrate instruments/ equipment; prepare and administer medication; reach and bend with ease; grasp small objects, write, fine motor skills.
- Move about in populated areas; twist, stoop, squat; move quickly, administer repetitive movements (CPR).
- Perform palpation; detect hot/cold; detect differences in skin surface; shapes and sizes.
- Teach; explain procedures; give oral report; speak on the telephone; document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses, and convey information through writing.
- Establish rapport with patient, family and coworkers; respect differences, negotiate interpersonal conflict, remain calm in crisis situations.
Adapted from “A Validation Study: Functional Abilities Essential for Nursing Practices” by Carolyn J. Yocum, National Council of State Boards of Nursing. 1996.
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