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An individual must be able to independently, with or
without reasonable accommodation, meet the following safety and technical
To provide quality nursing care, the student is expected to possess functional
use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received
by the senses may be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent
and accurate manner. The student must possess the ability to perceive
pain, pressure, temperature, position, vibration, and movement. The student
must be able to respond immediately to urgent situations that may occur
during clinical training and must not hinder the ability of other members
of the health care team to provide prompt treatment and care.
The student must be able to make accurate visual observations and interpret
them in the context of nursing care. Inherent in this process is the functional
use of the senses and sufficient motor capability to perform assessment
The student must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and
non-verbally, and receive communication effectively. Students must be
able to read, write, comprehend, and speak the English language to facilitate
communication in the health care setting. This requires the student to
be able to speak, hear, read, and write effectively, maintain health care
documentation, including computer literacy skills.
The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements to
provide safe nursing care. The student must have the ability to perform
or assist with procedures, treatments, administration of medications,
and emergency interventions. Such actions require coordination of both
gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of
the senses of touch, hearing, smell, and vision. Nursing students are
required to elicit independently information by palpation, auscultation,
percussion, and manually-based diagnostic procedures. The student must
also have physical strength and stamina to perform nursing care satisfactorily.
The student must be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills to provide
safe nursing care. The student is expected to speak, listen, read, write,
reason, and perform mathematical functions for safe nursing care, and
demonstrate sound judgment in the health care setting.
The student must be able to demonstrate professional behavior and conduct
consistent with the American Nurses' Association Scope and Standards of
Practice and the Code of Ethics for Nurses.
for a copy of the essential functions form.