Technical and Functional Requirements for Nursing
Students accepted in and progressing through the nursing program must be able to meet and maintain the technical and functional requirements of the academic program. The student must not pose a threat to the well-being of clients, other students, staff, or themselves. The nursing student must be able to carry out the nursing process, which requires the following skills and abilities:
- Sufficient motor function to elicit information from clients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other assessment maneuvers.
- The ability to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide direct nursing care and emergency treatment to clients, e.g., transferring, lifting, and turning clients; providing hygienic care; assisting clients in activities in daily living; and providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- The ability to observe a client accurately at a distance and close at hand. This requires functional use of the senses of vision and hearing.
- The ability to closely examine images or other forms of output created by diagnostic equipment.
- Adequate skin integrity, without the presence of open, weeping lesions of the skin.
- Full range of motion of body joints, fine motor movements of the hands, and the ability to stoop and bend.
- The ability to lift up to 50 pounds of weight on a daily basis.
- The ability to carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds on a daily basis.
- The ability to push or pull an occupied wheelchair, cart, or gurney on a daily basis.
- The ability to use the English language to communicate effectively in a rational, coherent manner, both orally and in writing, with individuals of all professions and social levels.
- The ability to use personal computer (PC) equipment (keyboard, screen, mouse, printer, etc.) in order to receive and examine information and to communicate information as required in classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical settings.
- The ability to maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels and to adapt effectively to changing environments
- The ability to respond in an emotionally controlled manner in learning situations and emergencies.
- The ability to adapt effectively to changing environments, especially those with high tension levels.
- The ability to access transportation in order to get to clinical assignments in a timely manner.
Concerns with meeting or maintaining any of these standards may be discussed with the Wellness Coordinator at 217/373-3879, Room L234. Students who would like to apply for reasonable accommodation may contact Disability Services