Registered Nursing Technical Standards

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Essential eligibility requirements for participation in the nursing program

Nursing is a practice discipline, with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. The following technical standards identify essential eligibility requirements for participation in the nursing program.

Issue Standard Examples of necessary activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues
Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces Move around in patient’s rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas; administer cardio-pulmonary procedures
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care Calibrate and use equipment, lift and position patients/clients
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care Observes patient/client responses
Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., insertion of a catheter

If you believe that you cannot meet one or more of these standards without accommodations or modifications, you may request appropriate assistance and guidance. The nursing program will determine, on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can reasonably be made.

* Adopted from the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN), 1993