PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION AND PROGRESSION*
Nursing involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or be retained in the program after admission, all students must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
Issue Critical Thinking
Standard Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
Examples of Necessary Activities (not all-inclusive) Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans.
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Ability to cope with stress. High degree of flexibility.
Establish rapport with patients/ clients and colleagues.
Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Ability to cope with anger/ fear/hostility of others in a calm manner. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and to maneuver in small spaces. High degree of flexibility.
Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.
Move around in patient rooms, work spaces and treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary procedures.
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
Observe patient/client responses. Accurately prepare and administer medication.
Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.
Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. sense temperature change, assess peripheral pulses, insert a catheter.
Sufficient stamina to provide patient care and related responsibilities for extended periods of time (8-12 hrs).
Adapt to shift work. Lift without restrictions, from standing position. Students with weight restrictions cannot be accepted into clinical courses.
Adapted from the Board of Directors of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN) guidelines for
Nursing Education Programs.
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