Essential Functions Statement

Students who are applying to or who are enrolled in the nursing program must be aware that they are required to possess the following skills and abilities in order to provide safe patient care in the clinical setting.

The nursing department and/or its affiliated clinical/practicum agencies may identify additional essential functions or skills and reserve(s) the right to amend the essential functions as deemed necessary.

Visual ability
-Read for prolonged periods of time either hardcopy or on computer screen
-Visualize small font (6 font) written words and information on paper, computer screen and medication labels
-Distinguish and appropriately respond to multiple visual inputs
-Prepare and administer medications including correct use of small calibrated syringes (1/2 cc), ampules, etc.
-Monitor and assess subtle changes in patient status (ex:signs/symptoms, drainage, wound color/appearance, wound depth, cyanosis, etc.)

Auditory ability
-Hear monitor alarm(s), emergency signals, ringing telephones, telephone interactions, calls for assistance
-Respond and react immediately to spoken instruction and/or monitor equipment
-Tolerate occasional exposure to loud and unpleasant noises
-Distinguish changes in tone and pitch in heart, lung, and bowel sounds using a stethoscope or modified stethoscope
-Distinguish sounds and understand verbal communication in environments with multiple auditory inputs

Olfactory ability
-Ability to detect smoke and odors
-Ability to tolerate occasional unpleasant odors

Tactile ability
-Palpate for pulses, temperature, texture hardness or softness, physical landmarks etc
-Discriminate subtle differences between sharp/dull and hot/cold

Motor function ability
-Handle small delicate equipment/objects or hand-held devices without extraneous movement, contamination or destruction
-Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift and carry adult patients without injury to patient, self, or others
-Lift, push, pull or transfer (bed-to-chair, bed-to-bed) an adult or pediatric patient
-Use hands, wrists, and arms to apply up to 10 pounds of pressure to bleeding sites or when performing CPR
-Coordinate eye/hand, fine and gross motor movements
-Perform electronic keyboarding/documentation and/or extensive writing with a pen and/or pencil
-Stand, bend, walk, stoop, squat while providing patient care

Communication abilities
-Effectively read, write, comprehend, and speak the English language
-Communicate relevant, accurate, and complete information in a concise and clear manner both verbally and in writing to patients and health care members
-Communicate and function effectively in environments with multiple auditory and visual inputs

Cognitive abilities
-Perform mathematical calculations accurately for medication preparation and administration
-Make appropriate rapid decisions in stressful or emergency situations
-Manage multiple priorities and function effectively in stressful situations
-Remember multiple messages and information
-Adapt rapidly to environmental changes and multiple task demands
-Maintain concentration and focus in professional care settings