All nursing students are expected to have the capability to complete the entire nursing curriculum. Using direction provided by the Southern Regional Education Board's Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the nursing curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency in a variety of skills. All students should be able to perform each of the activities with or without reasonable accommodations.
|Issue||Standard||Examples of necessary activities (not all inclusive)|
|Critical thinking||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment||
Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Identify cause-effect relationship in nursing clinical and classroom situations.
Predict outcomes based on plans of care for clients across life span.
Differentiate extraneous data from pertinent data.
Synthesize theory and apply to client care situations.
Analyze and synthesize information to support or defend a position.
Calculate prescribed drugs.Make safe judgments.
|Interpersonal abilities||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with peers and faculty.||
Function in groups.
Establish rapport and therapeutic relationships with clients.Maintain professional boundaries.
|Communication||Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Express ideas/thoughts and receive those of others in classroom and clinical setting.Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and client response.|
|Mobility||Gross motor abilities to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces.||
Move around in client's room, work spaces, and treatment areas, perform cardiopulmonary procedures, assist in ambulation, lift and transfer clients (suggested minimum of 50 lbs).
Possess sufficient mobility and stamina to function in a clinical setting for a given period of time.
|Fine motor skills||Manual dexterity sufficient to provide safe and effective care.||
Complete examinations/evaluations by writing, typing, or demonstration.
Calibrate and use equipment.
|Hearing||Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Hear basic conversation, monitor alarms, emergency signals, ausculatory sounds, and cries for help.|
|Visual||Visual ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Read documents (charts, lab reports).
Read calibrations of syringes, sphygmomanometer, thermometers, equipment output (waves, printouts, digital readings).Observe client behaviors (color changes, nonverbal communication).
|Tactile||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessmen.||Perform palpation, percussion, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, assess temperature changes.|
|Emotional stability||Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility /accountability for actions.||
Respond appropriately to suggestions for improvement.
|Health||Characteristics that would not compromise health and safety of clients.||Minimize exposure to and seek appropriate treatment for communicable diseases.|
Adapted from: REB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing. (March, 1993). The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for nursing education. [online]. Available at http://www.sreb.org/programs/nursing/publications/adareport.asp