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Core Performance Standards

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.

IssueStandardExamples of Necessary Activities (Not All Inclusive)
Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with level of educational preparation

Identify cause-effect relationship in clinical situations.

Use of the scientific method in the development of patient care plans.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions.

Professional Relationships

Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups.

Establishment of rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.

Capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution.

Peer accountability.


Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions.

Explanation of treatment procedures, initiation of health teaching.

Documentation and interpretation of nursing actions and patient/client responses.


Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces.

Movement about patient's room, work spaces and treatment areas.

Administration of rescue procedures - cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care.

Calibration and use of equipment.

Therapeutic positioning of patients.


Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs.

Ability to hear monitoring device alarm and other emergency signals.

Ability to discern auscultatory sounds and cries for help.


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care.

Ability to observe patient's condition and responses to treatments.


Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Ability to palpitate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions.

Adapted from: SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing. (March, 1993). The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for nursing education. Retrieved from