In order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the Nursing Program, all applicants must have the following abilities and skills:
- A visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify: cyanosis, absence of respiratory movement in patients; read small print on medication containers, physicians’ orders, monitors, and equipment calibrations.
- A hearing ability with auditory aids to: understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face; hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients and telephone orders; take/hear blood pressure, heart, lung, vascular, and abdominal sounds with stethoscope.
- The physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, transfer, move, and reposition patients, and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces.
- Effective communication in verbal and written form by speaking clearly and succinctly when explaining treatment procedures, describing patient’s conditions, and implementing health teaching. Write legibly and correctly in patient’s chart for local documentation.
- The manual dexterity to use sterile techniques to insert catheter, withdraw blood, and prepare medications / administer medications (oral and parenteral routes).
- The tactile ability to palpate pulses, determine warmth and coolness, detect enlarged nodes and lumps.
- The ability to function safely under stressful conditions and the ability to adapt to an ever changing environment inherent in clinical situations involving patient care.