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ADN Essential Program Requirements 

Words that describe nursesThe following activities are examples of the kind of activities which a student in the Nursing program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.

1. Critical Thinking: The nursing student should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. For example: student must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop or participate in the development of care plans.

2. Interpersonal Skills: The nursing student shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. For example: student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.

3. Communication Skills: The nursing student shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. For example: explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing/technical actions and patient/client responses.

4. Mobility: The nursing student shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand and walk for extensive periods of time. For example: moves around in patient’s rooms, work spaces and treatment areas, administer cardiopulmonary procedures.

5. Motor Skills: The nursing student shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care. For example: calibrate and use equipment, position patients/clients.
6. Hearing: The nursing student shall possess auditory ability, sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. For example: hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.

7. Visual: The nursing student shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. For example: observe patient/client responses, see calibration of BP equipment, assess patient.

8. Tactile: The nursing student shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. For example: perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, insertions of catheters, etc.

9. Weight-Bearing: The nursing student shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily. For example: position patients/clients, move equipment.

10. Cognitive Abilities: The nursing student shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions. For example: student shall assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate plans.

11. Occupational Exposures: The allied health/nursing student may be exposed to communicable diseases and/or body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and latex. Students shall use appropriate precautions at all times. For example: student may be assigned a client/patient with a communicable disease and shall provide total care using universal precautions.

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Updated 06.17.2014: Content Editor