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Technical Requirements for Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs

Students enrolled in all nursing programs at Roxbury Community college, are required to be in good physical and mental/emotional health.  Physical health is defined as being able to perform fine and gross motor skills, being able to perform normal weight bearing activities, and free of a communicable disease.  Emotional health is defined as reacting appropriately to stressful situations, understanding one’s own ability to cope with stressful situations, and behaving appropriately within the current environment. The nursing program has reasonable expectations of students to perform common nursing functions.

Student must be able to meet the requirements to apply for admission and for continuation in the nursing program.   A physical examination by a healthcare provider and requested immunizations are required for program participation. Applicants should present the program’s Technical Standards to their healthcare provider for review at the time of the physical examination.  The physician must sign certifying that the student meets the listed requirements.

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

The minimum abilities expected include but are not limited to the following technical standards and essential functions outlined below. 

TECHNICAL STANDARDS
Issue    Description    Standard/Physical Requirement
Behavioral    Emotional & Mental Stability    Nursing students must possess the ability to function effectively under stress; Demonstrate flexibility and concern for others; able to provide safe nursing care and work in environment with multiple interruptions and noises, distractions, and unexpected patient needs.
Cognitive Abilities     Mental capability    Nursing students shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person
Communication    Speak, read, write, & use English language effectively. Communicate effectively in interactions with others verbally, nonverbally & in written form    Nursing students must possess the ability to affectively interact with the environment and other persons. Able to communicate with wide variety of people and styles, ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting critical patient information required.
Comprehension
    Comprehend and process information; perform algebraic and complex calculations    Nursing students must possess the ability to engage in written and oral directives related to patient care, focusing and remembering information given by faculty/healthcare providers to assimilate and apply to patient care; comprehend and process instructions readily; Perform mathematical functions regarding medication administration.
Critical Thinking    Ability to problem solve    Nursing students must possess the ability to integrate information through critical thinking based on information gathered on patients during clinical sessions, and during class sessions that are applied to the clinical process.
Hearing    Use of auditory sense    Nursing students must possess the ability to hear and correctly interpret what is heard; which includes patient complaints, physical assessments (heart, bowel and other sound), physicians’ orders whether verbal or over telephone, fire and equipment alarms, etc.
Mobility
    Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina    Standard work day requires various abilities including standing, walking, sitting, bending, flexing, lifting, twisting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, stretching, pushing and pulling to gather and stock supplies, operate equipment (computers, various types of medical devices, hospital beds, etc.), and perform required functions of patient care. Often must lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Must be able to assist patient position, transfer, or transport requiring lifting in excess of 40 pounds.
Motor Skills
    Physical ability, coordination, dexterity    Nursing students shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to perform required functions of patient care; hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, and simple firm grasping required for fine motor skills and manipulation; fine and gross finger dexterity required;
Tactile    Use of touch    Nursing students shall possess the tactile feeling required to detect heat, cold, pain, pressure, etc.
Visual    Use of sight    Nursing students shall possess the visual skills necessary to detect signs and symptoms, body language of patients, color of wounds and drainage, and possible infections anywhere. Interpret written word accurately, read characters and identify colors on the computer screen.

Technical Standards

IssueDescriptionStandard/Physical Requirement
Behavioral Emotional & Mental Stability Nursing students must possess the ability to function effectively under stress; Demonstrate flexibility and concern for others; able to provide safe nursing care and work in environment with multiple interruptions and noises, distractions, and unexpected patient needs.
Cognitive Abilities Mental capability Nursing students shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person
Communication Speak, read, write, & use English language effectively. Communicate effectively in interactions with others verbally, nonverbally & in written form Nursing students must possess the ability to affectively interact with the environment and other persons. Able to communicate with wide variety of people and styles, ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting critical patient information required.
Comprehension Comprehend and process information; perform algebraic and complex calculations Nursing students must possess the ability to engage in written and oral directives related to patient care, focusing and remembering information given by faculty/healthcare providers to assimilate and apply to patient care; comprehend and process instructions readily; Perform mathematical functions regarding medication administration.
Critical Thinking Ability to problem solve Nursing students must possess the ability to integrate information through critical thinking based on information gathered on patients during clinical sessions, and during class sessions that are applied to the clinical process.
Hearing Use of auditory sense Nursing students must possess the ability to hear and correctly interpret what is heard; which includes patient complaints, physical assessments (heart, bowel and other sound), physicians' orders whether verbal or over telephone, fire and equipment alarms, etc.
Mobility Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina Standard work day requires various abilities including standing, walking, sitting, bending, flexing, lifting, twisting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, stretching, pushing and pulling to gather and stock supplies, operate equipment (computers, various types of medical devices, hospital beds, etc.), and perform required functions of patient care. Often must lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Must be able to assist patient position, transfer, or transport requiring lifting in excess of 40 pounds.
Motor Skills Physical ability, coordination, dexterity Nursing students shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to perform required functions of patient care; hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, and simple firm grasping required for fine motor skills and manipulation; fine and gross finger dexterity required;
Tactile Use of touch Nursing students shall possess the tactile feeling required to detect heat, cold, pain, pressure, etc.
Visual Use of sight Nursing students shall possess the visual skills necessary to detect signs and symptoms, body language of patients, color of wounds and drainage, and possible infections anywhere. Interpret written word accurately, read characters and identify colors on the computer screen.