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By law, a prospective nursing candidate must demonstrate the physical and psychological ability to provide safe nursing care. With this legal requirement as a guide, every prospective student must assess his or her ability to provide safe and competent nursing care prior to choosing nursing as a career. To understand the physical and psychological qualifications needed for successful nursing, the essential abilities have been listed below.
|Qualifications||Standard||Examples of Necessary Activities|
|Critical Thinking||The nursing student must possess critical thinking ability sufficient for problem solving and clinical judgment.||
|Interpersonal Skills||The nursing student must possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.||
|Communication||The nursing student must possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||
|Mobility||The nursing student must possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.||
|Motor Skills||The nursing students must possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.||
|Hearing||The nursing student must possess auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||
|Visual||The nursing student must possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.||
|Tactile||The nursing student must possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.||
|Weight Bearing||The nursing student must possess the ability to maneuver/move 40-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily.||
|Emotional||The nursing student must possess the ability to maneuver/move 40-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily.||
|Environmental||The nursing student must possess the ability to tolerate environmental stressors.||
These are the essential skills that a student must possess in order to progress satisfactorily through the nursing curriculum. perform one or more of these skills, provide patient care, or participate in other job activities, is encouraged to contact a disabilities services counselor for assistance by calling 919-536-7207.
Occasionally, a student may experience a change in the status of these requirements while progressing through the curriculum. Should this occur, the student is required to notify the clinical faculty. The student will be provided with referrals for professional assistance. Each student will be given the opportunity to meet clinical objectives within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the program director in consultation with the helping professional. However, a student may be denied continued enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing program until any identified issue is resolved. Should the issue remain unresolved after a reasonable period of time, the student may be dropped from the course.
To verify a student's ability to provide essential nursing care during clinical training, a physical examination is required of all students. This examination will be documented by a licensed physician/nurse practitioner on the form provided by the Admissions office.
All prospective students must be in stable emotional or mental health. This must be documented on the student's physical examination form and signed by a licensed physician/nurse practitioner.
Likewise, all students completing the Practical Nursing Program and applying to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) must sign an affidavit of physical and mental competency to safely practice in North Carolina. The North Carolina Board of Nursing provides forms.