Essential Functions

The faculty identify these Essential Functions as necessary for both student and faculty participation in the nursing program.  The ability to:

stand

sit

walk

bend

reach

lift ≥ 35 lbs.

climb

carry

hold/support

push

pull

grasp

twist

feel

see

hear

speak

detect odors

Each participant in the nursing program must have the ability, unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation, to perform these Essential Functions.  Reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment that enables an otherwise qualified individual with a disability to have an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges that are available to a similarly situated individual without a disability.  A reasonable accommodation is defined on a case-by-case basis and must take into consideration:

  1. the specific abilities and functional limitations of the individual
  2. the specific functional requirements of the nursing program.

Reasonable accommodations are directed toward providing an equal educational and/or employment opportunity for the disabled individual while providing for the safety of the individual, client, and agency staff.

Each participant in the nursing program, either unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation, must be able to:

  1. carry out standard nursing skills required by a Registered Nurse such as, but not limited to, performing physical assessment, maintaining sterile technique, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  2. manipulate equipment that requires both fine and gross motor skills such as, but not limited to sphygmomanometer, infusion controller/pump, syringe, weight scale
  3. communicate in an understandable manner
    1. verbally: person-to-person, over telecommunications devices
    2. in writing: longhand, by electronic/computer devices
  4. interpret written, verbal and electronic communication accurately
  5. maintain an alert level of consciousness and orientation to time, place and person at all times.
  6. maintain a level of functioning unimpaired by substances such as alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs
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