A. Nurses must possess the knowledge, skills, and functional abilities to provide safe and effective client care. The functional abilities for safe nursing practice include: fine and gross motor coordination; physical endurance and strength; mobility; intact senses; reading and arithmetic competence; emotional stability; critical and analytical thinking; and interpersonal/communication skills.
B. Some limitations in ability can be accommodated with special devices or special circumstances; others cannot. The ultimate determination regarding the reasonableness of accommodations will be based upon the preservation of client safety and the resources of the college department. This policy covers pre-existing conditions as well as conditions that may arise subsequent to acceptance to the major. Temporary or newly diagnosed interruptions in abilities (e.g., casted arm) will require individual evaluation. Students will be informed of the Functional Abilities Policy during orientation to the Nursing Department: "Functional Ability Categories and Representative Activities/Attributes."
Approved by Faculty Organization, March 28, 2011.