We often receive inquiries from our prospective students and program applicants about what to expect in the Nursing program, so we have prepared this information sheet. The first section presents the common Physical Requirements for entry and continuation in a Nursing program. The second section discusses sources of stress identified by Nursing Students.
The following physical requirements must be evaluated by a physician prior to entry into a Nursing program. Upon admission to the Nursing program, you will be required at that time to have a physical and have a doctor complete our required form, as to your abilities with regards to these physical requirements. The physical exam form will be provided to you at Orientation once admitted to the Nursing program.
|Strength:||Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a patient, and perform CPR.|
|Mobility:||Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.|
|Hearing:||Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.|
|Vision:||Sufficient to make physical assessments of patients and equipment.|
|Communication:||Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.|
**If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfill these requirements then please contact Disabled Student Services. You can reach them by phone at (760) 750-4905 or by email at: email@example.com. If you have any other questions or concerns that are not disability related, then please contact the Nursing Program, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While faculty will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are clinical practice conditions that occur in the hospital environment that are beyond faculty control. The physical requirements above are necessary to function in the hospital and community health settings. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Additional skills and abilities are needed to perform patient care in the clinical settings in order to pass nursing course objectives and requirements. These skills and abilities can be honed and developed while in the Nursing program, but we want to present a realistic picture of stressors for nursing students.