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Essential Abilities
Students accepted into the IU Southeast School of Nursing program will need
the cognitive ability, emotional stability, and physical endurance to complete
the program and practice professional nursing.When determining professional
suitability for the practice of nursing, the student must be able to do the following:
exercise safe judgments based on assessment data, remain visibly calm in
emergency situations, interact in a caring manner with others, follow directions,
be flexible, and demonstrate honesty, integrity, commitment, cooperation, respect,
and accountability.The student must not pose a significant risk to the health and
safety of self or others. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission
criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria,
as well as the following essential abilities:
Essential judgment skills to include:
ability to identify, assess and comprehend
conditions surrounding patient situations for the purpose of problem-solving
around patient conditions and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or
courses of action.
Essential physical/neurological functions to include:
ability to use the senses
of seeing, hearing, touch, and smell to make correct judgments regarding
patient conditions and meet physical expectations to perform required
interventions for the purpose of demonstrating competence to safely engage
in the practice of nursing. Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological
and physical functions include, but are not limited to observation, listening,
understanding relationships, writing and psychomotor abilities consistent with
course and program expectations.
Essential communications skills to include:
ability to communicate effectively
with fellow students, faculty, patients and all members of the health care team.
Skills include verbal and written and nonverbal abilities as well as information
technology skills consistent with effective communication.
Essential emotional coping skills:
ability to demonstrate the mental health
necessary to safely engage in the practice of nursing as determined by
professional standards of practice.
Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include:
ability to measure,
calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in the safe
practice of nursing.