MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES STATEMENT
You should be aware of the mental and physical abilities required in nursing education. These same abilities will likely be needed for a successful professional career.
- Working in a standing position and walking for extended periods of time.
- Lifting and transferring patients up to 6 inches from a bending position, then pushing/ pulling/pivoting weight up to 3 feet.
- Lifting and transferring patients to accomplish bed-to-chair and chair-to-bed transfers.
- Applying up to 10 pounds of pressure to bleeding sites and in performing CPR.
- Responding and reacting immediately to auditory instruction, requesting, and/or monitoring equipment, performing auscultation without auditory impairment.
- Performing up to twelve hours in a clinical laboratory setting.
- Observe patient response/condition: distinguish color and color intensity; prepare medication; see graphs, computer screens, read written documents, policies and protocols.
- Discriminating between sharp/dull and hot/cold when using hands.
- Performing mathematical calculations for medication preparation/administration.
- Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
- Reacting appropriately and professionally under stressful situations.
- Be able to critically think and use therapeutic nursing judgment; be able to recall nursing theory (i.e., safety, disease processes, medication administration, and client management).
I have read the mental and physical abilities statement and believe that I can successfully complete the tasks listed above. It is my responsibility to inform SouthArk’s Nursing Program Director and Clinical Instructor if any of the above changes during my enrollment in the Betty Owen School of Practical Nursing Program.