| Essential Function
||Some Examples of|
||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment
|| Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans; calculate medication dosage accurately; evaluate patient responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.|
||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
||Establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, teaching). Function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.|
||Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in verbal and written form.
||Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses. Listen attentively.|
||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range-of-motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination
||Move around in patient's rooms. Work spaces and treatment areas. Administer cardiopulmonary procedures. Stand/walk for extensive periods of time.|
| Motor Skills
||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
||Calibrate and use equipment; transfer and position patients; lift 50 pounds.|
| Hearing Ability
||Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
||Hear monitor alarms emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.|
| Visual Ability
||Visual ability (corrected to 20/40) sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing.
||Observe patient/responses, secretions, color. Read manometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.|
| Tactile Ability
||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.
||Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of an IV catheter.|
| Olfactory Ability
||Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety.
||Distinguish smells which are contributory to assessing and/or maintaining the patient's health status or environmental safety (fire).|
|Professional Attitude and Demeanor
||Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health and emotional stability.
||Work under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situation. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.|