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Technical Standards for Nursing

The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student in a nursing program for the performance of common nursing functions. Students enrolled in the baccalaureate program at BCHS must exhibit and acknowledge having the abilities and skills according to the standards below.

Communication  
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of  people and the ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording, and documenting patient information required.

Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking 
Analytical skills sufficient to process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe, clinical judgment.

Hearing 
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs; to detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.

Vision  
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for the care of patients and operation of equipment.

Tactile 
Tactile ability sufficient for patient assessment and operation of equipment.

Mobility 
Physical ability, flexibility, strength, and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Fine Motor Skills  
Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.

Behavioral  
Emotional and mental health sufficient to establish therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently, and to handle strong emotions.