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Technical Standards

The goal of the School of Nursing and Health Professions is to prepare students to become health care leaders who make a difference in their patients’ lives and in the community. They care for others by integrating the person’s injury or illness within the context of their life situation. The faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Professions has a responsibility to graduate ethical, competent, committed and evidenced-based professionals within their chosen health professions.

The nurse confronts critical life and death issues every day, in activities where she/he coordinates care, educates clients, and provides emotional support to clients and loved ones.  Nurses must demonstrate consistent commitment to excellence in all dimensions of healthcare practice.

The School of Nursing and Health Professions will consider applicants to the Nursing Program who possess essential technical physical skills, sensory/ perceptual skills, emotional regulation skills, cognitive skills, communication and social skills. These skills are necessary to ensure patient safety in all aspects of nursing care.

Standard I /Motor & Praxis:

The ability to move and physically and skillfully interact with tasks, objects, contexts and environments.  Skill requirements include:

  • Moving to and from various environments and surfaces
  • Sit or Stand for a long period of time
  • Physically interacting with tasks, objects, contexts & environments
  • Coordinate body movements to complete a task
  • Bend
  • Kneel
  • Stoop
  • Reach
  • Balance
  • Rotate body
  • Extend body or extremities
  • Lifting and transferring clients or equipment
  • Manipulating common nursing tools for assessment, education and intervention
  • Holding, grasping and manipulating objects, equipment or a clients body or body parts
  • Adjusting self to space, person, object
  • Using personal strength to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Push, pull, lift at least 50 pounds
  • Adjust equipment during intervention

Standard II /Sensory-Perceptual:

Actions or behaviors used to locate, identify, and respond to sensations experienced through all of the sensory systems.  Skill requirements include:

  • Locate, identify and respond to sensations
  • Select, associate, organize, remember sensory events
  • Position the body during intervention
  • Visual discrimination of objects in relationship to the task and person
  • Tolerate unusual smells, sounds or temperatures in clinic, home or community settings

Standard III /Emotional regulation:

Actions or behaviors used during interactions in everyday activities and interacting with others.  Skill requirements include:

  • Manage frustration involving clients or tasks
  • Display appropriate emotions and actions with clients, organizations and populations

Standard IV/ Cognitive:

Actions or behaviors used to plan and manage performance during nursing intervention and professional interactions.  Skill requirements include:

  • Critical thinking to rationalize, reason and behave empathically
  • Analyzing
  • Synthesizing
  • Apply ethics
  • Multi-task
  • Calculate
  • Retain facts from past and present
  • Use imagination and ingenuity to solve problems
  • Master abstract ideas
  • Select necessary supplies or equipment for assessment, education, and intervention

Standard V/ Communication and Social Skills:

Actions or behaviors used to communicate or interact with others in an interactive environment.  Skill requirements include:

  • Exchange ideas and perspectives with or from another
  • Acknowledge another’s perspective during an interchange
  • Build interprofessional partnerships for collaboration
  • Understand and communicate effectively with persons from different cultural and social backgrounds
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Communicate intelligibly, effectively and timely with clients, caregivers, families and organizations
  • Observe and understand non-verbal behavior
  • Demonstrate stable emotions
  • Work effectively under stressful situations
  • Tolerate close proximity with clients and co-workers
  • Demonstrate flexibility
  • Complete reading and writing assignments
  • Search virtual and library resources
  • Willingness to grow as a person and health care provider

As a matter of policy and practice, Trinity’s Disability Student Services (DSS) complies with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990 and 2008 Amendments). If a student requires accommodations to meet the technical skill standards within the Nursing Program, it is the student’s responsibility to seek reasonable accommodations through Trinity’s DSS.


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