SU [Nursing]
Henson Science Hall

Physical and Mental Demands

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Nursing involves both theory and clinical classes. The reading and online assignments are extensive and probably similar to assignments in some of your previous courses. Quiz and test items require students to apply previously learned information and select the best course of action. The requirements for clinical experiences are unlikely to be similar to any course you have taken. For example, current immunizations and current CPR at the Health Care Provider level are not commonly required for non-nursing clinical courses but they are required for participation in clinical courses.

Clinical nursing requires direct nursing care in area agency settings. Generally students will be in a clinical setting between two and four times a week and in the classroom three days a week.

The following are examples of the everyday demands clinical nursing courses can put on students and faculty. Any prospective or current student who has a concern about their ability to meet any of the course work requirements or clinical nursing functional abilities mentioned herein should contact the chair of the nursing department to discuss their concern and any relationship their concern may have to the completion of nursing course work, clinical requirements, and/or licensure.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Strength Requirements                                 Approximate frequency

      Standing                                                                                                        45% of time          

      Walking                                                                                                         45% of time          

      Sitting                                                                                                            10% of time

       Lifting

40-50 lbs

 Frequently  

       Carrying

20 lbs

Occasionally

       Pushing

< 200 lbs

Frequently

       Pulling

45-50 lbs

Frequently

       Pushing with Assist

> 200 lbs

Frequently

      Climbing                                                       

Occasionally

      Stooping

Frequently

      Balancing and Kneeling

Occasionally

Sensory Demands

SIGHT REQUIREMENTS                                                                                          Approximate frequency

              Acuity, Near and Far

Frequently

              Depth Perception

Frequently

              Color Vision

Frequently

              Field of Vision

Frequently

HEARING REQUIREMENTS

              Ordinary Conversation

Constantly

              Other Sounds

Frequently

MENTAL DEMANDS and DISCIPLINE    

             Reading

Frequently

             Reasoning and Problem Solving

Constantly

             Organization

Constantly

             Math

Frequently

             Language

Constantly

             Detailed Work

Constantly

            Multiple Concurrent Tasks and Interruptions

Constantly

             Stress

Constantly

             Confidentiality

Constantly

             Training classes

Frequently

Potential Environmental Exposures   -  Approximate frequency

   Exposure to radiation and chemicals

Occasionally

   Exposure to blood/body fluids, infectious agents, and airborne pathogens

Frequently

   Exposure to needle/syringes and waste handling

Frequently

Description of Terms:
Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time)
Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time)
Constantly (activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time)