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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

Acuity, Near and Far

Frequently

Depth Perception

Frequently

Color Vision

Frequently

Field of Vision

Frequently

SENSORY DEMANDS: 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

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)

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