SU [Nursing]
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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

Occasionally

      Kneeling

Occasionally

     

 

Sensory Demands

SIGHT REQUIREMENTS                         Approximate frequency

              Acuity, Near

Frequently

              Acuity, Far

Frequently

              Depth Perception

Frequently

              Color Vision

Frequently

              Field of Vision

Frequently

HEARING REQUIREMENTS

              Ordinary Conversation

Constantly

              Other Sounds

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)


MENTAL DEMANDS                       

Approximate frequency

             Reading

Frequently

             Reasoning

Constantly

             Organization

Constantly

             Math

Frequently

             Problem Solving

Constantly

             Language

Constantly

MENTAL DISCIPLINE

             Detailed Work

Constantly

            Multiple Concurrent Tasks

Constantly

             Interruptions

Constantly

             Stress

Constantly

             Confidentiality

Constantly

             Training classes

Frequently

 

Potential Environmental Exposures   -  Approximate frequency

   Exposure to radiation

Occasionally

   Exposure to chemicals

Occasionally

   Exposure to infectious agents

Frequently

   Exposure to blood/body fluid

Frequently

   Exposure to needle/syringes

Frequently

   Exposure to waste handling

Frequently

   Exposure to airborne pathogens

Frequently