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RN Core Performance Standards

ISSUESTANDARDSome Examples of Necessary Activities (Not all Inclusive)
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgmentIdentify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing plans
InterpersonalInterpersonal abilities to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and Intellectual backgrounds
Must be able to work successfully in teams with fellow students and peers.
Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues
CommunicationCommunication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written formExplain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses
MobilityPhysical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small placesMoves around in patients rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas, administers cardiopulmonary procedures
Motor SkillsGross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing careCalibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients
HearingAuditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needsHears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help
VisualVisual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing careObserves patient/client responses
TactileTactile ability sufficient for physical assessmentPerform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertions of a catheter
Weight-Bearing SkillsAbility to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds sometimes weekly, sometimes dailyPositioning patients and moving equipment

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