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College of Nursing Technical Standards

The College of Nursing’s curricula are designed to provide the general education necessary for the practice of nursing at all levels of preparation. Students build on the fundamental principles of nursing, acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience, and develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in decision making and problem solving pertaining to the delivery of high quality nursing services.

Technical Standards

  1. Apply information from demonstrations and experiences in the basic and applied sciences, including but not limited to information conveyed through lecture, group seminar, small group activities, and clinical instruction.
  2. Evaluate information from print and electronic media, including literature searches and data retrieval.
  3. Accurately elicit assessment information, including a health history and other information required to adequately and effectively evaluate a client’s condition, appropriate to the level of practice.
  4. Use information from diagnostic maneuvers (e.g., palpation, auscultation, percussion, etc.), diagnostic instruments (e.g., sphygmomanometer, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), and other diagnostic representation of physiological phenomena during the course of conducting a comprehensive physical assessment of a client, appropriate to the level of practice.
  5. Think critically to prioritize assessment information and implement appropriate interventions in a timely manner.
  6. Synthesize information to develop an appropriate plan of care.
  7. Develop effective and appropriate professional relationships with clients and all members of the health care team.
  8. Perform specific procedures and interventions (e.g., Basic Life Support) sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care in a variety of settings.
  9. Communicate effectively with faculty, clients, and all members of the health care team about a client’s condition as called for in the provision of client care.
  10. Practice safely by responding appropriately and adapting effectively under the various circumstances and rigors inherent in the clinical practice of nursing.
  11. Practice standard precautions in the provision of nursing care (e.g. wearing personal protective equipment, working with sharp objects and hazardous materials, treating clients with infectious diseases).
  12. Adhere to ethical and legal practice standards as defined by the university and the nursing profession.