School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study
Nursing (RN) - Expected Qualities for Success
The following lists of abilities/qualities, with or without reasonable accommodation, are necessary for success in the Nursing Program. Reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment that enables an otherwise qualified individual with a disability to have the opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges that are available to a similarly situated individual without a disability. A reasonable accommodation is defined on a case-by-case basis and must take into consideration:
- specific abilities and functional limitations of the individual
- specific functional requirements of the nursing program
Reasonable accommodations are directed toward providing an equal educational and/or employment opportunity for the disabled individual while providing for the safety of the individual, patient, and agency staff.
- Tolerate sitting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, and walking for long periods of time
- Lift, carry, push, pull, or support objects, extremities or persons: i.e., during ambulation, transferring from bed to chair, turning, moving and lifting patients in bed, supporting arms or legs
- During treatments or procedures and lifting children onto chairs, beds, scales or examining tables. (50 – 100 lbs. occasionally, 25 – 50 lbs. frequently and 10 – 25 lbs. constantly).
- Moving efficiently enough to meet the needs of several patients in a timely fashion.
- Demonstrate motor coordination and manual dexterity required to handle and operate equipment (i.e., wheelchairs, beds, IV pumps, blood pressure cuffs, computer keyboard, syringes), open packages and perform procedures.
- Accurately hear physiological and environmental sounds, i.e., lung sounds, heart rate, blood pressure, bowel sounds, infusion pump alarms, etc.
- Accurately distinguish colors, odors, body language and body alignment, i.e., skin color, drainage, nonverbal communication, and position of a person.
- Maintain optimal physical well-being.
- Accurately calculate basic algebraic equations required to determine exact medication dosages, solutions, IV drop rates and IV flow rates.
- Collect and interpret data for purposes of planning and evaluation of patient care.
- Accurately and efficiently interpret and communicate information in English, both written and spoken. For example:
- responding to physician’s orders;
- reading and recording information;
- directing assistive staff.
- Organize, prioritize and plan work in a logical sequence.
- Cope effectively while working in a stressful environment using patience, tact and flexibility.
- Communicate therapeutically and effectively with others.
- Respect persons of diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
- Demonstrate caring, empathy, accountability, honesty, and a neat, clean professional appearance.
- Maintain an alert level of consciousness and orientation to time, place and person at all times.
- Maintain optimal mental well-being
Credits: 65 Hours
Time: 2 years
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Location: Fralin Center HP339
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
Director of Nursing
A.A.S. in Nursing - Northern Virginia Community College, 1999
B.S. in Nursing - George Mason University, 2010
M.S. in Adult Learning & Human Development - Virginia Tech, 2012
M.S. in Nursing - Western Governor's University, 2016
CNE, Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing, June 2017
School of Health Professions
Carole S. Graham, Dean
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