Functional Ability

Professional Practice Standard

Examples Of Required Activities

Cognitive and Judgment Skills

Critical thinking abilities sufficient to understand and act appropriately and safely in clinical situations

  • Identifying cause-effect relationships in clinical situations
  • Assessing, diagnosing, intervening, and evaluating effectively in the care of patients
  • Analyzing, reasoning, and critically thinking in the provision of patient care
  • Prioritizing patient care
  • Maintaining concentration and attention to all aspects of complex patient care
  • Realizing and seeking assistance when clinical situations are beyond one’s capabilities
  • Communicating with others verbally and in writing to explain treatments, teach, and document client care accurately and effectively

Gross Motor Abilities and Endurance

Physical abilities and mobility sufficient to possess physical endurance, strength to provide patient care, and execute gross motor movements,

  • Turning, lifting, and positioning patients properly
  • Assisting patients to ambulate safely
  • Working in confined spaces such as small bathrooms or procedure rooms
  • Delivering direct patient care for a 12-hour shift
  • Initiating/participating in CPR and other treatments
  • Lifting, carrying, and/or moving a minimum of 25 pounds

Manual Dexterity

Fine motor skills sufficient to provide accurate and safe nursing care.

  • Filling syringes for injections
  • Suctioning patients
  • Catheterizing patients
  • Removing sutures/staples
  • Maintaining aseptic conditions while performing fine motor skills
  • Utilizing a keyboard and mouse on a computer

Sensory and Perceptual Abilities

Sensory/perceptual abilities sufficient to monitor, assess, and react to clients safely

  • Hearing equipment alarms
  • Hearing heart, lung, abdominal assessment sounds, calls for help
  • Seeing calibrations on small syringes
  • Detecting patients’ color variations: cyanosis, pallor, flushing, etc.
  • Feeling pulses, temperature variations
  • Palpating veins
  • Smelling smoke, noxious odors, infected wounds, etc.

Behavioral/ Interpersonal/ Emotional Abilities

Interpersonal skills sufficient to interact therapeutically with people from various social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, and intellectual backgrounds

Team work skills sufficient to work constructively with others in stressful and changing environments

Self awareness skills sufficient to interact with others well and develop as a person and a professional

  • Establishing and maintaining rapport with patients/clients and colleagues
  • Maintaining personal integrity in all academic and professional pursuits
  • Demonstrating good judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities related to the care of clients
  • Sensing others’ emotional states and needs and responding effectively
  • Working within teams and workgroups
  • Multitasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Maintaining personal and professional decorum and remaining emotionally capable in stressful situations
  • Accepting and utilizing constructive criticism
  • Demonstrating ethical integrity in all aspects of one’s academic and professional life
  • Demonstrating emotional intelligence: self regulation, self awareness, motivation, empathy, and social skill
  • Demonstrating clear thinking unencumbered by use of, abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or medications that may impair judgment or alter behavior

Creation and Maintenance of Safe Working Environment

Self awareness and technical skills sufficient to provide a safe environment for patients, families, and colleagues

  • Responding to monitor alarms, emergency signals, call lights, and treatment plans in an effective and efficient manner
  • Administering medications safely/accurately
  • Operating equipment safely
  • Recognizing and eliminating hazards in the clinical environment