Criteria for Admission/Retention in the LPN Program

FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES ESSENTIAL FOR NURSING PRACTICE

A candidate for a nursing degree must possess functional abilities essential for nursing practice. Reasonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities. However, a candidate is expected to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

FIFTEEN CATEGORIES OF FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES

Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills sufficient to provide a full range of safe and efffective nursing care activities.
 
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills sufficient to perform manual psychomotor skills.
 
Physical Endurance
Physical stamina sufficent to perform full range of required client care activities.
 
Mobility
Physical ability sufficient to move from place to place and to maneuver to perform nursing activities.
 
Hearing
Auditory ability sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment of client health care needs.
 
Visual
Visual ability sufficient for accurate observation and performance of nursing care.
 
Tactile
Tactile ability sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment of health care needs.
 
Smell
Olfactory ability sufficient to detect environment and client odors.
 
Reading
Reading ability sufficient to comprehend the written word at a minimum of tenth grade level.
 
Arithmetic
Arithmetic ability sufficient to do computation as a minimum of and eight grade level. It includes the following three concepts: Counting: The actof enumerating or determining the number of items in a group.