Technical Standards

Nursing Technical Standards for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

The following technical standards outline reasonable expectations of a student enrolled in an Advanced Practice Doctor of Nursing Practice program for the performance of common advanced nursing functions:

Communication
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, and the ability to be easily understood. Reading, writing, recording and documenting patient information required. Ability to effectively maintain relationships, appropriate interactions and communicate of significant examination findings to other healthcare professionals, patients, and families are expected.
 
Analytical Skills/Critical Thinking
Analytical skills sufficient to appropriately assess and record subjective and objective findings, process information, to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, and to prioritize tasks. Critical thinking ability sufficient to accurately analyze alterations in functional patterns. Analytical skill sufficient for advanced use of the nursing process that includes: advanced level assessments, client counseling and education, appropriate prescriptive therapy, demonstration of self-care skills and evaluation of appropriate plans of action for diagnosed problems.   
 
Hearing
Auditory ability sufficient to appropriately assess and record a systematic, complete health history and physical examination on clients; monitor and assess patient needs; and detect and respond to alarms, emergency signals, and cries for help.
 
Vision
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary to appropriately assess and record a systematic, complete health history and physical examination on clients, and in the care of patients and operation of equipment.
 
Tactile
Tactile ability sufficient to conduct appropriate systematic and complete patient assessments and operation of equipment.
 
Mobility
Physical ability, flexibility, strength and stamina sufficient to provide safe and effective care.
 
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.
 
Behavioral
Emotional and mental health stability and flexibility that allow for the establishment of therapeutic boundaries, to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to handle unique situations, stress, and strong emotions.