Physical Requirements for Patient Care
Nursing students must be able to do total patient care in all nursing areas without physical, emotional or psychological limitations. Written documentation of complete recovery from any previous injury and/or illness must be provided. Following is a brief description of the type of activities that students will perform while working with patients in the hospital.
- Moderate to heavy lifting and carrying (20-40 pounds).
- Pushing, pulling, bending and kneeling around patients using various types of hospital equipment such as wheelchairs, gurneys, lifting devices and specialized beds.
- Fine motor dexterity using both hands while preparing medications and manipulating a variety of instruments and assessment devices.
- Rapid mental processing and simultaneous motor coordination.
- Extensive periods of walking and standing.
- Visual discrimination including depth perception and color vision.
- Ability to hear the spoken word in settings where other sounds are present.
- Working with hands in water (frequent hand washing is required).
- Working with various materials and substances to which some individuals may be allergic.
- Casts, splints, braces are not allowed in the clinical setting.