Essential Functions: Nursing Assistant
All nursing assistants working in the field must have the ability to perform the functions listed below safely, reliably and efficiently within the scope of practice.
Disability Act Statement: Madison College complies with all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and makes reasonable accommodations upon request for qualified individuals. If you believe you may need accommodations to assist you in performing the functions listed below, please contact the Disability Resource Services (DRS) office at (608) 246-6716 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6716 (deaf students via Relay 711) or via email. Gross Motor Skills: move within confined spaces maintain balance in multiple positions reach below waist (e.g., plug electrical appliance into wall outlet) reach above shoulders (e.g., IV poles) reach out front Fine Motor Skills: grasp, pinch, twist, squeeze (e.g., record/chart, eye dropper, turn objects) pick up small objects write with pen or pencil, type hand coordination (e.g., manipulate equipment) Smell: detect body and environmental odors (foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath, smoke, gasses or noxious smells) Environment: tolerate exposure to allergens (e.g., latex products, chemical substances) tolerate heat and humidity (e.g., giving showers) tolerate strong odors Physical Endurance: maintain physical activity for length of clinical shift (e.g., working on feet for minimum of eight hours) sustain repetitive movements (e.g., CPR) Reading: read and understand written documents ( e.g., flow sheets, charts, graphs) read digital displays Communication: interact with others speak and write in English listen and understand spoken and written word collaborate with others manage information Physical Strength: push, pull and lift 50 lbs. support 50 lbs. of weight use upper/lower body strength Tactile: feel vibrations (e.g., pulse) detect temperature (e.g., skin, liquid, environment, equipment) differentiate surface characteristics (e.g., rashes, swelling) Hearing: hear normal level speaking sounds hear faint voices/whispers Emotional Stability: ability to provide client with emotional support adapt to changing environment/stress focus attention on task cope with strong emotions in others (e.g., anger, grief) Mobility: twist/bend/stoop/squat move quickly (e.g., response to an emergency) climb stairs walk (e.g., walk with client) Math: add, subtract, multiply, divide, measure, tell time and count document numbers in records comprehend graphic trends calibrate equipment convert numbers to and from metric system (e.g., dosages) Visual: see objects up to 20 feet away (e.g., information on computer screen, skin) see objects up to 30 feet away (e.g., patient in room) use depth perception use peripheral vision distinguish color and color intensity (e.g., color codes on supplies, flushed skin/paleness) Critical Thinking: identify cause-effect relationships synthesize knowledge and skills sequence information make decisions adapt decision based on new information Interpersonal Skills: establish appropriate relationships with clients, families and coworkers respect/value cultural differences handle interpersonal conflict
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