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 (i.e., plug electrical appliance into wall outlet); reach out front
  • Smell: detect body and environmental odors
  • Fine Motor Skills: grasp, pinch, twist, squeeze (i.e.., record/chart); hand coordination (e.g., manipulate equipment)
  • Environment: tolerate exposure to allergens (i.e., latex products, chemical substances); tolerate heat and humidity (i.e., giving showers)
  • Physical Endurance: maintain physical activity for length of clinical shift
  • Reading: read and understand written documents (flow sheets, charts, graphs); read digital displays
  • Communication: interacts with others; speak English; write English; listen and understand spoken and written word
  • Physical Strength: push, pull and lift 50 pounds; support 50 pounds of weight; use upper/lower body strength
  • Tactile: feel vibrations (i.e., pulse); detect temperature (i.e., skin, liquids, environment, and equipment); feel differences in surface characteristics (i.e., rashes, swelling)
  • Hearing: hear normal level speaking sounds; hear faint voices/whisper
  • Emotional Stability: ability to provide client with emotional support; adapt to changing environment/stress; focus attention on task; cope with strong emotions in others (i.e., anger, grief); respond to the unexpected (i.e., death, emergencies); maintain emotional control
  • Mobility: twist/bend/stoop/squat; move quickly (i.e., response to an emergency); climb stairs; walk (i.e., walk with client)
  • Math: add/subtract/multiply/divide; measure; tell time/count
  • Visual: see objects up to 20 feet away (i.e., information on computer screen, skin, client in room); use depth perception; use peripheral vision; distinguish color and color intensity
  • Problem Solving: know the difference between serious and minor problems; apply knowledge and skill; organize and use information
  • Interpersonal Skills: establish appropriate relationships with clients, families, and co-workers; respect cultural differences; handle interpersonal conflict