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Associate in Applied Science



Professional Nursing - Functional Abilities

Functional Abilities

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Director of Professional Nursing: Evelyn Claiborne
For program information please call 816.604.4175
Application period: For fall semester, the first Thursday in January through the third Thursday in January (4:30 p.m.). For spring, the first Thursday in August through the third Thursday in August (4:30 p.m.)

Our nursing program prepares you for a nurse generalist role. Functional abilities to meet this role include cognitive, sensor/perceptual, psychosocial/emotional and physical principal capabilities to provide safer care to individuals or groups of individuals.

I. COGNITIVE REQUIREMENT
ACADEMIC STANDARD FUNCTIONAL ABILITY
Includes the comprehension and application of information and the ability to assimilate information with previous learning to form new understandings. Meet conditional admission requirements for MCC. This includes Compass, GPA, TEASTM and similar test scores required for A.D.N. program.
II. SENSORY/PERCEPTUAL REQUIREMENTS
VISION STANDARD FUNCTIONAL ABILITY
Visual acuity sufficient to observe, read or otherwise accurately interpret visual stimuli or obtain, and record client information or provide safe environment and emergency response to situations. Common aids to correct vision may be used. Read small print, charts, orders, medication labels, ampules, vials, syringes, technological tools and monitoring equipment. Vision sufficient for accurate assessment of clients by using visual inspection to implement appropriate interventions. Includes the ability to recognize emergency lights and/or equipment functions/alerts, clarity of medications, or other situations necessary for client safety.
HEARING, SMELL, SPEECH STANDARD FUNCTIONAL ABILITY
Sufficient hearing and smell to discriminate and assign meaning to sensory input. Speech to communicate and to be understood clearly by others. Be alerted to sounds and odors that signal emergency situations. Utilize standard equipment that allows for hearing of heart, lung and other sounds that contribute to a patient assessment. Ability to communicate by both obtaining and delivering the information appropriate in a patient care situation.
III. PSYCHOSOCIAL REQUIREMENT
INTERPERSONAL STANDARD FUNCTIONAL ABILITY
Psychosocial skills, emotional stability and sensitivity sufficient to maintain a cooperative atmosphere among other health care persons and clients and families. Ability to respond to a variety of clinical situations with therapeutic interpersonal techniques. Establish and maintain effective relationships. Ability to function in a variety of situations with varying degrees of stress, including emergent and rapidly changing situations.
IV. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT
PSYCHOMOTOR STANDARD FUNCTIONAL ABILITY
Maintain motor coordination, strength, flexibility, dexterity, balance and sensory capabilities sufficient for safe and accurate assessment and performance of client care. Adhere to infection control standards, provide direct client care: including walking, lifting, turning, moving clients safely during care, in activities of daily living and in emergent situation including CPR. The ability to manipulate standard equipment.
Last Modified: 2/11/16