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Performance Standards

Essential Nursing Performance Standards

Students admitted to the BRCC Nursing Program are expected to complete course requirements that prepare them to perform essential job functions as a registered, professional nurse. These functions and/or skills are:


Establish interpersonal rapport and communicate verbally and in writing with clients, physicians, peers, family members and the health care team from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.


Auditory acuity to note slight changes in the client’s condition and to perceive and interpret various equipment signals and to use the telephone.


Possess the visual acuity to read and distinguish colors, to read handwritten orders, and any other handwritten and printer data, i.e., medication records, and scales; to chart content and provide for safety of clients condition by clearly viewing monitors in order to correctly interpret data.


Walk or stand for prolonged periods over a six to eight hour period. Must be able to bend, squat or kneel, and assist in lifting or moving clients of all age groups and weights. Perform CPR i.e., move above patient to compress chest and manually ventilate patient. Work with arms fully extended overhead.

Manual Dexterity

Determine eye/hand coordination and manipulation of equipment such as syringes and IV infusion pumps.

Fine Motor

Use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation and possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and ability to differentiate change in sensation.


Maintain reality orientation for at least an eight-hour period of time. Assimilate and apply knowledge acquired through lecture discussions and readings. Comprehend and apply basic mathematical skills, e.g., factor labeling, use of conversion tables, calculation of drug dosages and solutions. Comprehend and apply abstract concepts from biological, sociological, and psychological sciences.


Olfactory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.


Communicate and organize thoughts to prepare written documents that are correct in style, grammar and mechanics.


Any student who thinks he/she does not possess one or more of these functions should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services.  Provisions for accommodations will be made in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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