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SUNY College of Technology at Delhi School of Nursing Technical Standards

The list of technical standards is for you to use to become aware and informed of the skills required in the performance of duties of a registered nurse and to assess your ability to complete such duties. These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the associate and baccalaureate nursing programs at SUNY Delhi. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this list to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

Graduates are expected to have a broad competence in the basic skills underlying the general practice of nursing. All graduates must be able to conduct an assessment and synthesize the findings into a plan of care including intervention and evaluation. This must be accomplished independently without aid of an intermediary.

Nursing students must possess the capabilities to accomplish these requirements in a reliable manner and become competent and safe practitioners. Thus, our students must have the capability to undertake all our curricular requirements to the satisfaction of our supervising faculty.

Guidelines

Nursing education requires the acquisition of skills, professional attitudes and behavior as well as the accumulation of scientific knowledge. The complete process involves an intense professional education leading to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing, or Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing. In order to graduate the best possible nurses, school standards must be rigorous and exacting, and admissions must be extended only to those who are best qualified to meet the performance standards of the profession.  Graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render a wide spectrum of patient care.

Candidates must have abilities and skills in five areas:  1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and 5) behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal abilities. Since the care of patients is an essential part of the educational program, schools must at all costs act to protect the health and safety of patients.

Observation

The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to physiologic and pharmacologic demonstrations in animals, microbiologic cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand, to communicate with accuracy, clarity and efficiency with patients, their families and other members of the health care team (including spoken and non-verbal communications, such as interpretation of facial expressions, affect and body language).

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Communication

A candidate should be able to communicate with and observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing.  Communication also includes computer literacy to be able to document in electronic medical record used in health care agencies. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the health care team.

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Motor and Tactile Abilities

The candidate must be able to provide general care and emergency interventions to patients in all health care settings.  Required functions include carrying out nursing procedures, performing basic laboratory tests and providing routine and emergency care and treatment to patients according to the standard of care.

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Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, a critical skill, requires all of these intellectual abilities. Candidates must have the ability to gather data, develop a plan of action, establish priorities and monitor treatment plans and modalities, and have the ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships.

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Behavioral, Emotional, and Interpersonal Abilities

A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must possess the ability to relate to colleagues, staff and patients with honesty, integrity and non-discrimination, and demonstrate the capacity for the development of a mature, sensitive and effective therapeutic relationship with patients.

A candidate must be able to tolerate taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients, modify behavior in response to constructive criticism, and the capacity to demonstrate ethical behavior, including adherence to the professional nursing and student honor codes.

Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that shall be assessed during the admissions and education processes.

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Admission Requirements
HS Average: 80
Algebra Regents: 80
Biology Regents: 80
English Regents: 80
Transfer GPA: 3.0
Test of Essential Academic
Skills V (TEAS)

Curriculum
SUNY Curriculum Code: 0622


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