Special Considerations


1. Non-Discriminatory

Students accepted to the program will be expected to provide care in a variety of settings to individuals and families without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age or disability.

2. Good Moral Character

In order to be eligible to take RN boards (NCLEX exam), you must have the required educational background and be of good moral character. Persons charged with or convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country, or who have committed an act which raises a reasonable question as to the applicant’s moral character (e.g., professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence, or the termination of professional training, employment or privilege or voluntary/involuntary leaving to avoid termination by any hospital or licensed facility) shall be referred to the executive director of the Office of Professional Discipline or his/ her designee. This is a lengthy process and the applicant is responsible for his/her own legal fees. A person concerned with his/her eligibility is advised to initiate the process well before graduation.

(Source: Nursing Licensing Application Packet published by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions)

3. Essential Skills

The following is a representative list of the essential skills, with or without accommodation, expected of students enrolled in the nursing program:

a. Communication

i.    Elicit health history/information from a patient, computer and health records including those written in cursive English

ii.   Give and receive, understand and be understood regarding relevant verbal English and nonverbal feedback

iii.  Record information accurately and efficiently

b. Observation and Sensory Skills

i.    Assess pertinent body systems including inspection of skin, respirations, temperature, color, odors, and motor function of the patient

ii.   Auscultate (listen for cardiac, lung and abdominal sounds)

iii.  Palpate (feel) for pulses, lumps

iv.  Percuss (short quick blows by the fingers usually to the chest or abdomen in order to obtain a sound for the determination of density, size or position)

v.   React/respond to signals, alarms, and other displays indicating immediate patient need

c. Manual Dexterity and Motor Skills

i.    Position and transfer patient safely

ii.   Use appropriate hand washing techniques

iii.  Gown, glove and mask appropriately

iv.  Perform sterile techniques

v.   Perform nursing procedures

vi.  Apply and/or utilize patient care equipment and devices

vii. Administer medications

viii. Perform range of motion (passive) exercises for the patient

d. Conceptual and Analytical Reasoning

i.    Demonstrate abilities to calculate, measure, and analyze

ii.   Exercise good judgment

iii.  Utilize critical thinking in the process of delivering care and comfort to patients

e. Social Skills

i.    Perform effectively under stress

ii.   Display flexibility

iii.  Demonstrate compassion

iv.  Develop effective relationships with patients, staff, peers, families, and other health team members

v.   Demonstrates good moral character consistent with ANA Code of Ethics

f.  Information Technology Skills

i.    Perform basic technology functions using a variety of available interfaces (personal computers, tablets, electronic equipment)

ii.   Access and search internet using standard web browsers

iii.  Manage personal passwords