IRSC Practical Nursing Program
Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression*
Nursing involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the
application of knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order
to be considered for admissions or be retained in the program after admission, all students
must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
Examples of Necessary
Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical
judgment. Ability to make fast decisions in
stressful situations in a professional manner.
Identify cause-effect relationships
in clinical situations, develop
nursing care plans and display
good coping mechanisms.
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact
with individuals, families and groups from a
variety of social, emotional, cultural and
patients/clients and colleagues.
Communication abilities sufficient for
interaction with others in verbal and written
Explain treatment procedures,
initiate health teaching, document
and interpret nursing actions and
Physical abilities sufficient to move from
room to room and maneuver in small
Move around in patient rooms,
work spaces, and treatment areas;
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to
provide safe and effective nursing care.
Calibrate and use equipment;
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and
assess health needs.
Hear blood pressure accurately,
hear alarms, emergency signals,
auscultatory sounds, and cries for
Visual ability sufficient for observation and
assessment necessary in nursing care.
Observe patient/client responses.
Prepare and administer
Tactile ability sufficient for physical
Perform palpation, functions of
physical examination and/or those
related to therapeutic intervention,
e.g. sense temperature change,
assess peripheral pulses, and
insert a catheter.
Sufficient stamina to provide patient care
and related responsibilities for extended
periods of time (8-12 hours).
Adapt to shift work. Lift, without
restrictions, from standing
* Adapted from the Board of Directors of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education
for Nursing (SCCEN) guidelines for Nursing Education programs.
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