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  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: New York State 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 accommodations, expected of students enrolled in the Nursing program:
    1. Communication
      1. elicit health history/information from clients, computers, and health records including those written in cursive English,
      2. give, receive, understand, and be understood regarding relevant verbal English and nonverbal feedback and
      3. record information accurately and efficiently.
       
    2. Observation and Sensory Skills
      1. assess pertinent body systems including inspection of skin, respirations, temperature, color, odors, and motor function of the client,
      2. auscultate (listen for cardiac, lung and abdominal sounds),
      3. palpate (feel for pulses, lumps),
      4. 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, and
      5. react/respond to signals, alarms, and other displays indicating immediate client need.
       
    3. Manual Dexterity and Motor Skills
      1. position and transfer clients safely,
      2. use appropriate handwashing techniques,
      3. gown, glove and mask appropriately,
      4. perform sterile techniques,
      5. perform nursing procedures such as bedbath, making an occupied and unoccupied bed, oral care, and urinary catheterization,
      6. apply and/or utilize other client care equipment and devices such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers and monitors,
      7. administer medications (IM, Sub Q, IV, suppositories, etc.), and
      8. perform range of motion (passive) exercises for the client.
       
    4. Conceptual and Analytical Reasoning
      1. demonstrate ability to calculate, measure and analyze,
      2. exercise good judgment, and
      3. utilize critical thinking in the process of delivering care and comfort to clients.
       
    5. Social Skills
      1. perform effectively under stress,
      2. display flexibility,
      3. demonstrate compassion, and
      4. develop effective relationships with clients, staff, peers, families and other health team members.