Saint Louis University

Competencies and Performance Standards Essential for Nursing Practice:
A nursing student must possess certain physical and mental attributes in order to provide safe and effective client care. The following competencies have been identified as essential to practice safely, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Competencies and Performance Standards*
Examples (not all-inclusive)
Physical competence:
Gross and fine motor skills, strength, mobility, and endurance sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Maneuver within confined spaces, move quickly, move and position clients, operate large and small equipment, lift objects up to 50 lbs., work entire 8-12 hr. shift.
Sensory perception:
Hearing, vision and tactile function sufficient to assess and monitor health status and provide a safe environment.
Hear alarms, hear blood pressure & heart sounds, observe client responses, read monitors & charts, feel body surface characteristics & pulses.
Critical & analytical thinking:
Critical and analytical thinking abilities sufficient for sound clinical judgment.
Identify cause-effect, synthesize knowledge, transfer knowledge, process information, prioritize, problem solve, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.
Emotional stability:
Emotional stability sufficient to maintain accountability and responsibility in a high stress environment.
Adjust positively to stress/changing environment, keep attention focused, deal with unexpected, provide emotional support.
Interpersonal skills:
Interpersonal skills/abilities sufficient to interact positively with others.
Establish rapport with clients and colleagues, respect differences, negotiate conflicts.
Communication skills:
Communication abilities sufficient for interacting with others in verbal and written form.
Sharing information, teaching, explaining procedures, documenting, giving reports.