Essential Functions

Applicants and students should be able to perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.  Accommodations include the use of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices in order to demonstrate ability to become proficient in these essential functions.

Essential Function
Technical Standard
Some Examples of Necessary Activity
(not all-inclusive)

Decision Making

Critical Thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgement

Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; evaluate patient or instrument responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions and make accurate inferences based on the collection and interpretation of data
Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds Establish rapport with patients and colleagues; Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, teaching); function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.
Communication Ability
Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in spoken and written English Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret instructions. Listen attentively.
Physical Endurance
Remain continuously on task for several hours while standing, sitting, moving, lifting, and/or bending Manually resuscitate patients in emergency situations or stand/walk for extensive periods of time.
Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination Move around in patient's rooms, work spaces and treatment areas.
Motor Skills
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care and operate equipment Calibrate and use equipment; transfer and position patients or lift and operate equipment with necessary strength and dexterity. Accurately complete motor skills within an established, safe timeframe designated for the skills performed
Adequate Height
Ability to reach and operate overhead equipment Turn wall mounted monitors/gauges on and off.
Hearing Ability
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.
Visual Ability
Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient observation and assessment, ability to discriminate between subtle changes in density (black to gray) of a color in low light Observe patient/responses, secretions, color. Read thermometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, label and gauges.
Tactile Ability
Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment Perform palpation, functions of physical examinations and/or those related to therapeutic intervention.
Olfactory Ability
Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety Distinguish smells which are contributory to assessing and/or maintaining the patient's health status or environmental safety (fire).
Professional Attitude and Demeanor
Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health, and emotional stability. Work under stressful conditions and irregular hours.  Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situations. Demonstrate flexibility. Shown concern for others.

Note: The Advising and Counseling Center provides academic support services and accomodations to San Juan College students who are eligible as outlined in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students requiring reasonable accomodations can contact the SJC Advising and Counseling Center at 505-566-3526 for detailed information.
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