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Student Disability Policy


Lincoln University Department of Nursing Science will make every reasonable accommodation to help students with disabilities as long as they are otherwise qualified succeed in the nursing program. Since students with learning or other disabilities may need special considerations to succeed, the following guidelines are provided to help determine appropriate action.

In most cases the student will initiate a request for an accommodation. Faculty will publish how to access disabilities services in each course syllabus. The student is expected to notify the Department and Coordinator of Disabilities Services as soon as any disability that will require an accommodation is diagnosed. In general, the student will be responsible for notifying the Department and the Coordinator of Disabilities Services before the beginning of nursing course work. That is, if a student does not report information about a known disability before the beginning of class, the Department is not responsible to make retroactive changes in any grades or clinical evaluations associated in the course.

The Coordinator of Disabilities Services will review the documentation and in consultation with the student and his/her heath care professional develop recommendations for any needed accommodations. These recommendations will be provided to the appropriate faculty. Departmental administration will support faculty efforts to affect the needed accommodations. Faculty are expected to maintain the same standards and course objectives as with any Lincoln University Department of Nursing Science student.

The Lincoln University Department of Nursing Science is committed to educating nurses in providing the best possible patient care. Therefore, the curriculum requires proficiency in a variety of abilities. All students must have these abilities to fulfill program and course requirements. The abilities include but are not limited to:

Physical:
1. Possess sufficient energy and mobility to provide patient care to meet course
objectives.
2. Transfer, lift, pull, and perform other demanding physical procedures as
required to provide routine and emergency patient care, while ensuring the
safety of self, patient and others.
3. Provide patient care for up to 12 hours; attend clinical experiences at assigned
times.
4. Utilize sight, hearing, smell, and touch to assess patients at a distance and close
at hand; effectively use diagnostic instruments and screening tools as required.
(Examples include the use of an otoscope to assess the ear; use of the
stethoscope to assess the heart and lungs)
5. Use gross and fine motor skills while providing patient care, consistent with
established nursing practice and patient safety. (Examples include but are not
limited to maintaining clean /sterile technique such as urinary cauterization,
tracheostomy care, giving an injection)

Cognitive:
1. Elicit and interpret verbal and nonverbal communications.
2. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, using appropriate words,
grammar, and vocabulary.
3. Make accurate decisions in a timely manner, under stressful and challenging
conditions.
4. Utilize analysis, synthesis, critical thinking and mathematical calculations in
the provision of safe patient care.

Interpersonal:
1. Interact professionally with individuals, families, and communities of various
social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
2. Use social skills to form a therapeutic relationship with individuals, families
and communities.
3. Possess compassion, integrity, motivation, and genuine concern for others.
4. Maintain professional behavior and demeanor when faced with challenging
situations.