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NUR 121 Clinical Competencies

The student who successfully completes NUR 121 will be able to meet the following criteria:

Professional Behavior

  • adhere to professional checklist criteria
  • identify the role of members of the interdisciplinary team
  • recognize basic legal and ethical implications for practice
  • describe characteristics of nursing as a profession
  • recognize the need for continuing personal and professional growth and accountability
  • define the role of the nurse as advocate
  • attend all assigned clinical and simulation laboratory experiences

Nursing Process

  • collect information for database
  • perform basic assessment skills with supervision
  • prepare a list of nursing diagnoses following guidelines
  • write goals following criteria
  • discuss basic interventions following criteria
  • identify the role of other health team members in the plan of care
  • identify the role of the family in the plan of care
  • implement the plan of care with guidance
  • discuss if the stated goals have been met

Nursing Interventions

  • correctly demonstrate skills in the Nursing Skills Laboratories
  • perform fundamental skills safely and accurately
  • follow institutional policies and procedures when completing skills
  • practice within the scope of a student nurse
  • calculate basic drug dosages correctly in the classroom
  • verbalize examples of issues related to health care costs
  • apply principles learned in NSL to the performance of nursing skills


  • define critical thinking
  • use the nursing process as a tool for critical thinking with an emphasis on basic human needs and assessment
  • identify factors in the environment that impact client care
  • identify ways the nurse/client relationship is influenced by biopsychosocial factors
  • identify the role of the nurse in promoting health
  • state scientific rationale for nursing diagnosis and interventions


  • attend orientation sessions to learn the technology used at the assigned clinical setting
  • access client information using technology
  • identify basic principles of documentation; must use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and appropriate medical terminology
  • identify various documentation systems
  • verbalize the meaning of commonly used medical abbreviations and symbols
  • complete appropriate facility documentation
  • record client information onto a database following guidelines
  • inform primary nurse and/or faculty of any changes in client status throughout clinical experience and at end of shift
  • discuss principles of client teaching
  • describe techniques of therapeutic communication
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