Ability. A characteristic of nursing competency that describes the capacity to act effectively. It requires listening, integrity, knowledge of one’s strengths and weaknesses, positive self-regard, emotional intelligence, and openness to feedback.
Accountability. To be answerable to oneself and others for one’s own choices, decisions and actions as measured against a standard such as that established by the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
Acculturation. The acquisition of a first culture that is essential to survival. Acculturation is further defined as “cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture”.
Aggregate: a group of students or persons that share a commonality, e.g. grade, health condition, age