Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Fall 2014 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1207-30 - Nurs Jurisprudence

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2014
InstructorDouglas, Mark Eric
Phone(409) 984-6371
Allied Health
Chair:Margaret Gongre
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:Virtual by appointment
Building:Allied Health Annex (AHA)
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Course Information
Course Number91187
Course Description A course in nursing jurisprudence and ethics with an emphasis on personal and professional responsibility. Study of the laws and regulations related to the provision of safe and effective professional nursing care. This course lends itself to either a blocked or integrated approach.
Course Prerequisites RNSG 1423 Introduction to Professional Nursing for Integrated Programs; RNSG 1260 Clinical RNSG; RNSG 2514 Care of Patients with Complex Health Care Needs; RNSG 2535 Integrated Client Care Management
Required Textbooks American Psychological Association (2009). Concise rules of apa style (6th ed.). Washington, D. C.

Westrick, S. J. (2014). Essentials of nursing law and ethics (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Attendance Policy Online
Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of Final Grade Discussions/Assignments

100 Points each


70% Final Summation

100 Points

10% Midterm Exam

100 Points

10% Final Exam

100 Points

10% TBON Jurisprudence Exam


Pass/Fail TOTAL

Final Exam Date October 16, 2014 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Reading Assignments and Skimming Assignments: When asked to read a text, an article or some other resource, the student should look carefully at the material so as to understand the meaning of what is being presented. For example, if you are asked to read a chapter in the textbook, you are expected to know and to at least begin to understand the information being presented by the time you complete the reading.

In comparison, skimming consists of familiarizing yourself with the materials being covered. When asked to skim materials, it is a good practice to read the first and last sentences of the paragraphs within the text. If you do not get the gist of the passage, read more. The student should also pay attention to titles, headings, images and tables so to become familiar with the basic ideas presented.

Discussions/Assignments: In these discussions and assignments, you will complete the activities and address the discussion questions or assignments presented within each Module after completing all readings and research assigned. You will also submit scholarly responses to other student postings within the discussion board area; the required number of scholarly responses will be designated in each discussion/assignment. These assignments are worth 100 points each.

Final Summation: In this assignment, you will identify the key points within the information discussed that will make a difference and change the way you are currently nursing. This assignment is worth 100 points.

Exams: You will complete two electronic exams using Respondus Lockdown Browser during the course. The midterm exam is worth 100 points and the final exam is worth 100 points. The due dates for completion of the exams are listed in the module. Exams are multiple choice, short answer and true/false. No essay questions are included. Questions for the quizzes may be randomly selected so no two students have the same test. Each exam item is of equal weight, so no student has an easier or more difficult exam to take. There are no exam retakes available.

Individual Discussion Postings: Discussion amongst and between classmates is a major component of this course. At several points in this course, you may be asked to respond to a provocation from the instructor. Your response in all postings should consist of complete sentences and should meet the requirements listed in each discussion assignment instructions. Additionally, you are required to post thoughtful and scholarly responses to other student postings each week

Texas Board of Nursing Jurisprudence Exam: Submit a scanned copy of your Certificate of Completion for your Nursing Jurisprudence exam. You should have submitted your application to the BON by the beginning of this course and can check your status online. You may submit a screenshot of the online status of your Application for Initial Licensure for your RN. If you have already taken your jurisprudence as an LVN you should not have to repeat it but it must show as completed in this status area with a date taken. This is a mandatory Pass/Fail assignment and must be completed to pass the course.

Late Assignments: Late assignments will be penalized 25 points if received after the date and time due – No exceptions. Assignments submitted after 24 hours will result in a zero for the assignment.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Module 1 08/25/2014 – 08/31/2014

Westrick, S. J. (2014). Essentials of nursing law and ethics (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

 Chapter 2 – Regulations of Nursing Practice

 Chapter 3 – Nurses in Legal Actions

 Chapter 4 – Standards of Care

 Chapter 5 – Defenses to Negligence or Malpractice

 Chapter 6 – Prevention of Malpractice

 Chapter 11 – Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities

 Chapter 12 – Confidential Communication

 Chapter 43 – Intentional Torts

Web-Based Reading Activity: Go to the Texas Board of Nursing website and review the following specific areas of the Nursing Practice Act and Rules and Regulations:

 Conduct: reportable/nonreportable: NPA 301.401(1), Rule 217.11(1)(K), Rule 217.16;

 Fitness to Practice: NPA 301.401, 301.410, Rule 213.29 and Discipline & Complaints - Policies & Guidelines

 Grounds for Disciplinary Action: NPA 301.452, 301.453, 301.4535

 Identification - NPA 301.351 and Rule §217.10

 Investigation of Complaints: NPA 301.457; Disciplinary Matrix; Disciplinary Action, Discipline FAQs

 Mandatory Reporting Requirements: By individual nurse: NPA 301.402, 301.4025 and Rule 217.11(K)

 Mandatory Reporting Requirements: By others: NPA 301.403, 301.404, 301.405, 301.406, 301.407, 301.408, 301.409, 301.410

 Minor Incident, Board reportable - Rule §217.16

 Minor Incident, Definition - NPA 301.419 and Rule 217.16, 217.19 & 217.20 (def 9)

 Mission - Home page BON web site - NPA Mission; Texas Board of Nursing Newsletters

 Multi State Recognition – NPA 304; and Rule §220

 Name Badge - NPA 301.351 and Rule §217.10

 Reporting a Nurse (how to): NPA 301.457, Discipline & Complaints Forms and Board of Nursing Complaint Process

 Stipulations: NPA 301.463, 301.468, 301.469 and Rule §213.1(27), Disciplinary Matrix; Disciplinary Action

 Texas Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations

Click the link(s) to access the reading(s). You must be connected to the Internet to view the reading(s).

Complete all reading by end of day Tuesday.


Module 1 Assignments Complete the assignment: Academic Honor Code Submit signed Academic Honor Code by end of day Tuesday Complete the assignment: Determination of Final Grade Submit signed Determination of Final Grade by end of day Tuesday

Complete the discussion: Nursing Practice Case Study

Post discussion response by end of day Friday

Post scholarly replies by end of day on Sunday Complete the Pre Test Open on Monday closes on Sunday

Module 2 09/01/2014 – 09/07/2014

Textbook Readings – Review Module 1 assigned readings

Web-Based Reading – Review Module 1 assigned readings

Module 2 Assignments Complete the activity and discussion: Nursing Practice Post discussion response by end of day Friday Post scholarly replies by end of day on Sunday

Complete the activity and assignment: Nursing and the Law

Submit assignment by end of day on Sunday

Module 3 09/08/2014 – 09/14/2014

Westrick, S. J. (2014). Essentials of nursing law and ethics (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

 Chapter 19 – Clients with AIDS and HIV Testing

 Chapter 20 – Abusive Situations

 Chapter 45 – Ethical Decision Making

 Chapter 46 – Professional Boundaries and Patient Relationships

 Chapter 47 – Moral Courage and Patient Advocacy

 Chapter 48 – Social Media and Online Professionalism

 Chapter 49 – Reporting Illegal, Unethical, or Unsafe Conduct

 Chapter 50 – Maternal and Fetal Rights

 Chapter 51 – Futility of Care

 Chapter 52 – Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions

 Chapter 53 – Assisted Suicide

Web-Based Reading

Activity: Read the Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretative Statements

Activity: Review the following areas within the Nursing Practice Act and Rules and Regulations:

 Conduct: reportable/nonreportable: NPA 301.401(1), Rule 217.11(1)(K), Rule 217.16

 Ethical Conduct - Rules §213.27, §213.28, §213.29, §213.30 and §217.12

 Fitness to Practice: NPA 301.401, 301.410, Rule 213.29 and Disciplinary Sanction Policies, Discipline
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes The Upward Mobility Nursing Program provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for the student to:

PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

PSLO 1. Practices within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards for the professional nurse.

PSLO 2. Uses a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs in various health care settings.

PSLO 3. Employs an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.

PSLO 4. Collaborates with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, and safe care to patients.
Course Student Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College - Port Arthur, this course encourages the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in the field of Professional Nursing.

Upon completion of RNSG 1207, the student will have the opportunity to:

1. Describe the roles of the professional nurse in a variety of health care settings.

2. Identify standards of nursing practice.

3. Discuss issues concerning professional boundaries.

4. Discuss supervisor liability.

5. Describe the rights of the nurse in a peer review situation.

6. Relate the difference between minor and reportable incidents

7. Discuss other legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing according to the Nursing Practice Act for the State of Texas.

8. Identify all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrate a full understanding of the reading.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.  Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.  Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.  Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

     According to the Lamar State College policy unauthorized use of college computer account(s), computer data files, and/or computer facilities, is considered a breach of conduct, and is not in keeping with the educational aims, purposes, and philosophy of the college and subjects student(s) to disciplinary action. No cell phones should be visible during class. Additional classroom policies include:  The following behaviors will result in the student being asked to cease the action, lose five (5) points on the next exam, and/or leave the classroom or labs: using cell phones, talking while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions/presentations; or displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students.
Additional Information
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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