Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1231- Section: 01
LSCPA Logo Image
Instructor Information
Instructor Eursula Davis
Phone(409) 984-6364
Location:Allied Health - Room: 117
Hours:As posted and by appointment
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects. Includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process.
Prerequisites BIO 2401 & BIO 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I             
NURA 1160 Clinical
To graduate from the VN program it is required that you must complete either, Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS 1305), or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) prior to graduation.    
Students must have a minimum grade of “C” or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing Program Certificate plan to graduate
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1231 Pharmacology assists the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as a vocational nurse. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:     
1. Identify properties, effects, and principles of pharmacotherapeutic agents; and list common nursing interventions associated with the various pharmacotherapeutic agents. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3)
2.    Explain the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in administering pharmacological agents. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1)    
3.    Identify contraindicated medications or treatments.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3
4.     Describe therapeutic and nontherapeutic reactions to medications. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
5.    Withhold medications to minimize potential complications (e.g., adverse reactions, toxicity, electrolyte imbalances, etc.). PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
6. Relate therapeutic blood levels to effectiveness of treatment. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2)
7. Assist in evaluating extent to which drug therapy meets patient’s needs. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
8. Assist in evaluation of control of side effects of medications. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)    
9. Collect data related to the patient’s need for medications prescribed PRN (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
10. Monitor for interactions between drugs, food, and fluids administered to the patient. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
11. Review appropriate use of non-prescription/OTC medications. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
Core Objectives 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 PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Upon completion of the Vocational Nursing Program graduates will, under the supervision of a professional licensed nurse and/or licensed physician, function in non-complex settings and should be able to:

PSLO 1.    Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.
PSLO 2.    Use a systematic problem-solving process in the care of multiple patients who have predictable health care needs to provide safe, individualized, goal-directed nursing care.
PSLO 3.    Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.
PSLO 4.    Cooperate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, safe, care to patients.
Textbooks 1 Adams, M., Holland, N. & Urban, C. (2016) MyNursingLab for Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach (5th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier ISBN-13: 9780134449012
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Orientation, Syllabus, MyLab Access and Overview
Week 2: Fundamental Principles of Pharmacology
Week 3: Exam I
Week 4: Begin Study of Nervous System Medications, MyLab Assignments and Quizzes
Week 5: Continue Study of Nervous System Medications, MyLab Assignments/Quizzes
Week 6: Exam II
Week 7: Begin Study of Cardiovascular and Urinary Systems, MyLab Assignments/Quiz
Week 8: Continue Study of Cardiovascular and Urinary Systems, AT HOME MyLab, DB
Week 9: Exam III
Week 10: Study of Immune System, MyLab Assignments/Quizzes
Week 11: Respiratory System and Continue Study-Immune, MyLab Assignments/Quizzes
Week 12: Exam IV
Week 13: Study of GI Meds, MyLab Assignments/Quizzes
Week 14: Study of Endocrine and Male/Female Reproductive Meds, MyLab Assignments
Week 15: Exam V, MyLab Assignments/Quizzes for Miscellaneous Meds, HESI Exam
Week 16: Final Exam
Major Assignments
Date: 09/12/2018 Exam I Time: 08:00
Date: 10/03/2018 Exam II Time: 08:00
Date: 10/24/2018 Exam III Time: 08:00
Date: 11/14/2018 Exam IV Time: 08:00
Date: 12/05/2018 Exam V Time: 08:00
Date: 12/06/2018 Standardized Exam (HESI) Time: TBA
Final Exam Date December 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
1.    Examinations are based on course objectives.
2.    Quizzes may be administered and averaged into course grade to ensure that students are comprehending material presented in classroom and to prepare students for unit examinations.
3.    Course content from pre-requisite courses will be included on exams, as appropriate.
4.    No hats, caps, hoodies, smart watches, personal possessions other than keys, earbuds, pencil and scantron may be brought in to the exam.
5.    Case studies, group activities and discussions may be utilized in classroom or discussion board activities to enhance comprehension and application of material. Participation is highly recommended for clarification of concepts for self and for peers.
6.    No make-up unit exams are given. The numerical grade attained on the Comprehensive Final exam is substituted for any missed unit exams, providing the student has followed proper protocol in reporting absence.
7.    Students who arrive after the exam starts, but before it ends may take the exam without penalty, however, they will not be allowed additional time. If a student must miss an exam, s/he must contact the instructor prior to the exam or within twenty-four hours of the exam. A no-call/no-show for an exam will result in a grade of 0 zero.
8.    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours post test.
9.    Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50 percent or more of the class are reviewed. If an item is found to be flawed, the faculty may give credit for more than one answer or nullify the item. When an item is nullified, the key is changed so that all answers are credited as correct. That is, if a student answered the item as originally keyed, the student will retain the credit for the item. If a student’s answer differs from the one originally keyed, the student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.
10.    If a student scores less than a 75 on a unit examination, the student is required to make an appointment with an instructor prior to the next examination. At that time, the student and instructor will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations.
11.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing, with documentation, within one week of the review of the exam. Disputed exam items must be submitted by the student along with proposed answer supported by documentation from the current textbook, handouts, and, or lecture reference material.
12. A Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken and is weighted equivalent to two unit exams.
13.    Any assignment or exam submitted without a student’s name will not receive credit. The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course

Exam I        Grade
Exam II        Grade
Exam III        Grade
Exam IV        Grade
Exam V Grade
Standardized Pharmacology Exam        Grade
Final        Grade
Final        Grade
Total/8=Grade (90 percent)

Assignments and/or Quiz Average Grade (10 percent)
=100 percent
14. A minimum average of 75 percent in VNSG 1231 independent of all other requirements is necessary to pass the course.
15. A mandatory Comprehensive Standardized Examination (REACH) is administered at the end of the semester prior to the final exam and is weighted equivalent to one unit exam. The cost of the exam is included in the HESI Case Study Testing package (approx 60.00) and it is the student’s responsibility to pay at the business office by the designated deadline.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Policies for this course are described below
1. Because poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment, attendance at all scheduled classes is expected.
2. A student who is absent from course activities for more than three 3 days without notification to faculty may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.
3. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the beginning of the class, 2 or more times, will be counseled and a plan of corrective action determined. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive fifteen 15 minutes after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter.
4. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any absence or delay from scheduled activities. If the student is unable to contact the instructor, the student should call 409-984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872 ext. 6356. The student should also email the faculty or call the faculty office and leave a voicemail.
5. In addition to notifying an instructor, students must submit a Student Excuse Form, upon the first day of return, each time the student is absent, delayed from attending or departs early from class, clinical or lab. Failure to complete the Student Excuse Form will result in a declaration of a No Call, No Show for the number of days absent and may result in the student being dismissed from the program.
6. Class is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. unless otherwise stated.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLamarPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLamarPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLamarPA.
Other Additional classroom policies include:
Students and faculty of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Vocational Nursing Program are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. To assure that faculty have the opportunity to teach and students have the opportunity to benefit from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in distracting classroom behavior:
I understand that promptness is expected. I will be on time for the beginning of all classes and will return from breaks promptly.
I understand that I am expected to come to theory and lab experiences prepared and present myself as a sincere, adult learner.
I will return phone calls and/or text messages only during scheduled breaks.
I will keep cell phones on vibrate in classroom and off and out of reach during testing and test reviews. In the event of an emergency, your family should contact you through AH Secretary, VN Coordinator, or Department Chair.
I agree that on-campus computers will only be used for classroom work.
I agree that all information shared by other students and instructors will remain confidential.
I will not repeat or discuss what is shared with anyone.
I agree that I will not engage in ‘side-bar’ discussions.
I agree that I will direct my comments to the front of the room.
I agree to participate in all discussions, activities, and exercises.
I agree to be open to new ideas and experiences.
I agree to take risks and step outside of my comfort zone.
I agree to maintain a positive attitude.
I agree to give supportive feedback and make corrections without belittling anyone.
I agree to suspend judgment and be responsible for my actions.
I agree to be responsible for learning as much as I can from this experience.
I agree to ask for what I need from my instructors.
I agree to get better acquainted with my fellow students so we can all identify ways to support one another,
work together as a team and develop professionally.
I agree to follow the guidelines and policies in the LSC-PA Vocational Nursing Student Handbook.

Should I be unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.

The following behaviors will result in the student being asked to cease the action and/or leave the classroom:
inappropriate and/or disruptive use of cell phones or other electronic devices in classroom
talking or sleeping while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions/presentations
displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students

If any of these behaviors result in the student being asked to leave the room, the student will receive a counseling note and there will be a loss of 5 points on the next exam.

1. Gates Memorial Library located at 317 Stillwell
2. Open computer Lab-Gates Memorial Library
3. Student Success Center Building
4. Evolve Website (HESI) School Code : 195024, Web Site: https://evolve.elsevier.com
5. Board of Nursing (BON) School Code: US 27 1 00900, Web Site:
6. Pearson Vue Web Site: http://www.vue.com/
7. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Web Site: http://ncsbn.org/
8. National Student Nurse Association (NSNA) http://www.nsna.org/
9. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Learning Extension
10. Lamar State College – Student Handbook
11. Lamar State College Faculty Handbook
12. Lamar State College 18-19 Catalog
13. Lamar State College Port Arthur, textbook locator:
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.