Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: RNSG-1300- Section: 01
Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
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Instructor Information
Instructor Cynthia Ford Arceneaux
Phone(409) 984-6361
Location:Allied Health - Room: 126
Hours:As posted and by appointment
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Development of skills and techniques required for a comprehensive nursing health assessment of patients across the lifespan. Includes assessment of patients' health promotion and maintenance, illness and injury prevention and restoration, and application of the nursing process within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to either a blocked or integrated approach.
Prerequisites BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and physiology.
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.
Core Objectives 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 Associate Degree Nursing. Upon completion of RNSG 1300, the student will have the opportunity to:
1. Demonstrate techniques utilized in the health assessment of individuals across the lifespan. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3)
2. Perform systematic physical assessment using appropriate equipment and techniques for all body systems. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3)
3. Utilize cognitive and psychomotor skills in assessing clients' physiologic health and psychosocial status. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3, PSLO 4)
4. Document findings utilizing appropriate terminology and legal/ethical format. (PSLO 1, PSLO 3, PSLO 4)
5. Identify legal and ethical standards related to health assessment. (PSLO1, PSLO 4)
6. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading. (PSLO Alpha, PSLO3)
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 materials.
PSLO 1.    Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse while promoting safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
PSLO 2.    Use 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 demonstrating knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.
PSLO 3.    Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based upon the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures for decision-making, demonstration of skills with patient care technologies and information systems, and providing comprehensive, safe patient care.
PSLO 4. Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based safe care that reflects the value and ethics of the nursing profession.
Textbooks Lippincott CoursePoint+
For registration and purchase of Coursepoint+ for Weber: Health Assessment 6th ed.
•    Registration directions:
•    Cost $257.00 (If you use financial aid, when you log into the website, clink the “Financial Aid Assistance” link)
•    If you experience difficulties purchasing your bundle online call Customer Service at 800-638-3030
•    This bundle includes ebook of the required text:
Weber, J., and Kelly, J. Health Assessment in Nursing, 6e. Philadelphia:
Lippincott Williams & Williams, 2018

•    Students must have access to a PC laptop or desktop with:
o    Ready access to a PC or Macintosh laptop or desktop with:
o    Windows 7or higher ; or MacOSX 10.9 or later
o    Latest version of Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome browser, and/or Internet Explorer
o    Standard browser plug-ins: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Java
o    Computer hardware less than three years old with working webcam and microphone. Recommended 4GB RAM
•    Students must have access to High Speed Internet Connection:
•    Wired DSL or Cable Broadband access
•    Wireless or Wireless Mobile Broadband connections may be used during course browsing
•    Students cannot complete a course using only a mobile device or the Blackboard Mobile App
•    Blackboard does not support browsers on mobile devices (iOS or Android)
•    Students must have access to Microsoft Office 2010 or higher.
•    Students must have access and use of a scanner
•    vSim for Nursing is an online product. To use this product, you must have access to the Internet and an up-to-date browser. Go to thepoint.lww.com/system requirements for the current system requirements for this product.

•    Contact Lippincott with any questions or technical issues regarding CoursePoint+ before contacting your instructor.
•    Support is available at : http://the point.lww.com/ContactUS
or call support at 1-800-486-1128
Lecture Topics
Week 1 08/30/2018
•    Course Orientation
•    Nurse’s role in Health Assessment - Chapter 1
•    Collecting Subjective Data - Chapter 2
•    Collecting Objective Data - Chapter 3
•    Validating and Documenting Data – Chapter 4
•    Thinking Critically to Analyze Data and Make Informed Nursing Judgments – Chapter 5
•    vSim for Nursing Student Tutorial (in lab)
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery level 5
Week 2 09/06/2018
•    Assessing Mental Status and Substance Abuse – Chapter 6
•    Assessing Psychosocial, Cognitive and Moral Development – Chapter 7
•    Assessing General Status and Vital Signs - Chapter 8
•    Assessing Pain: the 5th Vital Sign – Chapter 9
•    Assessing for Violence – Chapter 10
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 9: Edith Jacobson; Case 3 Sara Lin
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 3 09/13/2018
•    Assessing Culture – Chapter 11
•    Assessing Spirituality – Chapter 12
•    Assessing Nutritional Status – Chapter 13
•    Assessing Skin, Hair, and Nails – Chapter 14
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 1: Josephine Morrow
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 4 09/20/2018
•    Assessing Head and Neck – Chapter 15
•    Assessing Eyes – Chapter 16
•    Assessing Ears – Chapter 17
•    Assessing Mouth, Throat, Nose and Sinus – Chapter 18
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
•    Assessment Video of HEENT
Week 5 09/27/2018
•    Exam 1 – Thursday September 27, 2018, 0800 (Covers Weeks 1 – 4)
Week 6 10/04/2018
•    Assessing Thorax and Lungs – Chapter 19
•    Assessing Breasts and Lymphatic System – Chapter 20
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 2: Christopher Parrish
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
•    Assessment Video of Thorax and Lungs
Week 7 10/11/2018
•    Assessing Heart and Neck Vessels – Chapter 21
•    Assessing Peripheral Vascular System – Chapter 22
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 1: Josephine Marrow; Case 6: Mona Hernandez and Case 7: Jared Griffin
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
•    Assessment Video of Heart, Neck Vessels, and Peripheral Vascular System
Week 8 10/18/2018
•    Assessing Abdomen – Chapter 23
•    Assessing Musculoskeletal System – Chapter 24
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 4: Vernon Russel and Case 5 Marvin Hayes
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 9 10/25/2018
•    Assessing Neurological System - Chapter 25
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 8: Kim Johnson and Case 9: Edith Jacobson
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
•    Assessment Video of Neuro
Week 10 11/01/2018
Exam II – Thursday November 1, 2018 at 0800 (Covers weeks 6 -10)
Week 11 11/08/2018
•    Assessing Male Genitalia and Rectum – Chapter 26
•    Assessing Female Genitalia and Rectum – Chapter 27
•    Assessing Childbearing Women – Chapter 29
•    Assessing Newborns and Infants - Chapter 30
•    Assessing Children and Adolescents - Chapter 31
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 12 11/15/2018
•    Assessing Older Adults – Chapter 32
•    Assessing Families – Chapter 33
•    Assessing Communities – Chapter 34
•    Pulling It All Together – Chapter 28
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 9: Edith Jacobson and Case 10: Rashid Ahmed
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
•    Mandatory Integrated Physical Assessment Practice on campus or with approved MSN-prepared Observer
Week 13 11/25/2018
•    Integrated Physical Assessment Check-offs with approved MSN-prepared Observer
•    Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14 11/29/2018
•    Integrated Physical Assessment Check-offs on campus or with approved MSN-prepared Observer
•    Submit Integrated Physical Assessment Documents
•    Complete any remaining Mastery Level assignment
•    Complete any remaining vSim assignments
Week 15 12/06 /2018
•    Final Exam – December 6, 2018 Time: 0800 (Comprehensive Exam)
Week 16 12/13 /2018
•    Complete any remaining Mastery Level assignment
•    Complete any remaining vSim assignments
Major Assignments
Exam I – Thursday September 27, 2018 at 0800
Exam II – Thursday November 1, 2018 at 0800
Final Exam – Thursday December 6, 2018 at 0800.
Integrated Physical Assessment: The integrated physical assessment is the culminating assignment for the course and involves completion of a cephalocaudal physical assessment at the end of the course. Written notes, study guides, and materials should not be used during the integrated physical assessment. You will be evaluated based on the integrated physical assessment form criteria. No student written assignment is required to complete the integrated physical assessment. You are expected to complete the assessment in 75 minutes. After 75 minutes, the instructor or approved MSN prepared nurse will stop you. You are required to earn a C or better for the integrated physical assessment. Any grade below a C (75%) is considered failing. Further, the integrated physical assessment is a mandatory assignment. Failure of this assignment results in failure of the entire course regardless of the grades for other assignments.
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
A final course grade of 75% is necessary for the student to pass this course. The final course grade is calculated as follows:
Exam 1 = 20%, Exam 2 = 20%, Lab grade = 10%, Integrated Physical Assessment = 20 % and Final Exam = 30%.
Lab grade (10% of final course grade) Includes: 1. Required Mastery Level met on all PassPoint assignments (mandatory Pass/Fail assignment) 2. vSim scenarios 3. In-class activities – quizzes, discussion boards etc
PassPoint assignments. Complete all PassPoint Mastery Level assignments with required level of five (5) or higher. (mandatory Pass/Fail assignment)
vSim Assignments: These are mandatory assignments.
1. Nursing Student Tutorial must be completed.
2. Each scenario includes both pre- and post- simulation activities. The activities include: 1) Suggested Reading; 2) Pre-Simulation Quiz; 3) vSim scenario; 4) Post-Simulation Quiz; 5) Documentation Assignments; 6) Guided Reflection Questions
3. Students are required to complete the pre- and post- simulation quiz. The pre-simulation quiz is for a pass/fail grade if you completed the quiz. The post-simulation grade, first attempt, is the numerical score that will be averaged into lab grade.
4. Students are required to meet an 80% or better on the vSim scenarios. If 80% is not achieved a grade of zero will be assigned. Week 1-3 student will be allowed multiple attempts to achieve 80%. After Week 3 the first attempt must be 80% or a zero will be assigned.
Integrated Physical Assessment: You are required to earn a C or better for this Final lab assignment. The integrated physical assessment is a mandatory assignment and counts as 20% of your course grade; any grade on this assignment below a C (75%) is considered failing. Failure of this assignment results in failure of the entire course regardless of the grades for other assignments or exams. You will sign up for a time to complete your assessment with your course faculty. Faculty will complete the required documents and provide to you to submit the documents within the course in Week 16. If you are unable to complete the assessment assignment on campus you may have a MSN prepared nurse serve as your Observer. The chosen Observer must be approved by faculty, is required to complete the appropriate documents, and must submit a summary of your assessment via email to the faculty listed on the observer form before end of day on the Tuesday of the week the assignment is due (it is your responsibility to follow up and make sure they have done this). If your assignment comments are not available to the faculty by the assignment due week then you will receive a zero for the assignment and will fail the course. You will be required to submit the assignment documents within the course.
Assessment Videos: Students will submit a video clip demonstrating designated systems assessment. This is a Pass/Fail assignment. Failure to submit an appropriate video will result in an assignment grade of zero. Videos will be reviewed to ensure student is demonstrating appropriate practice towards achieving a correct assessment.

Point deductions: Late points, up to ten points per day, will be deducted if any graded assignment is submitted after the date and time due – No Exceptions.
Exams: All exams must be taken. Students will be allocated a specific amount of time for each exam. Students unable to take a scheduled exam due to an extreme emergency must notify the instructor prior to the exam. All exams should be taken in the Allied Health Computer Lab, the Student Success Center, or using an approved online proctoring service. If a makeup exam is required it must be taken in the Student Success Center. Makeup exams must be taken within 48 hours of the scheduled exam. If unable to take makeup exam within the 48 hours, the numerical grade attained on the Final exam will be substituted for missed exam. If unable to take the exam on campus, a student may be approved to take the exam using ProctorU, an online proctoring service. There is a testing fee of approximately $25 to use ProctorU. More details regarding the use of ProctorU will be provided in the course.
Examinations are based on course objectives. Course content from the biological and behavioral sciences as well as previous nursing knowledge may be included on exams, as appropriate.
Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% or more of the course 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, a student will retain the credit for the item. If a student’s answer differs from the one originally keyed, a student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies •    No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom/lab.
•    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 testing or while completing lab assignments.

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.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Policies for this course are described below:
•    Students cannot meet the objectives of the course without completing course assignments. Students put at risk their success in the course if they miss any assignment deadlines.
•    It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor if they are unable to meet an assignment deadline.
•    A student who is absent rom course activities for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.
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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.