Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1204- Section: 01
Foundations of Nursing
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Instructor Information
Instructor Deborah Lawson
Phone(409) 984-6360
Location:Allied Health - Room: 128
Hours:Office Hours: As posted and by appointment
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Introduction to te nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness.
Prerequisites BIO 2401 & BIO 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I         
NURA 1160 Clinical (VN 1410)                         
Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program
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 VN Program Certificate plan to graduate.
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing 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 roles and legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of a vocational nurse as a member of the health care team in a variety of health care settings. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: exams and discussions based on readings; classroom case scenarios
2. Identify characteristics of a therapeutic nurse/client relationship. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; case scenarios on professional boundaries
3. Examine positive mental health practices emphasizing cultural and spiritual diversity. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: cultural day activity; discussion
4.     Relate the history of nursing to the present day. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1)
Measured by: exams based on web research, class discussions and readings
5.     Recognize the components of the nursing process related to primary nursing
interventions. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams based on
readings; care plan activities; discussion of nursing process with each topic
6.     Explain Medical Terms related to the Healthcare System. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO
1) Measured by: exams based on med term online module assignments;
application of terminology into nursing documentation and patient
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 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 Alpha: Reading Skills – Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading materials
PSLO 1.    Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing
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 Brooks, M.L. & Brooks, D. L. (2018) Medical Terminology Online Exploring medical language (10th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby
Morrison-Valfre (2017) Foundations of Mental Health Care (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Lecture Topics
Week 1: Orientation, Syllabus, Med Term, & Stress & Coping, Health & Wellness
Week 2: Professional Integrity Testing Skills
Week 3: Time Management & Leadership Skills
Week 4: Med Term Exam I, 1204 Exam I
Week 5: Critical Thinking & Nursing Process
Week 6: Med Term Exam II, Therapeutic Communication
Week 7: Cultural Diversity/Spirituality
Week 8: Med Term Exam III, 1204 Exam II
Week 9: Med Term Exam IV
Week 10: Legal & Ethical Issues
Week 11: Growth & Development/Geriatrics
Week 12: Med Term Exam V, Foundations of Psych. Psychosocial Theories & Therapeutic Relationships
Week 13: Thanksgiving Break
Week 14: 1204 Exam III
Week 15: Med Term Final, 1204 Final Exam
Week 16:
Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator
Major Assignments
Date: 09-20-18 Med. Term 1 Time: 08:00
Date: 09-20-18 Exam I 1204 Time: 08:00
Date: 10-04-18 Med. Term 2 Time: 08:00
Date: 10-18-18 Med. Term 3 Time: 08:00
Date: 10-18-18 Exam II 1204     Time: 08:00
Date: 10-25-18 Med. Term 4 Time: 08:00
Date: 11-15-18 Med. Term 5 Time: 08:00
Date: 11-29-18 Exam III 1204 Time: 08:00
Date: 12-10-18 *Final Med. Term Time: 08:00
Date: 12-10-18 *Final Exam 1204 Time: 08:00
Final Exam Date December 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2018 - 11:00 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.    Course content from pre-requisite courses will be included on exams, as appropriate.
3.    No hat or hoodies may be worn during exams. No hats/caps/hoodies/smart watches/personal possessions other than keys, earbuds, scantron and a pencil may be brought in to the exam.
4.    No make-up unit exams are given. The numerical grade attained on the Comprehensive Final exam is substituted for any missed unit exam(s); providing the student has followed protocol in reporting absence
5.    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours post test.
6.    Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% 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.
7.    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.
8.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing, with documentation, within one (1) 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.
9.    A Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken and is weighted equivalent to two (2) unit exams.
10.     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 18%
Exam II     Grade 18%
Exam III     Grade 18%
Medical Terminology Averages Grade 10%
Final Grade 36%
Total/5 = grade
14. A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1204 independent of all other
requirements is necessary to pass the course.

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 withdrawn from the program by the program director.
3. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the
beginning of 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. If the student is unable to contact the instructor(s) 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. It is the students responsibility to submit a completed Student Excuse Form, upon the first day of return, each time the student is absent, delayed from attending or must depart early from class, clinical or lab. Failure to do so will result in a declaration of ‘No Call, No Show’ for the number of days absent and may result in the student being dismissed from the program.
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.
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 •    Lamar State College – Port Arthur (LSCPA) is a no smoking campus. Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all LSCPA properties at any time
•    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, “smart” watches, 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.
•    Students should turn their phones to vibrate before they enter the classroom.
•    No cell phones and/or smart watches allowed during class and/or exams.

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 uses of cell phones and/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 may result in 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 1 009 00, Web Site: http://www.bon.state.tx.us
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 www.learningext.com
10.    Lamar State College – Handbook https://www.lamarpa.edu/Lamar/media/Lamar/Files/LSCPA-Student-Handbook-2017-2018_1.pdf
11.    Lamar State College Faculty Handbook http://www.lamarpa.edu/Lamar/media/Lamar/Files/full-time.pdf?ext=.pdf
12.    Lamar State College 2018-2019 Catalog
13.    Lamar State College Port Arthur, textbook locator: http://www.lamarpa.edu/General/Maps/Bookstore

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