Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: RNSG-1300- Section: 01
Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
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Instructor Information
Instructor Julie Stamey
Phone(409) 984-6373
Location:Allied Health - Room: 112
Hours:Monday 8 - 12; Tuesday 8 - 12; Wednesday 12 - 3; Thursday 8 - 12; Friday 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 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)
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.

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 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:
    Ready access to a PC or Macintosh laptop or desktop with:
    Windows 7or higher ; or MacOSX 10.9 or later
    Latest version of Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome browser, and/or Internet Explorer
    Standard browser plug-ins: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Java
    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
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
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
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
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
Week 13 11/25/2018
    Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14 11/29/2018
    Integrated Physical Assessment Check-offs
    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 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
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
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 will be completed in lab.
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.
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 will be taken in the Allied Health Computer Lab or if a makeup exam is required it will 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.
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 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 the Office for Disability Services 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.