Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-2410- Section: 11
Nursing in Health and Illness III
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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 Building: Allied Health Room #: Gott – AH 123, Lawson AH 128, Reyes – AH 107
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness II. Further study of medical-surgical health problems of the patient including concepts such as mental illness. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse.
Prerequisites Course Prerequisites

    VNSG 1400 & 1409 Nursing in Health and Illness I & II,
VNSG 1234 Pediatrics                            
VNSG 1261 & 1462 Clinical LVN Nursing    
To graduate from the VN program, it is required that you must complete either BCIS (1305) or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401). Students must have a minimum grade of C or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing Certificate plan to graduate.
VNSG 1463 Clinical        
Learning Outcomes Course Student Learning Outcomes

    In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 2410 Nursing in Health and Illness III 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.    Compare and contrast normal physiology of body systems to pathologic variations in the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2)) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; clinical case studies
2.    Compare and contrast diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams; clinical case studies
3.    Incorporate nutrition, drug therapy, and nursing interventions in safely implementing plans of care to meet the needs of the patient experiencing common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based scenarios; care plan activities; case studies; case studies; clinical simulations
4.    Utilize the nursing process in safely caring for the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha’ PSLO 2; PSLO 4) Measured by: care plan activities; class and clinical discussion; case studies based on readings
5.    Identify mental illness, treatment of common abnormal patterns of behavior, and related nursing interventions. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams based on readings; class discussions; clinical interactions; case studies
6.    Demonstrate competency in medication administration and dosage calculations.(PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: medication competency exam; observed medication administration in skills lab and clinical; discussions
7.    Describe the underlying principles of selected nursing skills using principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussions; based on readings; skills check-offs; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions
8.    Demonstrate satisfactory performance of selected nursing skills using evidenced-based principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: skills check-offs; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions; discussions and clinical application of current practice in nursing based on online and in-class readings
9.    Utilize learned skills and knowledge for transition from student to graduate vocational nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: standardized and unit exams based on readings and discussions; clinical skills check-offs in lab and clinical setting; patient, family and healthcare team interactions; clinical observations and evaluations; case studies
10.    Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities inherent in the role of the vocational nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: exams over comprehension of nurse practice act, current literature and class discussions; interactions in clinical setting
11. Identify priorities of care according to the patient’s condition. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: class and clinical case study discussions; prioritization exercises and exam objectives; care plan activities; simulations
Core Objectives Reading: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
Writing: Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Speaking: Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Listening: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.
Critical Thinking 1: Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.
Critical Thinking 2: Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.
Computer Literacy 1: Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.
Computer Literacy 2: Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.
Intercultural Competence 1: Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.
Intercultural Competence 2: Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.
Intercultural Competence 3: Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.
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.     Functions within the Scope of Practice for a Vocational Nurse.
PSLO 2.     Demonstrates safe, direct patient care with individuals who have predictable health care needs.
PSLO 3.     Exhibits professional nursing behaviors.
PSLO 4.     Cooperates with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide evidence-based care.

Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Williams, Linda, Hopper, Paula, (2019) Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (6th ed.).Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN # 9780803668980
Hopper, Paula, Williams, Linda, (2019) Study Guide for Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #978080366900
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
ISBN # 9780803669062
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9780803669079
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care (1st ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803624948
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and
Pediatric Nursing Care (1st ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis
ISBN #9780803624955
Doenges, Marilyn E., Moorhouse, Mary Frances, Murr, Alice C., (2019).Nurse’s
Pocket Guide-Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales (15th
ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9780803676442
Van Leeuwen, Anne M., Bladh, Mickey Lynn, (2019). Comprehensive Manual of
Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (8thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Vallerand, April Hazard, Sanoski, Cynthia A., (2019). Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
(16thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Cuellar, Tina, (2018) HESI Comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Exam
(5th ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier
Online HESI Case Studies: Complete PN Collection (2 Year Version)
Swiftriver Online-Purchase information to follow
NCLEX® PN Pass Point: Please note: No other NCLEX® PN Review will be accepted. You must use the NCLEX® PN Pass Point access code provided to you for this class.
Pass Point access code for this VNSG 2410 Class: 72FA20ED
Davis Edge: log in with school email and use access code: 5F34533729
Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Review 2410 Syllabus, Central Line Lecture
Week 2: Central Line Practice & Check Off, Respiratory Lecture, Math Exam #1, BON Info & Paperwork, PassPoint Resiratory due 8/30 Study Guides due 8/30
Week 3: Math Exam #2, Documentation, Nursing Process, Case Study Review, Math Exam #3, VNSG 2410 Exam #1
Week 4: Cardiac Lecture #1, Study Guides due 9/20
Week 5: Cardiac Lecture #2, Study Guides due 9/27, PassPoint Cardio due 9/27
Week 6: Mental Health #1, PassPoint Assignment Anxiety Due 10/4, Eye & Ear Lecture, Study Guides due 10/11
Week 7: VNSG 2410 Exam #2, Jurisprudence/TPAPN, Study Guides due 10/25
Week 8: Cognitive, Dissociative, Personality, Schizophrenia, Chronic MH Disorders Lecture, PassPoint assignment due 11/1
Week 9: Neurology Lecture #1 and #2, Study Guides due 11/8, PassPoint Neurosensory due 11/8
Week 10: VNSG 2410 Exam #3
Week 11: Urinary/Renal System Lecture, Trach Care and Suction Lecture, PassPoint Genitourinary due 11/22, Study Guides due 11/22
Week 12: REACH HESI Practie Exam
Week 13: Substance Abuse, Violence & Abuse, PassPoint Substance Abuse, etc. due 11/29, Hematology & Lymphatic Systems Lecture, Passpoint Immune/Hematology due 11/29 , Study Guides due 11/29
Week 14: VNSG 2410 Exam #4, Hurst Review
Week 15: VNSG 2410 Final Exam/REACH (HESI)
Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator
Major Assignments

Date: 09/17/20 Exam I Time: 0800
Date: 10/12/20 Exam II Time: 0800
Date: 11/02/20 Exam III Time: 0800
Date: 11/30/20 Exam IV Time: 0800
Date: 12/09/20 Reach Final exam Time: TBA
Pass Point assignments are due on an ongoing basis as scheduled.

Final Exam Date December 9, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 9, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 74-60 = D 59 or Below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
1.    Examinations are based on course objectives.
2.    Course content from the pre-requisite courses will be included on exams as appropriate.
3.    ALL unit exams MUST be taken.
4.    Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. No questions may be asked during the exam. No hat or hoodies may be worn during exams. No hats/caps/hoodies/smart watches/personal possessions other than keys, earbuds, and a pencil may be brought in to the exam.
5.    A specified amount of time will be set for testing. Test times for exams will be set up for 70-80 seconds per question, depending upon the complexity of the exam question. At the end of the allotted time, the computer will not record any further answers.
6.    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 (24) hours of the exam. A “no-call/no-show” for an exam will result in a grade of “0”.
7.    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours post-test.
8.    If a student scores less than a 75 on a unit examination, the student is required to make an appointment with an instructor within one week following the exam. At that time the student will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations. If a student, who scores less than “75” on a unit exam, fails to review with an instructor, 5 points may be deducted from the next unit examination.
9.    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. 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.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented within 48 hours 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.
11.    The Reach HESI exam is given as the final exam for VNSG 2410. A student must have a 74.5 average on the 4 unit exams in order to take final exam. All unit exams must be taken. Completion of the Reach HESI Exam with a prediction score of 900 or greater indicates that the student has a high probability of passing the NCLEX-PN.
The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the

BON & Pearson VUE Registration/Payment-Pass/Fail Assignment
Exam I     13.75% Grade
Exam II    13.75% Grade
Exam III    13.75% Grade
Exam IV     13.75% Grade
Computer, Daily Assignments 5% Grade

= 60% of Grade
REACH conversion score (VNSG 2410 Final) = 40% of Grade

A minimum average of 75%, independent of all other requirements, is necessary to pass the course.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students attending classroom, lab or clinical sessions virtually should exhibit appropriate etiquette to include at a minimum: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life; Respect faculty and peers time by being on time to scheduled exams, sessions and activities; and Present yourself in a professional manner.
Required assignments and specific dates for work to be turned in must be met by the student. Unless turned in by the deadline there will be a drop in grade for lateness. Previous arrangements between the student and instructor for late work may allow for a reduced late point penalty. Grammar and sentence structure, spelling, legibility, neatness and following directions as to organization are related to acceptable quality in both written and oral assignments. Written work is expected to follow the most current American Psychological Association (APA) format.
Student should respect the instructor’s office hours of 0800-1500 (unless an emergency arises) and understand that cell phones are used to contact the instructor during clinical hours only for clinical purposes. All other means of communication will be through the Lamar email system.
Should I be unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.
Attendance Policy This class will be a hybrid class and will consist of online and in-class lectures, labs and assignments.
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. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence. If the student is missing a clinical, classroom or lab day, s/he must notify the faculty.
3. Students are expected to attend all online course sessions that occur during scheduled course times. These sessions will be scheduled in advance and may have activities during the live session that result in a grade. Students who do not attend are counted as absent and will not have the opportunity to make up any missed assignment during the live class session.
4. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any absence or delay from scheduled activities
PRIOR to scheduled class sessions. 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 student’s responsibility to submit a completed ‘student excuse form’
upon return to class following an absence, tardy, or leaving class early. Failure
to do so will result in a declaration of ‘no call, no show’ and may result in the
student being dismissed from the program.
6. Lab jackets are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab.
7. Simulation/Computer Lab Assignments are mandatory. Failure to attend will
result in Additional assignments.

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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Other I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.