Fall 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1463 (Section: 11, CRN: 90384)
Clinical-Licensed Practical-Vocational Nurse Training
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Instructor Information
Instructor Yecenia Rangel
Email munguiavargasy@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6375
Office Allied Health - Room: 107-4
Office Hours Office: Room# 107- IV
Building: Allied Health
Office Hours: By Appointment (M, T, W 8:00 AM- 3:00PM)
Additional Contact Information Donna Wolfe, Allied Health Secretary (409) 984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872
Course Information
Description A Health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional
Required 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, (2021). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care   
              (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. DavisISBN #9780803624948
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2021). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and   
              Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. DavisISBN #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 (16th
              ed.). 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 (1 Year Version)

  • Course ID: 10373_jgott12_1001
Swiftriver Online- The invitation code for Fall 2022 Level 3: AC8D9EB7
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 1463 class: 4ACEA20A
                                                                        VNSG 2410 class: 3190C8A1
                                                                         VNSG 1230 class: F654CC19
Davis Edge Class Code C028987679 (this product must be purchased)
Please Note!Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are enrolled in the proper courses for PassPoint, Evolve HESI, and SwiftRiver. 
              Instructors will not accept grade submissions turned in from a previous course.
Additional Materials/Resources None.
  • VNSG-1204 Foundations of Nursing
  • VNSG-1234 Pediatrics
  • VNSG-1261 Clinical (LPN Training)
  • VNSG-1261 Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • VNSG-1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I
  • VNSG-1409 Nursing in Health and Illness II
  • VNSG-1462 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Learning Outcomes 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: 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.
Lecture Topics Outline VNSG 1463 Clinical – Thursday- Friday
Clinical Orientation Friday 9/16/22
Week 1 – Thurs-Friday 9/22-23
Week 2 – Thurs-Friday 9/29-30
Week 3 – Thurs-Friday 10/6-8
Week 4 – Thurs-Friday 10/13-14
Week 5 – Thurs-Friday 10/20-21
Week 6 – Thurs-Friday 10/27-28
Week 7 – Thurs-Friday 11/3-4
Week 8 – Thurs-Friday 11/10-11
Assignments due according to clinical master schedule and instructor assigned schedule.
Mid-Term and Final Clinical Evaluations by appointment                
Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator
Major Assignments Schedule Medication Competency (Average)   
Computer/Virtual Assignments                        
Medical-Surgical Case Study            
OB Case Study                                        
L&D Objectives
Newborn objectives                              
Post-Partum Objectives                                                                
Mental Health Analysis                   
Resume/Professional Attire                 
Clinical Portfolio                                                                                    
Objectives Not Met in Previous Level
If the student is repeating level 3, they must do all level 3 objectives again.
Please attach the objectives graded from previous semester for instructor review.
Final Exam Date December 5, 2022 - 12:00 PM   Through  December 5, 2022 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90-100 = A        80-89 = B        75-79 = C        60-74 = D      Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work/computer assignments which is given a numerical grade and (2) Clinical performance which is graded as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). 
A student must achieve a minimum average of 74.5% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance and required lab assignments to pass the course.   Rubrics will be utilized by the instructor for grading assignments, case studies, and objectives. All clinical work is required to be turned in on the due date.
Late assignment submissions will incur a late point penalty.  It is the student’s responsibility to review late policies for each assignment.  Previous arrangements between the student and instructor for late work may allow for a reduced late point penalty, but all late submissions will have a late penalty deducted.  Refer to each individual course syllabus for any variations from the late penalty deductions. 

  • In most cases, the late penalty will be:
    • a deduction of 5 points if turned in 1 day after the assignment due date.  Another 5 points will be deducted if the assignment is turned in 2 days after the assignment due date.  If the assignment is turned in 3 days late, a 10-point penalty will be deducted.  Any assignment submitted after 3 days will be assigned a "0" for the assignment.
Students with an unsatisfactory for clinical performance will receive a grade of “F” for the course regardless of the numerical grade on the written work. 
The student must pass a written medication administration competency evaluation with a minimum score of 90.  The student will have three opportunities to achieve a minimum score of 90.  Students who do not achieve a minimum score of 90 on the third medication administration evaluation may not be allowed to continue in course, VNSG 1463, and may be unable to complete required clinical objectives.  Therefore, the student may be unable to successfully pass the course. The students’ Medication Administration Exam grade for VNSG 1463 will be averaged by the number of attempts taken to pass the test. i.e.: 1, 2 or 3
Clinical evaluations are completed twice each semester. Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate competent patient care, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times when in the clinical area.  Evaluations are done by the clinical instructor with input from staff at affiliating agency, patients and others as appropriate.  Students will sign the evaluation.  Their signature attests to the fact that the evaluation conference occurred.  It does not signify agreement with the evaluation.  Students are given an opportunity to comment in writing on the evaluation.  A student's unsatisfactory mid-semester clinical evaluation while in the program permits continuation in the program with continued emphasis on upgrading deficiencies.  The student's unsatisfactory clinical evaluation at the end of the semester results in a clinical course grade of "U" and prohibits further continuation in the program.
     Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) in clinical and achieve a 75-course grade in the mandatory co-requisite course to progress in the program. Students who fail VNSG 2410 Nursing in Health and Illness III and/or VNSG 1230 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing and repeat the Course(s) may also be required to repeat the clinical co-requisite course.
All courses listed in a given semester of the program must be completed prior to progressing to the next semester.  Each didactic and co-requisite clinical course, as listed for each semester, is a prerequisite for the nursing courses listed in the subsequent semester(s), and must be satisfactorily completed prior to graduating from the nursing program.
Students are required to complete written objectives prior to reporting to newborn, post-partum and labor & delivery.  Failure to do so will result in a zero “0” and the student being sent home and counted as clinically absent.  This may result in a failure in VNSG 1463.
Case Study packet and Objectives for specialty areas may be found in the Level III clinical notebook.  Case studies and written assignments are to be turned in as determined by instructor.  Assignments will be given to and graded by the instructor to whom the student is assigned on due date.
Requirements for Level III clinical are: One (1) Medical-Surgical case study, One (1) Post-Partum/OB Case Study, Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum, Newborn and Mental Health Analysis, and Pass Point/HESI/Swift River and/or Computer assignments.  Other assignments include but are not limited to: Professional/Resume/Attire Day, clinical portfolio, virtual clinical assignments, and medication competency.   It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are enrolled in the proper courses for Pass Point, Evolve HESI, and Swift River.  Instructors will not give credit for submissions turned in from a previous course.
Case Study/Objectives Grading criteria:
Rubrics will be utilized by the instructor for grading the case studies and objectives. Any section of the case study rubric that the student receives a ‘0’ (zero) in must be corrected for the student to receive the assigned grade. Corrections must be completed within one week of receiving the case study from the instructor. If the case study is not returned in one week with corrections, a ‘0’ (zero) will be given for the case study.  If a student scores less than 75 on a case study, the student must meet with the faculty to determine strategies to improve performance on subsequent case studies.
The course grade is determined as follows:

  1. Medication Competency (Average)                       grade
  2. Computer Assignments                                          grade
  3. Medical-Surgical Case Study                                grade
  4. OB Case Study (HESI)                                          grade
  5. L&D Objectives                                                     grade
  6. Post-Partum Objectives                                          grade
  7. Newborn Objectives                                               grade
  8. Mental Health Analysis                                          grade
  9. Resume/Professional Attire                                    grade
  10. Clinical Portfolio                                                    grade
  11. Objectives Not Met in Previous Level                   grade
(ex: radiology, physical therapy)                      
Students must have a 75 average and a satisfactory rating on the clinical evaluation tool to pass the course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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.

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 decrease 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. (See Determination of Final Grade section listed above)

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 clinical is expected.
  2. Clinical Orientation is MANDATORY for all students.  Students who do not attend clinical orientation may not be allowed to attend clinical and may be dismissed from the program. 
  3. A student who is absent from clinical for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program director.A student who is absent from clinical without notification to faculty, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
  4. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence or delay from scheduled activities for class or clinical.  If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty and that s/he is unable to attend clinical.  Each clinical instructor will provide contact information for the student to reach their clinical instructor; the student can call and leave a message if the instructor does not answer.  If the student is unable to contact the instructor, the student should call 409-984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872, ext. 6356 and leave a message.  Also, the student may email their clinical instructor.
Assignments for absence(s) are as follows and will be due before 0600 on the next clinical day:
#1. Scheduled Clinical Make Up Day Thursday 12/1/22
#2. Care Plan, HESI Case Studies (to be assigned), 265-Item Pass Point Quiz, Swift River Online Assignment
#3. Care Plan, Nursing Journal and Elderly Objectives (rubric in Level 1 Clinical Notebook) three (3) 50 item Pass Point quizzes
#4. Student will meet with the LSCPA Vocational Nursing Standards Committee to determine a plan of action
       Students who arrive greater than 15 minutes after assigned clinical time will be given a verbal warning and may not be allowed to remain.  Students who arrive after assigned clinical time on two (2) occasions will receive a written counseling note and will not be allowed to remain.  If the student is sent home s/he will be counted absent from clinical and must complete the make-up assignment.

  1. Students must be present the entire clinical day, including pre and post conference to get credit for their attendance.
  2. Since clinical is such an important component of the VN Program, students are required to attend 100 percent of the scheduled clinical days in any given semester.An assignment will be required if the student is absent from clinical.  These assignments will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating only.  A satisfactory rating is required for all make up work for missed clinical time. The additional assignments for missed clinical days will not be counted towards the clinical grade average.  Any student who misses any clinical days in a semester may receive an unsatisfactory (U) in the clinical course and be required to repeat both the didactic and clinical courses.  Absence of the required clinical days necessitates the Standards Committee to review the student’s performance in the VN Program.  Students may be allowed to continue in clinical IF they:
    1. Have a 75-test average in the didactic course
    2. Have satisfactory written work in the clinical course
    3. Are up-to-date on skills check-offs in clinical prior to the most recent absence.
Students will be required to do additional written work to continue in clinical.  Students who do not meet the above criteria may be dismissed for the semester.

  1. Any student who is “no call, no show” for clinical demonstrates a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct.  Therefore, s/he may fail clinical that semester and must repeat both the clinical and didactic courses to progress in the program.  The only possible exception is if a student is physically unable to call the faculty.
  2. Students may be required to attend seminars or workshops to meet clinical objectives.  Students will be informed in advance of the requirements.  They are expected to attend the entire workshop as scheduled even if it extends past the regularly scheduled clinical time.
  3. The clinical instructor keeps an attendance record.  Any student who is not sure about his/her status should meet with the instructor by appointment.
  4. Students are expected to attend clinical in FULL CLINICAL ATTIRE; including approved clinical dress (scrubs, with appropriate shoes, lab jacket) as well as required accessories. Students not adhering to dress codes; as described in Student Handbook may be sent home by the Instructor. This will count as a clinical absence.
  5. The program director has the right to initiate the administrative withdrawal of any student whose attendance, conduct, scholastic abilities, attitude or lack of aptitude for vocational nursing makes it inadvisable for that student to continue in the program.
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
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.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365