Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1231 (Section: 1, CRN: 91455)
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eursula Davis
Email davise1@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6364
Office Allied Health - Room: 123
Office Hours
M, T 1-3:30 pm by appointment only; W-R 3-4 pm, F 2-3 pm
Additional Contact Information Allied Health Secretary, Donna Wolfe (409) 984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872
Course Information
Description Fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects. Includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process.
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.

Ford, Susan M. (2022) Roach’s Introductory Clinical Pharmacology w/ access (12th ed.)   Lippincott: ISBN: 9781975163730

Ford, Susan M. (2022) Roach’s Introductory Clinical Pharmacology (12th ed.) Study Guide  Lippincott: ISBN: 9781975163761

Zerwech, JoAnn (2021) Mosby’s Pharmacology Memory Notecards: Visual, Pneumonic and Memory Aids for Nurses (6th ed.) Elsevier ISBN: 9780323661911

(Not Required) Ford, Susan M. (2022) Roach’s Introductory Clinical Pharmacology w/ access (12th ed.) EBOOK Lippincott: ISBN: 9781975163754

Note: These books are part of the Barnes and Noble First Day Course Material
Additional Materials/Resources Lippincott Coursepoint Learning Resource ISBN: 9781975186883
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1231 Pharmacology 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 properties, effects, and principles of pharmacotherapeutic agents; and list common nursing interventions
      associated with the various pharmacotherapeutic agents. (PSLO 3)

2.    Explain the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in administering pharmacological agents. (PSLO 1) 
3.    Identify contraindicated medications or treatments. (PSLO 2; PSLO 3)

4.    Describe therapeutic and nontherapeutic reactions to medications. (PSLO 2; PSLO 3)

5.    Withhold medications to minimize potential complications (e.g., adverse reactions, toxicity, electrolyte imbalances,etc.).
        (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)

6.    Relate therapeutic blood levels to effectiveness of treatment. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2)

7.    Assist in evaluating extent to which drug therapy meets patient’s needs. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)

8.    Assist in evaluation and control of side effects of medications. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
9.    Collect data related to the patient’s need for medications prescribed PRN (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)

10.  Monitor for interactions between drugs, food, and fluids administered to the patient. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)

11.  Review appropriate use of non-prescription/OTC medications. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
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 1. Function within the scope of practice for a Vocational Nurse.

PSLO 2. Demonstrates safe, direct patient care with individuals who have predictable
               healthcare needs.

PSLO 3. Exhibits professional nursing behaviors.

PSLO 4. Cooperates with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide
               evidence-based care.
Lecture Topics Outline

Course SyllabusCourse Point Access and Resource Overview: Review and provide opportunities to discuss expectations of course as described in course syllabus. Review and provide opportunities to discuss expectations of Course Point Learning resource, including purchase/access information.

Unit 1, Nursing Foundation of Clinical Pharmacology: Review and learn to apply general principles of Pharmacology with various populations of clients; including medication administration and client teaching.

Unit 2, Drugs for Infection: Discuss uses, adverse reactions, lifespan considerations, nursing assessments and interventions associated with various anti-infective medications.

Unit 3, Drugs for Pain Management: Discuss uses, adverse reactions, lifespan considerations, nursing assessments and interventions associated with various medications for pain management.

Units 4, 5, and 6, Drugs of the Central, Peripheral and Neuromuscular NS: Discuss uses, adverse reactions, lifespan considerations, nursing assessments and interventions associated with medications affecting Central, Peripheral and Neuromuscular Nervous system. 

Units 7-8, Drugs of the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems: Discuss uses, adverse reactions, lifespan considerations, nursing assessments and interventions associated with medications affecting the Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems.

Units 9-10, Drugs of the Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Systems: Discuss uses, adverse reactions, lifespan considerations, nursing assessments and interventions associated with medications affecting the Gastrointestinal and Endocrine systems.

Units 11-12, Drugs for the Urinary and Immune Systems: Discuss uses, adverse reactions, lifespan considerations, nursing assessments and interventions associated with specific medications that are used in the treatment of urinary and immunological disorders.
Major Assignments Schedule

          Week 1: Orientation, Syllabus, Course Point Access and Resource Overview, Unit 1, Nursing Foundation of Clinical Pharmacology

·         Week 2: Unit 2, Drugs for Infection

·         Week 3: Unit 3, Drugs for Pain Management

·         Week 4: Assignment and/or Project Due (TBA)

·         Week 5: Exam I

·         Week 6: Unit 4 Drugs of the Central NS

·         Week 7: Units 5 and 6 Peripheral and Neuromuscular NS

·         Week 8: Continue Units 5 and 6 Peripheral and Neuromuscular NS

·         Week 9: Exam II

·         Week 10: Units 7 & 8, Drugs of the Respiratory & Cardiovascular Systems

·         Week 11: Unit 8, Continue Drugs of the Cardiovascular System

·         Week 12: Exam III

·         Week 13: Happy Thanksgiving

·         Week 14: Unit 9, Drugs of the Gastrointestinal System

·         Week 15: Units 10, Drugs of the Endocrine System

·         Week 16: Final Exam
Final Exam Date December 13, 2023 - 12:0 PM   Through  December 13, 2023 - 3:0 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A        80-89 = B        75-79 = C        60-74 = D      Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I                                                                                  15 %
Exam II                                                                                 15 %
Exam III                                                                                15 %
Final Exam                                                                           15 %
Assignments/Projects                                                           40 %

Final Course Average                                                         Grade 

A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1231 independent of all other requirements is necessary to pass the
course. No grades will be rounded until the final course average; this includes weighted exam average.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
  • Lamar State College – Port Arthur (LSCPA) is a no smoking campus. Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all LSCPA properties at any time. This includes all clinical facilities.
  • 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 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 all classes on campus or virtually and 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. Pre-course assignments may be required for admission into class.
    • 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 faculty in charge of the classroom, clinical or lab time.
    • I agree to actively 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.
    The following behaviors may result in the student being asked to cease the action, lose five (5) points on the next exam, and/or leave the classroom session:
    • Inappropriate and/or disruptive use of cell phones 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; disruptive behaviors in the classroom, skills/simulation lab, computer lab, testing environment, or clinical setting
    If any of these behaviors result in the student being asked to leave the classroom or lab environment, the student will receive a counseling note and a loss of 5 points on the next exam.
    Should I be unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.
Attendance Policy harmacology VNSG 1231 may consist of online & in class lectures, labs, and assignments.  Schedules may be changed at the discretion of the Faculty and Vocational Nursing Coordinator. Research has shown a cause-and-effect relationship between attendance and college success.  All attendance policies are in effect regardless of whether conducted online or in the classroom setting. 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 online class sessions is expected.
2.       A student who is absent from course activities for more than three (3) days without notification to faculty may be dropped from the program by the Program Director. Students on campus but not in class are considered absent. Students who do not  attend scheduled live virtual activities will be counted absent.

3.       Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the beginning of the 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. A student who is tardy three (3) times in one class will receive the result of a 5-point deduction from the next exam grade.
4.       It is the student’s responsibility to notify all Level 1 instructors 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.       In addition to notifying an instructor, students must submit a Student Excuse Formupon the first day of return, each time the student is absent, delayed from attending or departs early from class, clinical or lab. Failure to complete the Student Excuse Form will result in a declaration of a ‘No Call, No Show’ for the number of days absent and may result in the student being dismissed from the program.
7.   Class is scheduled to begin at Noon on Wednesdays unless otherwise stated.
The Program Director or Department Chair 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.
RULE 213.27 Good Professional Character:

(a) Good professional character is the integrated pattern of personal, academic and occupational behaviors which, in the judgment of the Board, indicates that an individual is able to consistently conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the Nursing Practice Act, the Board's rules and regulations, and generally accepted standards of nursing practice including, but not limited to, behaviors indicating honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability, and integrity.

Available Support Services:
1.   Gates Memorial Library located at 317 Stillwell: LSCPA - Gates Memorial Library (lamarpa.edu)
2.   Open computer Lab-Gates Memorial Library
3.   Excelencia Center in Ruby Fuller Building: LSCPA - Pathway to Excellence (lamarpa.edu)
4.   Evolve Website (HESI) School Code : 195024, Web Site: https://evolve.elsevier.com
5.   Board of Nursing (BON) School Code: US 27 1 00900, Web Site:
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.   International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS)
10. Lamar State College – Student Handbook  
11. Lamar State College Faculty Handbook   
12. Lamar State College 23-24 Catalog
      Lamar State College Port Arthur Catalogs - SmartCatalog 
13. Lamar State College Port Arthur, textbook locator: 
14. Timely Care: Lamar State College Port Arthur is now partnered with TimelyCare to deliver a new virtual health and well-being platform for students. TimelyCare is a virtual health and well-being platform available 24/7 for Lamar State College Port Arthur students. Any enrolled student can use TimelyCare. There is no cost to students. Go to timelycare.com/LSCPA or download the TimelyCare app to access care.

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 diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 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