Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-2410 (Section: 1, CRN: 91503)
Nursing in Health and Illness III
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Instructor Information
Instructor Deborah Lawson
Email lawsondg@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6360
Office Allied Health - Room: 128
Office Hours M-F 8-3 or by appointment
Additional Contact Information Donna Wolfe Allied Health Secretary (409) 984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872
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.
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.

Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2021). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.).
Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN # 9780803697348
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2021). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803697362
Williams, Linda, Hopper, Paula, (2023) Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (7th ed.) Philadelphia:
F.A. Davis ISBN # 978-1-7196-4458-7
Williams, Linda, Hopper, Paula, (2023). Study Guide for) Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (7th ed.) Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN # 978-1-7196-4459-4
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2023). Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9781719644563
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2023). Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN # 978-1-7196-4455-6
Zerwekh, Jo Ann (2022) Study Guide for the NCLEX-PNEXAM ((9th ed.) Elsevier ISBN 978-0-323-76002
Doenges, Marilyn E., Moorhouse, Mary Frances, Murr, Alice C., (2022). Nurse's Pocket Guide-Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales (16th ed.). Philadelphia:
F.A. Davis ISBN #978-1-7196-4307-8
Van Leeuwen, Anne M., Bladh, Mickey Lynn, (2021). Comprehensive Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (9th.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN#9781719640589
Vallerand, April Hazard, Sanoski, Cynthia A., (2022). Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses (18th ed.). 
Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN# 9781719646406
Myers, Ehren (2020) LPN Notes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide (5th ed). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
ISBN# 9780803699748
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 21st ed (2021) Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN# 9781719642859
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*Students are required to pay for Texas Board of Nursing Fees and Pearson View Fees promptly in order to graduate
Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed. Anyone repeating MUST join the new class.

Additional Materials/Resources

  • 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussions; based on readings; skills checkoffs; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions
8. Demonstrate satisfactory performance of selected nursing skills using evidenced-based principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: skills checkoffs; 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 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: standardized and unit exams based on readings and discussions; clinical skills checkoffs 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 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

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. 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
Week 1:Review 2410 Syllabus/Objectives/Central Line Dressing Change/Central Line Practice/Central Line Checkoff
Week 2:Cardiac Lecture/BON Paperwork 
Week 3: 2410 Exam 1/Cardiac (cont’d)/Personality, Schizophrenia/Eye-Ear/Pass point Due 09/14 @ 2330
Week 4:  Renal Lecture
Week 5: Jurisprudence/TPAPN/Teaching Projects #1-2
Week 6: Neurology Lecture/Computer Assignments
Week 7:Substance Abuse & Violence Lecture/Teaching Projects #3-4
Week 8:2410 Exam 2/Teaching Projects #5-6/Computer Assignments/Pass point due 10/15 @2330
Week 9:Respiratory Lecture/Computer Assignments
Week 10:Dementia/Delirium Lecture/Computer Assignments
Week 11: 2410 Exam 3/Teaching Projects #9-10/ Pass point Due 11/5 @ 2330
Week 12: Hematology/Computer Assignments
Week 13:Anxiety-Mood Disorder Lecture/Computer Assignment-Activity
Week 14: Final Skills Check-off &Evaluation/Mandatory Hurst Review
Week 15:Professionalism Day/Final Evaluation/2410 FINAL EXAM/Pass point due 12/07@2330
Week 16: HESI Exam/Pinning Ceremony

Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator

Major Assignments Schedule
Date: 09/15/23   Exam I                                        Time: 1200 PM
Date: 10/16/23   Exam II                                      Time: 8:00 AM
Date: 11/6/23   Exam III                                      Time: 8:00 AM
Date: 12/08/23   FINAL                                       Time: 8:00 AM
Date: 12/11/23   HESI exam                              Time: 12:00 PM


Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator

Final Exam Date December 11, 2023 - 12:0 PM   Through  December 11, 2023 - 3:0 PM
Grading Scale
90-100 = A        80-89 = B        75-79 = C        74-60 = D     Below 60 = F

Determination of
Final Grade
Registration and Payment of Fees for Required resources are considered as a Pass or Fail Assignment. If the student does not register and pay for these at the scheduled time, the student will receive a 0 on the assignment.

The following method will be used to determine each student grade in the course:

Purchase of Required Resources by Deadlines Pass/Fail Assignment (example, BON fees)

Daily/Computer Work      5% Grade

Exam I                                18.3% Grade

Exam II                               18.3% Grade

Exam III                              18.4% Grade

FINAL                                  30 % Grade


HESI Conversion score = 10% of Grade

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
Attendance Policy
Nursing in Health and Illness VNSG 2410 and the clinical component of this course may consist of online & in class lectures, labs, and assignments.  Schedules may be changed at the discretion of the faculty and vocational nursing coordinator.All attendance policies are in effect whether conducted online or in the classroom setting. 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 the 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 (3 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 result in a 5-point deduction from the next
        exam grade.  
4.    It is the student’s responsibility to notify all Level 3 instructors 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.     In addition to notifying instructors, students must submit a Student Excuse  
, 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
        complete the Student Excuse Form will result in a declaration of a ‘No Call, no
for the number of days absent 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 a Zero for that assignment.   
                 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 making it inadvisable for that student to continue in the program.

Additional Information See Addendum
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