Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1204 (Section: 1, CRN: 91453)
Foundations of Nursing
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Instructor Information
Instructor Mary Perry
Email akersml@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6370
Office Allied Health - Room: 107 III
Office Hours M-T 2-3 PM By appointment; W 8 AM-11 AM & 12 PM-3PM By appointment; F 1 PM-3PM.
Additional Contact Information Donna Wolfe, Allied Health Secretary (409) 984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872
Course Information
Description Introduction to te nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness.
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.

Introduction to the nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness.
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.
Online Medical Terminology Course from Des Moines University Free course: https://www.dmu.edu/medterms
Burton, M., Smith, (2023). Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A Davis
ISBN # 978-1-7196-4455-6
Gorman, L. Anwar, R. (2022) Mental Health Nursing (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. ISBN # 978-1-7196-4560-7
Additional Materials/Resources None
  • NURA-1160 Clinical Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Assistant/Aide
  • NURA-1160 Clinical-Nurse Assist/Aide
  • NURA-1301 Nurse Aide Hlth Care Org I
  • NURA-1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care
Learning Outcomes
In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing 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 roles and legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of a vocational nurse as a member of the health care team in a variety of health care settings. ( PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: exams and discussions based on readings; classroom case scenarios
2.         Identify characteristics of a therapeutic nurse/client relationship.  PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; case scenarios on professional boundaries
3.         Examine positive mental health practices emphasizing cultural and spiritual diversity. ( PSLO 3) Measured by: cultural day activity; discussion
4.            Relate the history of nursing to the present day. (PSLO 1)    
     Measured by: exams based on web research, class discussions and readings
5.            Recognize the components of the nursing process related to primary nursing   
     interventions. ( PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams based on  
            readings; care plan activities; discussion of nursing process with each topic
     Explain Medical Terms related to the Healthcare System. ( PSLO
     1) Measured by: exams based on med term online module assignments;
     application of terminology into nursing documentation and patient
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:  Syllabus/ Orientation: Review Syllabus & Medical Terminology program expectations,
               Stress & Coping, Health & Wellness, Professional Integrity: Review syllabus and expectations. Become familiar and know expectations for self-                 directed Medical Terminology program.  Review techniques to manage stress and coping, manage health and wellness and development of                        professional integrity
Week 2: Critical Thinking & Testing Skills: Review importance of and methods for nursing critical thinking and test taking skills
Week 3: Time Management & Leadership Skills: Review your time management skills and how to improve them, and importance of leadership skills.
Week 4: On Course workshop, Assignment to be determined

Week 5: Exam I

Week 6: Therapeutic communication Review and be familiar with different types of therapeutic communication in nursing

Week 7: Critical Reasoning & Nursing Process: Review critical reasoning and nursing process.
Week 8: Cultural Diversity: Review and be familiar with differences in cultural diversity in nursing

Week 9: Exam II
Week 10:Legal & Ethical Issues: Review various legal and ethical issues in nursing
Week 11: Foundations of Psych: Review and become familiar with various mental health issues

Week 12: Exam III

Week 14: Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15: Study, Exam Reviews

Week 16: Final Exam
Major Assignments Schedule 09/28/23 Medical Terminology Exam 1
09/28/23 1204 Exam I
10/05/23 Medical Terminology Exam 2
10/26/23 Medical Terminology Exam 3
10/26/23 1204 Exam II
11/02/23 Medical Terminology Exam 4
11/16/23 Medical Terminology Exam 5
11/16/23 1204 Exam III
12/12/23 Medical Terminology Final
12/12/23 1204 Final Exam
Final Exam Date December 12, 2023 - 12:0 PM   Through  December 12, 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                                                                          Grade 18%
Exam II                                                                         Grade 18%
Exam III                                                                        Grade 18%
Medical Terminology Averages                                    Grade 10%
FINAL                                                                           Grade 36%        
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
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 and/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 the beginning of all classes and will 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.
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 the front of the room.
I agree to 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.
Should I be unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.
The following behaviors will result in the student being asked to cease the action and/or leave the classroom:
Inappropriate and/or disruptive use of cell phones or other electronics 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 
If any of these behaviors result in the student being asked to leave the room, the student will receive a counseling note and may result in a loss of 5 points on the next exam.
Attendance Policy
Foundations of Nursing VNSG 1204 and Medical Terminology 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: 
       Because poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all
        areas of employment, attendance at all scheduled classes is expected.
1.     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.
2.     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.  
3.    It is the student’s responsibility to notify all Level 1 instructor 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.
4.     In addition to notifying instructors, students must submit a Student Excuse   
        Form, 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
        Show' for the number of days absent and may result in the student being
        dismissed from the program.
5.      Lab jackets are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab.
6.      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
1.Gates Memorial Library located at 317 Stillwell
2.  Open computer Lab-Gates Memorial Library
3.  Student Success Center building
4.  Evolve Website (HESI) School Code : 195024, Web Site: https://evolve.elsevier.com/
5.  Board of Nursing (BON) School Code: US 27 1 009 00, Web Site: http://www.bon.state.tx.us
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.   National Council of State Boards of Nursing Learning Extension www.learningext.com
12. Lamar State College Port Arthur, textbook locator: http://www.lamarpa.edu/General/Maps/Bookstore
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