VNSG-1400-02 - Nursing in Health-Illness I
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
VNSG-1400-02 - Nursing in Health-Illness I
|Instructor||Brown, Carolyn G.|
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|Course Description||Introduction to the general principles of growth and development, primary health care needs of the client across the lifespan and therapeutic interventions.|
BIO 2401 & BIO 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I
NURA 1160 Clinical (VN 1410)
To graduate from the VN program it is required that you must complete either, BCIS 1305 or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) within five years from point of graduation. Students must have a minimum grade of C or better in every course that applies to the VN certificate plan to graduate.
1. deWitt, C & O’Neil, P. (2014). Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing (4th ed.) St. Louis:Saunders Elsevier
2. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (22nd ed.). (2013). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
3. Morrison-Valfre (2013) Foundations of Mental Health Care (5th ed.) St. Louis: Mosby.
PrepU NCLEX® PN Review 5,000: Please note: No other NCLEX® PN Review will be accepted. You must use the NCLEX® PN Review 5,000 access code provided to you for this course.
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 faculty may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.
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 ‘no call, no show’ for an exam may result in a “0” for the grade.
4. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the 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.
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. Students who arrive after an exam starts, but before it ends, may take the exam without penalty. They are given no additional time.
7. Lab jackets are required for attendance and participation in the skills lab.
|Course Grading Scale||
90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
|Determination of Final Grade||
1. Examinations are based on course objectives.
2. Course content from pre-requisite courses will be included on exams, as appropriate.
3. Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. If a student must miss an exam, the student must contact the instructor prior to the exam or within twenty-four (24) hours of the exam. No make-up unit exams are given. The numerical grade attained on the Comprehensive Final exam is substituted for any missed unit exam(s).
4. A specified amount of time will be set for testing. No questions may be asked during the exams. No hats/caps/hoodies may be worn during exams. 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 and should come in quietly taking the first available seat.
5. 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. When an item is nullified, the key is changed so that all answers are credited as correct. 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.
6. Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours post test.
7. If a student scores less than a “75” on a unit examination, the student is required to make an appointment with an instructor prior to the next examination. At that time, the student and instructor will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations.
8. Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing, with documentation, within one (1) week 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.
9. The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken. The Final exam grade will be
weighted equivalent to two (2) unit exams.
10. The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I Grade
Exam II Grade
Exam III Grade
Exam IV Grade
Exam V Grade
Standardized Exam Grade
11. Students must have a 70% average or greater on exams by October 7, 2015 in VNSG 1400 to participate in VNSG 1261 clinical.
12. A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1400 independent of all other requirements is necessary to pass the course.
13. A mandatory comprehensive standardized examination (REACH) is administered at the end of the semester prior to the final exam and is weighted equivalent to one unit exam. The cost of the exam is about $30 and it is the student’s responsibility to pay at the business office at least 24 hours prior to the test.
|Final Exam Date||May 6, 2015 - 8:00 AM Through May 6, 2015 - 11:00 AM|
Date: 02-05-2016 Exam I Time: 08:00
Date: 02-19-2016 Exam II Time: 08:00
Date: 02-29-2016 Exam III Time: 08:00
Date: 04-15-2016 Exam IV Time: 08:00
Date: 04-29-2016 Exam V Time: 0800
Date: 05-02-2016 HESI/Reach Time: 08:00
Date: 05-06-2016 Final Exam Time: 0800
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Orientation, Infection Control, Safety, Sensory
Week 2: Physical Assessment, Vital signs
Week 3: Exam I, Patient Education, Admission, Discharge, Transfer, Bowel, NG tube
Week 4: Documentation, Fluids, Foley,
Week 5: Skin, Wound Care, Diagnostic Test, Oxygen
Week 6: Pain, Comfort, Sleep
Week 7: Exam III, Clinical Orientation
Week 8: Loss, Hospice
Week 9: Transplant, Medication administration
Week 10: Exam IV
Week 11: Self Concept, Sexuality, Assertiveness
Week 12: Exercise, Activity, Immobility Pre-op, Post-op Care
Week 13: Exam V
Week 14: Fundamentals HESI, Exam V
Week 15: Clinical Evaluation
Week 16: Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|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. Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing
PSLO 2. Use a systematic problem-solving process in the care of multiple patients
who have predictable health care needs to provide safe, individualized, goal-
directed nursing care.
PSLO 3. Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients,
significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.
PSLO 4. Cooperate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to
provide optimum, evidence-based, safe, care to patients.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I 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. Recognize the uniqueness of the gerontological patient related to physical, mental, and emotional changes associated with the aging process. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: exams, discussions based on readings; clinical rotations
2. Describe the psychosocial, growth and development, and physiological needs of patients across the life span. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: case discussions and reading assignments; clinical case studies
3. Identify common, overt, actual and/or potential primary health care needs of the patient. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: exams; case studies; care plans
4. Identify the basic interventions to support the patient and family during life stages including death and dying. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions
5. Identify nursing interventions related to the effects of pharmacological agents on patients. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; care plans; case scenarios; class and clinical discussions/interactions; simulations
6. Demonstrate competency in dosage calculations. (PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; clinical medication administration evaluation
7. Describe the underlying theories of nursing skills using principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical simulations; lab skills check-offs; clinical skills evaluations; discussions based on readings
8. Demonstrate satisfactory performance of nursing skills using evidenced-based principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: lab skills check-offs; clinical skills evaluations; discussions of most-current practices
9. Develop an understanding of the legal, ethical & professional responsibilities inherent in the role of vocational nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams, discussions based on readings of nurse practice act and nurse literature
|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.|
|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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
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attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|