VNSG-1227-01 - Essential Medication Admn
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
VNSG-1227-01 - Essential Medication Admn
|Instructor||Guidry, Electra Kathleen|
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|Course Description||General principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs. Instruction includes various systems of measurement.|
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, Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS 1305), or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) five years from the point of graduation.
Students must have a minimum grade of “C” or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing Program Certificate plan to graduate.
Ogden, S.J. & Fluharty, L.K. (2012). Dosage Calculations (10th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier
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.
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. In addition to notifying an instructor, 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.
6. All exams are scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm unless otherwise stated.
7. Students who arrive after an exam starts, but before it ends may take the exam without penalty. They are given no additional time.
|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. This course consists of a lab section where students are able to apply principles of medication safety learned in theory. Students are highly encouraged to participate in lab sessions, ask questions and perform practice exercises to ensure comprehension of content and readiness for exams.
4. 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. A ‘no call-no show’ for an exam will result in a grade of “0” for that exam.
5. No make-up unit exams are given. The numerical grade attained on the Comprehensive Final exam is substituted for any missed unit exam(s); providing the student has followed proper protocol in reporting absence.
6. A specified amount of time will be set for testing. 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.
7. No questions may be asked during the exams. No hats, head gear, or hoodies may be worn during an exam.
8. Evaluation of Examinations: 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.
9. Exam grades will not be released before 24 hours or next class meeting; whichever comes first.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. A Comprehensive Final Exam is given at the end of each semester. The Exam must be taken and is weighted equivalent to two (2) unit exams.
13. Any assignment or exam submitted without a student’s name will not receive credit. 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
14. A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1227 independent of all other requirements is necessary to pass the course.
|Final Exam Date||May 10, 2016 - 12:00 PM|
Date: 02/03/2016 Exam I Time: 12:00
Date: 02/17/2016 Exam II Time: 12:00
Date: 03/09/2016 Exam III Time: 12:00
Date: 04/06/2016 Exam IV Time: 12:00
Date: 05/04/2016 Exam V Time: 12:00
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Orientation, Systems of Measurement, Begin Conversions (Metric System)
Week 2: Continue Conversions
Week 3: Exam I
Week 4: Equipment Used in Dosage Measurement, Interpreting Drug Orders, Understanding Drug Labels
Week 5: Exam II
Week 6: Preventing Medication Errors, Begin Oral Dosage Of Drugs, Reading MAR
Week 7: Continue Oral Dosage of Drugs
Week 8: Exam III
Week 9: Parenteral Dosage of Drugs, Unit Measurements, Reconstitution of Solutions
Week 10: Review Parenteral Dosage and Reconstitution
Week 11: Exam IV
Week 12: Intravenous Calculations
Week 13:Pediatric Dosages
Week 14: Review of Intravenous and Pediatric Calculations
Week 15: Exam V
Week 16: Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
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:
1. Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.
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.
3. Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.
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 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration 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. Demonstrate accurate dosage calculation.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
2. Discuss safe medication administration.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
3. Correctly interpret provider’s orders and medication administration records (MAR). (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
4. Accurately document medication administration.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3)
5. Explain procedure for obtaining medication’s from pharmacy.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
|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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and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
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Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
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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||
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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.|