Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2016 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1261-01 - Clinical LPN-LVN Training

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2016
InstructorGuidry, Electra Kathleen
Phone(409) 984-6369
Allied Health
Chair:Sheila Trahan
Phone:(409) 984-6239
Hours:M-F 8-3
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number10361
Course Description A health-related, work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Course Prerequisites 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 Microcomputers (COSC 1301) or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) within five years from point of graduation.
Students must have a minimium grade of a “C” or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing certificate plan to graduate.
Required Textbooks Hodgson, B.B & Kizor, R.J (2010). Saunders nursing drug handbook 2015. St. Louis: Saunders.        
Click here to enter text.    
Langford, R.W (2013). Mosby’s PDQ for LPN: nursing facts at hand (3rd ed.). St. Louis: Mosby    
Pagana, K.D. & Pagana, T.S. (2009). Mosby’s manual of diagnostic and laboratory test (4th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby    
Doenges, M.E. (2013). Nurse’s Pocket Guide Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales (13th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary (22st ed.).(2013) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis
Attendance Policy 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 clinicals is expected.
2. A student who is absent from clinicals for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program director. A student who is absent from clinical without notification to faculty, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
3.    It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence from class or clinical. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty and that s/he is unable to attend clinical. Each clinical instructor is supplied by the college with a cell phone; the student can call and leave a message if the instructor does not answer. If the student is unable to contact the instructor, the student should call 409-984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872, ext. 6356 and leave a message. Also, the student may email, and/or call the instructor’s office and leave a voice message.
4. Students who arrive after assigned clinical time will be counseled. Students who arrive after assigned clinical time on two (2) occasions may not be allowed to remain. If the student is sent home s/he will be counted absent from clinical.
5.    Students must be present the entire clinical day, including post/pre-conference to get credit for their attendance.
6. Since clinical is such an important component of the VN Program, students are required to attend 100 percent of the scheduled clinical days in any given semester. Additional written work will be required if the student is absent from clinical. Any student who misses any clinical days in a semester may receive an unsatisfactory (U) in the clinical course and be required to repeat both the didactic and clinical courses. Absence of the required clinical days necessitates the Standards Committee to review the student’s performance in the VN Program. Students who:
        a.     Have a 75 test average in the didactic course
        b.    Have satisfactory written work in the clinical course
c.    Are up-to-date on skills check-offs in clinical
prior to the most recent absence may be allowed to continue in clinical. Students will be required to do additional written work to continue in clinical. Students who do not meet the above criteria may be dismissed for the semester.
6.    Any student who is “no call, no show” for clinical demonstrates a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct. Therefore, s/he may fail clinical that semester and must repeat both the clinical and didactic courses to progress in the program. The only possible exception is if a student is physically unable to call the faculty.
7.    Students may be required to attend seminars or workshops to meet clinical objectives. Students will be informed in advance of the requirements. They are expected to attend the entire workshop as scheduled even if it extends past the regularly scheduled clinical time.
8. The clinical instructor keeps an attendance record. Any student who is not sure about his/her status should meet with the instructor by appointment.
9.    The program director 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.
Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
(S) Satisfactory (U) Unsatisfactory
*** If clinical performance is “U” an F is given no matter the clinical grade on paper work
Determination of Final Grade 1.    The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work/computer assignments which is given a numerical grade and (2) Clinical performance which is graded as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). A student must achieve a minimum average of 74.5% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance to pass the course. Rubrics will be utilized by the instructor for grading case studies and objectives. Any section of the Care Plan Case study rubric that the student receives a ‘0” zero in must be corrected in one week of receiving the case study from the instructor by completing an additional care plan using the #2 problem of the patient. If the student does not resubmit the second care plan, the student will receive a 0 (zero) for the care plan rubric grade. If a student scores less than a 75 on a case study, the student should meet with the faculty to determine strategies to improve on subsequent case studies.
2. Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) and score 74.5% on written work/assignments in clinical and achieve a 75 course grade in the mandatory co-requisite course to progress in the program.
3.    The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Med-Surg. Case Study I            Grade
Radiology Objectives            Grade
Physical Therapy Objectives            Grade
Teaching Project            Grade
Prep U Assignment 1            Grade
Prep U Assignment 2            Grade
Prep U Assignment 3            Grade
Portfolio            Grade
** Elderly Objectives / computer assignments (Alternate-make-up if absent)
4.    Students who fail VNSG 1500 Nursing in Health and Illness I and repeat the course must also repeat the clinical co-requisite course.
5.    Clinical evaluations are completed twice each semester (mid-term and end of semester). Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate safe competent client care, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times when in the clinical area. Evaluations are done by the clinical instructor with input from staff at affiliating agency, clients and others as appropriate. Students will sign the evaluation. Their signature attests to the fact that the evaluation conference occurred. It does not signify agreement with the evaluation. Students are given an opportunity to comment in writing on the evaluation.
6.    A student's unsatisfactory mid-semester clinical evaluation while in the program permits continuation in the program with continued emphasis on upgrading deficiencies. The student's unsatisfactory clinical evaluation at the end of the semester results in a clinical course grade of "U" and prohibits further continuation in the program.
7.    All courses listed in a given semester of the program must be completed prior to progressing to the next semester. Each didactic and co-requisite clinical course, as listed for each semester, is a prerequisite for the nursing courses listed in the subsequent semester(s), and must be satisfactorily completed prior to enrolling in the next nursing courses.
8.    Maintain a clinical portfolio. This portfolio will be kept current
throughout the entire program. The portfolio will include:
a.    Course schedule and Clinical schedule
b.    All course syllabi for current semester
c.    Student handbook
d.    Clinical Notebook
e.    Section for diagnosis, meds and lab sheets
f.    Section for daily physical assessment and nurses’ notes
g.    Section for specialty area objectives
h.    Section for completed case studies
i.    Section for computer assignments
j.    Section for teaching project
k.    Section for skills check-offs
l.    Section for counseling notes
m.    Section for clinical summary sheets
Final Exam Date May 3, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Date: To be scheduled computer assignment
To be scheduled computer assignment
To be scheduled computer assignment
To be scheduled Med-Surge Case Study
To be scheduled: Specialty Objectives x2
To be scheduled: Teaching Project
5-3-16 Portfolio & Clinical Evaluation
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Vital sign Lab
Week 2: Asepsis Lab
Week 3: Physical Assessment Lab
Week 4: NG/Enema Lab
Week 5: Foley lab
Week 6: Wound Care lab
Week 7: clinical orientation
Week 8: Facility Orientation
Week 9: Intake & Output, Patient Care, Etiology
Week 10: Intake & Output, Patient Care, Etiology, labs
Week 11: Patient Care, Lab values, Medication
Week 12: Patient Care, lab values, meds, plan of care
Week 13: Patient Care, lab values, meds, plan of care
Week 14: Patient Care, lab values, meds, plan of care    
Week 15: Clinical Evaluations
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

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 1261 Clinical 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 the role of the beginning vocational nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: reading and application of nurse practice act; clinical simulations and rotation evaluations
2.    Perform nursing assessments regarding the health status of the patient.
(PSLO 1: PSLO 2)Measured by: clinical simulation activities and clinical rotations
3.    Participate in the communication process with clients, staff, and instructors. (PSLO 3: PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical simulation/lab activities, clinical rotations
4.    Record information legibly, using appropriate terminology and spelling with assistance. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: application of module exercises for medical terminology,documentation practice labs and clinical assignments
5.    Respect the client’s right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information. (PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical evaluation; case scenario discussions; exams
6.    Accept responsibility for personal/professional development.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussion of reading assignments and research of current nursing literature on evidence-based practices
7.    Implement nursing care according to the care plan.(PSLOAlpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: classroom, lab and clinical exercises on implementation of care plans based on readings and discussions
8.    Evaluate the client’s responses to nursing interventions.(PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: Measured by: lab, clinical activities involving plan of care
9.    State the rationale and the effects of medications and treatments. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical assignments based on readings and discussions
10.    Accurately and completely report and document:
a.    Client’s status including signs, symptoms, and responses
b.    Nursing care rendered
c.    Administration of treatments
d.    Client’s response to medications and treatments
e.    Contacts with other health care team members concerning significant events regarding client’s status
(PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical assignments; safe and ethical patient and healthcare team interactions in clinical
11.    Implement measures to promote a safe environment for clients and others.(PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: use of standards of safe and effective care in interactions with patients, their families and healthcare team
12.    Promote and participate in client education and counseling based on health needs. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: exams based on readings; observations of the implementation of plan of care in clinical setting
13.    Obtain instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing nursing procedures or practices.(PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: evaluation tool
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.
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.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, 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.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    •    Tobacco products are not allowed on campus or at clinical site.

    •    Only students enrolled in the course are allowed at the clinical site, except by special instructor permission.

    •    Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, 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 should be visible during class.

    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:

    1.    I understand that promptness is expected. I will be on time for the beginning of all classes and will return from breaks promptly.

    2.    I understand that I am expected to come to theory and lab experiences prepared and present myself as a sincere, adult learner.

    3.    I will return phone calls and/or text messages only during scheduled breaks.

    4.    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.

    5.    I agree that on-campus computers will only be used for classroom work.

    6.    I agree that all information shared by other students and instructors will remain confidential.

    7.    I will not repeat or discuss what is shared with anyone.

    8.    I agree that I will not engage in ‘side-bar’ discussions.

    9.    I agree that I will direct my comments to the front of the room.

    10.    I agree to participate in all discussions, activities, and exercises.

    11.    I agree to be open to new ideas and experiences.

    12.    I agree to take risks and step outside of my comfort zone.

    13.    I agree to maintain a positive attitude.

    14.    I agree to give supportive feedback and make corrections without belittling anyone.

    15.    I agree to suspend judgment and be responsible for my actions.

    16.    I agree to be responsible for learning as much as I can from this experience.

    17.    I agree to ask for what I need from my instructors.

    18.    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.

    19.    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 clinical:

    •    Unauthorized/disruptive use of cell phones or other electronic equipment

    •    Talking while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions/presentations

    Displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students. These behaviors will result in the loss of 5 points on the next exam

Additional Information
Important Information
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.
Copyright Violations 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.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to 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 programs.

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.
Privacy Notice 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.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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