Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2016 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1204-01 - Foundations of Nursing

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2016
InstructorHare, Diane Lynn
Phone(409) 984-6358
Allied Health
Chair:Sheila Trahan
Phone:(409) 984-6239
Hours:as posted, by appointment
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number11618
Course Description 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.
Course Prerequisites BIO 2401 & BIO 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I             
NURA 1160 Clinical (VN 1410)                         
Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program
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) 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.
Required Textbooks Brooks, M.L. & Brooks, D. L. (2014) Exploring medical language (9th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby
Morrison-Valfre (2013) Foundations of Mental Health Care (5th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
deWitt, C & O’Neil, P. (2014). Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing (4th ed.) Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (22nd ed.). (2013). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. St. Louis:Saunders Elsevier
HESI-PN Complete Case studies 2 year version (1st
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 classes is expected.
2. A student who is absent from course activities for 3 days without notification to faculty may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
3. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the
beginning of 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. It is the students responsibility to submit a completed “student excuse form” upon return to class following any absence, tardy or leaving class early. Failure to do so will result in a declaration of no call no show and may result in a student being dismissed from the program.
6. 6. 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
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 grade will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours posttest.
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.
Exam I Grade 18%
Exam II     Grade 18%
Exam III     Grade 18%
Exam IV (Medical Terminology Averages) Grade 10%
Final Grade 18%
Final                     Grade 18%
Total/6 = grade
10. A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1500 independent of all other
requirements is necessary to pass the course.
Final Exam Date May 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 9, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments Date: 02/11/16 Med. Term 1 Time: 8:00
Date: 02/11/16 Exam I Time: 8:00
Date: 02-25-2016 Med. Term 2 Time: 8:00
Date: 03-10-2016 Med. Term 3 Time: 8:00
Date: 03-10-2016 Exam II     Time: 08:00
Date: 03-24-2016 Med. Term 4 Time: 08:00
Date: 04-14-2016 Exam III Time: 08:00
Date: 05-05-2016 Final Med. Term 5 Time: 08:00
Date: 05-09-2016 Final Exam Time: 08:00
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1:Orientation, Syllabus & Stress & Coping
Week 2: Professional Integrity Testing Skills, Health Care Delivery & Coordination of Care
Week 3: Time Management & Leadership Skills
Week 4: Exam I
Week 5: Critical Thinking & Nursing Process
Week 6: Cultural Diversity to Illness, Health & Wellness & Response
Week 7: Therapeutic Communication
Week 8: Exam II
Week 9: Foundations of Psych. Psychosocial Theories & Therapeutic Relationships
Week 10: Legal & Ethical Issues
Week 11: Growth & Development
Week 12: Exam III
Week 13: Care Plan Review
Week 14: Hesi Fundamental Review
Week 15: Med Term Final Exam    
Week 16: Final Exam
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 Reading: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
Writing: Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Speaking: Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Listening: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.
Critical Thinking 1: Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.
Critical Thinking 2: Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.
Computer Literacy 1: Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.
Computer Literacy 2: Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.
Intercultural Competence 1: Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.
Intercultural Competence 2: Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.
Intercultural Competence 3: Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.
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 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 Alpha; 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 Alpha;PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; case scenarios onprofessional boundaries
3. Examine positive mental health practices emphasizing cultural and spiritualdiversity. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: cultural dayactivity; discussion
4.     Relate the history of nursing to the present day. (PSLO Alpha; 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 Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams based on
readings; care plan activities; discussion of nursing process with each topic
6.     Explain Medical Terms related to the Healthcare System. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO
1) Measured by: exams based on med term online module assignments;
application of terminology into nursing documentation and patient
    Lamar State College Port Arthur is determined to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic work environment. Towards this end, the following workplace competencies are included in this course:

1.    Prioritizes patient needs according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
2.    Acquires and evaluates information through use of the nursing process.
3.    Communicates information to and receives input from the health care team to enhance the quality of care provided for the patients assigned to a nurse’s care.
4.    Works well with patients and family caregivers with a variety of ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds.
5.    Identifies need for patient data, obtains it from existing sources, and evaluates its relevance and accuracy.
6. Demonstrates knowledge of own skills and abilities through clinical competency.

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 prohibited on the campus.

    •    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.

    •    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 the classroom:

    •    inappropriate and or disruptive uses of cell phones are other electronic devices in classroom

    •    talking are 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

    •    These behaviors will result in the loss of 5 points on the next exam.

Additional Information . Gates Memorial Library located at 317 Stillwell
2. Open computer Lab-Gates Memorial Library
3. Learning Resource Center – Room 208 Madison Monroe Building
4. Evolve Website (HESI) School Code : 195024, Web Site:
5. Board of Nursing (BON) School Code: US 27 1 009 00, Web Site:
6. Pearson Vue Web Site:
7. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Web Site:
8. National Student Nurse Association (NSNA)
9. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Learning Extension
10. Lamar State College – Handbook
11. Lamar State College Faculty Handbook
12. Lamar State College 2015-2016 Catalog.
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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