VNSG-1231-01 - Pharmacology
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
VNSG-1231-01 - Pharmacology
|Instructor||Davis, Eursula Henry|
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|Course Description||Fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects. Includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process.|
BIO 2401 & BIO 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I
NURA 1160 Clinical
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) prior to graduation.
Students must have a minimum grade of ‚ÄúC‚ÄĚ or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing Program Certificate plan to graduate.
1 Workman, M.L. & LaCharity, L.A. (2016) Understanding pharmacology: Essentials for medication safety (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier ISBN: 9781455739769
Workman, M.L. & LaCharity, L.A. (2016) Understanding pharmacology: Essentials for medication safety Study Guide (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier ISBN: 9780323394949
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‚Äôs responsibility to notify the instructor of any absence or delay from scheduled activities. 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 departs early from class, clinical or lab. Failure to complete the Student Excuse Form will result in a declaration of a ‚ÄėNo Call, No Show‚Äô 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 8:00 am unless otherwise stated.
7. Students who arrive after an exam has started, 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. Quizzes may be administered and averaged into course grade to ensure that students are comprehending material presented in classroom and to prepare students for unit examinations.
3. Course content from pre-requisite courses will be included on exams, as appropriate.
4. Case studies, group activities and discussions may be utilized in classroom or discussion board activities to enhance comprehension and application of material. Although these discussions/case studies are not required for a grade, participation is highly recommended for clarification of concepts for self and for peers.
5. Students will work in groups to complete a Pharmacology informational video project. This project will be included in Final grade average.
6. 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 ‚Äúno-call/no-show‚ÄĚ for an exam will result in a grade of ‚Äú0‚ÄĚ.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. No questions may be asked during the exams. No hats, head gear, or hoodies may be worn during an exam.
10. 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‚Äôs 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.
11. Exam grades will not be released before 24 hours or next class meeting; whichever comes first.
12. If a student scores less than a ‚Äú75‚ÄĚ 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. Failure to complete a formal test review with an instructor prior to the next exam may result in a loss of 5 points on the next exam.
13. 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 0documentation from the current textbook, handouts, and/or lecture reference material.
14. 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.
15. The following method will be used to determine each student‚Äôs grade in the course:
Exam I Grade
Exam II Grade
Exam III Grade
Exam IV Grade
Exam V Grade
Standardized Pharmacology Exam Grade
Assignments and/or Quiz Average Grade (10%)
16. A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1231 independent of all other requirements is necessary to pass the course.
17. 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 included in the HESI Case Study Testing package (approx. $60.00) and it is the student‚Äôs responsibility to pay at the business office by the designated deadline.
|Final Exam Date||May 9, 2018 - 8:00 AM Through May 9, 2018 - 10:30 AM|
Date: 02/14/2018 Exam I Time: 08:00
Date: 02/28/2018 Exam II Time: 08:00
Date: 03/21/2018 Exam III Time: 08:00
Date: 04/11/2018 Exam IV Time: 08:00
Date: 05/01/2018 Standardized Exam Time: 08:00
Date: 05/02/2018 Exam V Time: 08:00
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Orientation, Syllabus, Overview of Pharmacology
Week 2: Anti-infectives
Week 3: Drugs used to manage pain, sleep, inflammation & musculoskeletal issues
Week 4: Exam I
Week 5: Seizure, Anxiety & Psychotic Disorder Drugs; Parkinson‚Äôs & Alzheimers
Week 6: Exam II
Week 7: Respiratory & GI
Week 8: Exam III
Week 9: Cardiovascular and drugs for Urinary Output
Week 10: Cardiovascular and Hematological drugs
Week 11: Exam IV
Week 12: Endocrine & Glaucoma drugs
Week 13: Make & Female Reproductive drugs
Week 14: Standardized Pharmacology Exam
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:
PSLO 1. Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.
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 1231 Pharmacology 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 properties, effects, and principles of pharmacotherapeutic agents; and list common nursing interventions associated with the various pharmacotherapeutic agents. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3)
2. Explain the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in administering pharmacological agents. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1)
3. Identify contraindicated medications or treatments.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3
4. Describe therapeutic and nontherapeutic reactions to medications. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
5. Withhold medications to minimize potential complications (e.g., adverse reactions, toxicity, electrolyte imbalances, etc.). PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
6. Relate therapeutic blood levels to effectiveness of treatment. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2)
7. Assist in evaluating extent to which drug therapy meets patient‚Äôs needs. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
8. Assist in evaluation of control of side effects of medications. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
9. Collect data related to the patient‚Äôs need for medications prescribed p.r.n. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
10. Monitor for interactions between drugs, food, and fluids administered to the patient. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
11. Review appropriate use of non-prescription/OTC medications. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
|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.|
TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 213 PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
RULE 213.27 Good Professional Character:
(a) Good professional character is the integrated pattern of personal, academic and occupational behaviors which, in the judgment of the Board, indicates that an individual is able to consistently conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the Nursing Practice Act, the Board's rules and regulations, and generally accepted standards of nursing practice including, but not limited to, behaviors indicating honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability, and integrity.
|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 materialís 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 Shakespeareís 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 wonít use your data.
Whatís the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PAís assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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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 Registrarís office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the studentsí 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 ďNOĒ will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PAís efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|