Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2018 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1300-71 - Health Assessment Lifespan

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2018
InstructorWoods, Tanya Gail
Phone(409) 984-6370
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Hours:Monday- Wednesday 8-3, Thursday 8-12
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number11537
Course Description Development of skills and techniques required for comprehensive nursing health assessment of clients across the lifespan:?pediatric, adult and geriatric. Includes assessment of patients� health promotion and maintenance, illness and injury prevention and restoration, and application of the nursing process within a legal/ethical framework
Course Prerequisites BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and physiology.
Required Textbooks Lippincott CoursePoint+
For registration and purchase of Coursepoint+ for Weber: Health Assessment 6th ed.
•    Registration directions:
•    Cost $257.00 (If you use financial aid, when you log into the website, clink the “Financial Aid Assistance” link)
•    If you experience difficulties purchasing your bundle online call Customer Service at 800-638-3030
•    This bundle includes ebook of the required text:
Weber, J., and Kelly, J. Health Assessment in Nursing, 6e. Philadelphia:
Lippincott Williams & Williams, 2018

•    Students must have access to a PC laptop or desktop with:
o    Ready access to a PC or Macintosh laptop or desktop with:
o    Windows 7or higher ; or MacOSX 10.9 or later
o    Latest version of Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome browser, and/or Internet Explorer
o    Standard browser plug-ins: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Java
o    Computer hardware less than three years old with working webcam and microphone. Recommended 4GB RAM
•    Students must have access to High Speed Internet Connection:
•    Wired DSL or Cable Broadband access
•    Wireless or Wireless Mobile Broadband connections may be used during course browsing
•    Students cannot complete a course using only a mobile device or the Blackboard Mobile App
•    Blackboard does not support browsers on mobile devices (iOS or Android)
•    Students must have access to Microsoft Office 2010 or higher.
•    Students must have access and use of a scanner
•    vSim for Nursing is an online product. To use this product, you must have access to the Internet and an up-to-date browser. Go to requirements for the current system requirements for this product.

•    Contact Lippincott with any questions or technical issues regarding CoursePoint+ before contacting your instructor.
•    Support is available at : http://the
or call support at 1-800-486-1128
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Policies for this course are described below:
•    Students cannot meet the objectives of the course without completing course assignments. Students put at risk their success in the course if they miss any assignment deadlines.
•    It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor if they are unable to meet an assignment deadline.
•    A student who is absent rom course activities for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.
Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade A final course grade of 75% is necessary for the student to pass this course. The final course grade is calculated as follows:
Exam 1 = 20%, Exam 2 = 20%, Lab grade = 10% , Integrated Physical Assessment = 20 % and Final Exam = 30%.
Lab grade (10% of final course grade) Includes: 1. Required Mastery Level met on all PassPoint assignments (mandatory Pass/Fail assignment) 2. vSim scenarios 3. In-class activities – quizzes, discussion boards etc
PassPoint assignments. Complete all PassPoint Mastery Level assignments with required level of five (5) or higher. (mandatory Pass/Fail assignment)
vSim Assignments: These are mandatory assignments.
1. Nursing Student Tutorial will be completed in lab.
2. Each scenario includes both pre- and post- simulation activities. The activities include: 1) Suggested Reading; 2) Pre-Simulation Quiz; 3) vSim scenario; 4) Post-Simulation Quiz; 5) Documentation Assignments; 6) Guided Reflection Questions
3. Students are required to complete the pre- and post- simulation quiz. The pre-simulation quiz is for a pass/fail grade if you completed the quiz. The post-simulation grade is the numerical score that will be averaged into lab grade.
4. Students are required to meet an 80% or better on the vSim scenarios. The student is allowed multiple attempts to reach this goal. If 80% is not achieved a grade of zero will be assigned.
Integrated Physical Assessment: You are required to earn a C or better for this Final lab assignment. The integrated physical assessment is a mandatory assignment and counts as 20% of your course grade; any grade on this assignment below a C (75%) is considered failing. Failure of this assignment results in failure of the entire course regardless of the grades for other assignments or exams. You will sign up for a time to complete your assessment with your course faculty. Faculty will complete the required documents and provide to you to submit the documents within the course in Week 16.
Point deductions: Late points, up to ten points per day, will be deducted if an graded assignment is submitted after the date and time due – No Exceptions.
Exams: All exams must be taken. Students will be allocated a specific amount of time for each exam. Students unable to take a scheduled exam due to an extreme emergency must notify the instructor prior to the exam. All exams will be taken in the Allied Health Computer Lab or if a makeup exam is required it will be taken in the Student Success Center. Makeup exams must be taken within 48 hours of the scheduled exam. If unable to take makeup exam within the 48 hours, the numerical grade attained on the Final exam will be substituted for missed exam.
Examinations are based on course objectives. Course content from the biological and behavioral sciences as well as previous nursing knowledge may be included on exams, as appropriate.
Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% or more of the course 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, a student will retain the credit for the item. If a student’s answer differs from the one originally keyed, a student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.
Final Exam Date May 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 3, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments Exam I – Thursday February 15, 2018 at 0800
Exam II – Thursday March 29, 2018 at 0800
Final Exam – Thursday May 3, 2018 at 0800.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1 01/18/2018
•    Course Orientation
•    Nurse’s role in Health Assessment - Chapter 1
•    Collecting Subjective Data - Chapter 2
•    Collecting Objective Data - Chapter 3
•    Validating and Documenting Data – Chapter 4
•    Thinking Critically to Analyze Data and Make Informed Nursing Judgments – Chapter 5
•    vSim for Nursing Student Tutorial (in lab)
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery level 5
Week 2 01/25/2018
•    Assessing Mental Status and Substance Abuse – Chapter 6
•    Assessing Psychosocial, Cognitive and Moral Development – Chapter 7
•    Assessing General Status and Vital Signs - Chapter 8
•    Assessing Pain: the 5th Vital Sign – Chapter 9
•    Assessing for Violence – Chapter 10
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 9: Edith Jacobson; Case 3 Sara Lin
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 3 02/01/2018
•    Assessing Culture – Chapter 11
•    Assessing Spirituality – Chapter 12
•    Assessing Nutritional Status – Chapter 13
•    Assessing Skin, Hair, and Nails – Chapter 14
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 1: Josephine Morrow
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 4 02/08/2018
•    Assessing Head and Neck – Chapter 15
•    Assessing Eyes – Chapter 16
•    Assessing Ears – Chapter 17
•    Assessing Mouth, Throat, Nose and Sinus – Chapter 18
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 5 02/15/2018
•    Exam 1 – Thursday February 15, 2018, 0800 (Covers Weeks 1 – 4)
Week 6 02/22/2018
•    Assessing Thorax and Lungs – Chapter 19
•    Assessing Breasts and Lymphatic System – Chapter 20
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 2: Christopher Parrish
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 7 03/01/2018
•    Assessing Heart and Neck Vessels – Chapter 21
•    Assessing Peripheral Vascular System – Chapter 22
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 1: Josephine Marrow; Case 6: Mona Hernandez and Case 7: Jared Griffin
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 8 03/08/2018
•    Assessing Abdomen – Chapter 23
•    Assessing Musculoskeletal System – Chapter 24
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 4: Vernon Russel and Case 5 Marvin Hayes
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 9 03/15/2018
•    Spring Break
Week 10 03/22/2018
•    Assessing Neurological System - Chapter 25
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 8: Kim Johnson and Case 9: Edith Jacobson
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 11 03/29/2018
Exam II – Thursday March 29, 2018 at 0800 (Covers weeks 6 -10)
Week 12 04/05/2018
•    Assessing Male Genitalia and Rectum – Chapter 26
•    Assessing Female Genitalia and Rectum – Chapter 27
•    Assessing Childbearing Women – Chapter 29
•    Assessing Newborns and Infants - Chapter 30
•    Assessing Children and Adolescents - Chapter 31
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
Week 13 04/12/2018
•    Assessing Older Adults – Chapter 32
•    Assessing Families – Chapter 33
•    Assessing Communities – Chapter 34
•    Pulling It All Together – Chapter 28
•    vSim for Nursing – Case 9: Edith Jacobson and Case 10: Rashid Ahmed
•    Pass Point Quizzes – Mastery Level 5
•    Mandatory Integrated Physical Assessment Practice
Week 14 04/19/2018
•    Integrated Physical Assessment Check-offs
Week 15 04/26/2018
•    Integrated Physical Assessment Check-offs
•    Submit Integrated Physical Assessment Documents
•    Complete any remaining Mastery Level assignment
•    Complete any remaining vSim assignments
Week 16 05/03/2018
•    Final Exam – May 3, 2018 Time: 0800 (Comprehensive 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 The Upward Mobility Nursing Program provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for the student to:
PSLO Alpha: Reading Skills – Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading materials.
PSLO 1.    Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse while promoting safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
PSLO 2.    Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs in various health care settings demonstrating knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.
PSLO 3.    Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based upon the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures for decision-making, demonstration of skills with patient care technologies and information systems, and providing comprehensive, safe patient care.
PSLO 4. Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based safe care that reflects the value and ethics of the nursing profession.
Course Student Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College - Port Arthur, this course encourages the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in the field of Associate Degree Nursing. Upon completion of RNSG 1300, the student will have the opportunity to:
1. Demonstrate techniques utilized in the health assessment of individuals across the lifespan. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3)
2. Perform systematic physical assessment using appropriate equipment and techniques for all body systems. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3)
3. Utilize cognitive and psychomotor skills in assessing clients' physiologic health and psychosocial status. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3, PSLO 4)
4. Document findings utilizing appropriate terminology and legal/ethical format. (PSLO 1, PSLO 3, PSLO 4)
5. Identify legal and ethical standards related to health assessment. (PSLO1, PSLO 4)
6. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading. (PSLO Alpha, PSLO3)
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 patients.
4. Works well with patients and family caregivers from 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 though 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.

    •    No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom/lab.

    •    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.

    •    According to the Lamar State College policy unauthorized use of college computer account(s), computer data files, and/or computer facilities, is considered a breach of conduct, and is not in keeping with the educational aims, purposes, and philosophy of the college and subjects student(s) to disciplinary action.

    No cell phones should be visible during testing or while completing lab assignments.

    Additional classroom policies include:

    •    The following behaviors will result in the student being asked to cease the action, lose five (5) points on the next exam, and/or leave the classroom or labs: using cell phones, talking while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions/presentations; or displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students.

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 materials 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 Shakespeares 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 wont use your data.

Whats the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PAs 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 Registrars 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 Registrars 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-PAs 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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