Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: NURA-1301- Section: 02
Nurse Aide for Health Care
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Instructor Information
Instructor LaQuinta Haley Gilliam
Phone(409) 984-6508
Location:Educational II - Room: 109
Hours:As posted and by appointment
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Topics include resident's rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Emphasis on effective interaction with members of the health care team, restorative services, mental health, and social services needs.
Prerequisites Admission to Lamar State College- Port Arthur
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA NURA 1301 Nursing students will develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as basic nurse. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:    

1. Provide basic care to residents in a long-term care facility.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: unit exams, skill lab evaluation and clinical care based on textbook and Long-term care curriculum reading assignments    
2.    Communicate and interact effectively with residents and their families based on sensitivity to the psychosocial needs.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: unit exams, clinical interactions with patients and families based on discussions and reading assignments    
3.    Assist residents in attaining and maintaining basic comfort and safety. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: observed application of principles of safe basic nursing care in the clinical setting; unit examinations and classroom discussions
4.     Protect, support, and promote the rights of the residents. Demonstrate skills in observing and reporting.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: interactions and evaluation of safe basic nursing care in the clinical setting based on textbook and Long-term care curriculum reading assignments, skills lab practice and classroom discussions    
5. Provide safety and preventive measures in the care of residents. Function effectively as a member of the health care team. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: observed application of principles of safe basic nursing care in the clinical setting; unit examinations and role-play scenarios in skills lab setting    

Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the Basic Nursing Course students will be able to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities:

PSLO Alpha: Demonstrate comprehension of content- area reading material.

PSLO 1.    Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.
PSLO 2.    Provide safe care to multiple patients who have diverse health care needs.
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.

Textbooks Sorrentino, Shelia,(2017). MOSBY’S TEXTBOOK FOR NURSING ASSISTANT (9TH EDITION) St. Louis, MO
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Introduction into Long-Term Care and Resident’s Rights
Week 2: Communicating with the Health Care Team
Week 3: Nutrition and Fluids, Confusion and Dementia
Week 4: Common Health Care Diseases
Week 5: Safety and Preventing Falls
Week 6: Body Mechanics
Week 7: Sexuality
Week 8: Urinary and Bowel Elimination
Week 9: Hygiene and Grooming

Major Assignments
Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, and Final Exam

Final Exam Date April 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM   Through  April 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
1.    There will be no review of the final exam and the exam grade itself will not be posted.
2.    Examinations are based on course objectives.
3.    Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. There are NO Make-up exams or quizzes. The numerical grade on the Comprehensive Final will be substituted for the first missed unit exam. The final may only be substituted for one missed exam.
4.    Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% or more of the class are reviewed. If an item is found to be flawed, the faculty may give credit for more than one answer or nullify the item. When an item is nullified, the key is changed so that all answers are credited as correct. That is, if a student answered the item as originally keyed, the student will retain the credit for the item. If a student’s answer differs from the one originally keyed, the student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.
5.    The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken.
6.     No questions may be asked 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. 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.
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 within one (1) week of the review of the exam. Disputed test 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 Final exam grade will be weighted equivalent to two (2) unit exams.
10.    The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I        Grade
Exam II        Grade
Exam III        Grade
Med- Term Quiz (Instructor discretion) Grade
Final        Grade
Final        Grade

11. Total divided by 5 possible grades. Subject to change
12. A minimum average of 75% in Basic Nursing 1301, independent of all other requirements, is necessary to pass the course and attend clinical.
13. An overall grade of “75” or greater for NURA 1301 and a satisfactory (S) in lab/clinical is necessary to attend clinical and to be eligible for the State of Texas Nurse Aide Certification Skills and Written examination. If a student receives a grade of 75 or greater in NURA 1301 and a U in NURA 1160 lab/clinical the student will receive a grade of D in NURA 1301.
14. Extra credit can be earned by volunteering at one the following Community Agencies: KINDRED HOSPICE or Life Share Blood Drive. A credit of five points will be added to your lowest test grade. (Excluding Final Exam). All appropriate documentation must be turned in to receive credit. Only good for one time.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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.
•    Students should turn their phones to vibrate before they enter the classroom.
•    No cell phones should be visible during class.
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 more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.
3. Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.
4. 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 after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter.
5. 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.
6. Students who arrive after an exam starts, but before it ends, may take the exam without penalty. They are given no additional time.

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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Statement of Workplace Competencies
    1. Ability to select the correct items needed to perform selected basic nursing skills.
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. Identify priorities of care according to client’s current condition.
6. Demonstrates knowledge of own skills and abilities though clinical competency.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.