Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1227- Section: 01
Essentials of Medication Administration
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Instructor Information
Instructor Lois Holmes
Phone(409) 984-6359
Location:Allied Health - Room: 107-3
Hours:As posted and by appointment
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description General principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs. Instruction includes various systems of measurement.
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, Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS 1305), or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) prior to graduation.
Students must have a minimum grade of C or better in every course that applies to the VN Program Certificate plan to graduate.
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration 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 accurate dosage calculation.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
2. Discuss safe medication administration.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3)
3. Correctly interpret providers orders and medication administration records (MAR). (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
4. Accurately document medication administration.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3)
5. Explain procedure for obtaining medications from pharmacy.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4)
Core Objectives 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 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

1. Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.
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.
3. Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.
4. Cooperate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, safe, care to patients.
Ogden, S.J. & Fluharty, L.K. (2016). Dosage Calculations (10th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier
Mosby ISBN: 9780323310697
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Syllabus, Pre-testing & Orientation
Week 2: Systems of Measurement, Conversions (Metric System)
Week 3: Exam I
Week 4: Equipment Used in Dosage Measurement, Interpreting Drug Orders, Understanding Drug Labels
Week 5: Exam II
Week 6: Preventing Medication Errors, Begin Oral Dosage Of Drugs, Reading MAR
Week 7: Exam III
Week 8: Parenteral Dosage of Drugs, Unit Measurements, Reconstitution of Solutions
Week 9 Spring Break
Week 10: Review Parenteral Dosage and Reconstitution
Week 11: Exam IV
Week 12: Intravenous Calculations
Week 13: Pediatric Dosages
Week 14: Review of Intravenous and Pediatric Calculations
Week 15: Exam V
Week 16: Post-test
Week 17: Final Exam
Major Assignments

Major Assignments    
Date: 02/06/2019 Exam I Time: 12:00
Date: 02/20/2019 Exam II Time: 12:00
Date: 03/06/2019 Exam III Time: 12:00
Date: 04/03/2019 Exam IV Time: 12:00
Date: 05/01/2019 Exam V Time: 12:00
Date 05/14/2019 Final Exam Time: 0800

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM
Grading Scale Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exam I Grade
Exam II Grade
Exam III Grade
Exam IV Grade
Exam V Grade
Final Grade
Final Grade
A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1227 independent of all other requirements is necessary to pass the course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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 use of cell phones or other electronics devices in classroom
talking or 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
If any of these behaviors result in the student being asked to leave the room, the student will receive a counseling note and may result in a loss of 5 points on the next exam.

Calculator Usage:

1. Use of a BASIC FUNCTION CALCULATOR is allowed with the following exceptions
a. Calculator/cell phone combinations (cell phones are prohibited)
b. Programmable calculators.
2. Calculators not specifically covered by this section shall not be allowed without express consent of the instructor.
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 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 students 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. 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 must depart early from class, clinical or lab. Failure to complete the Student Excuse Form will result in a declaration of a ?No Call, No Show? for the number of days absent and may result in the student being dismissed from the program.
6. Class is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm unless otherwise stated.
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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.