Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: RNSG-1118- Section: 11
Transition to Professional Nursing Competencies
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Instructor Information
Instructor Melanie James
Phone(409) 984-6374
Location:Allied Health - Room: 116
Hours:M 8-3 by appt, T-W 1-3, Th 11-3,
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Transition to professional nursing competencies in the care of patients throughout the lifespan. Validates proficiency in psychomotor skills and clinical reasoning in the performance of nursing procedures related to the concepts of: clinical judgment, comfort, elimination, fluid and electrolytes, nutrition, gas exchange, safety, functional ability, immunity, metabolism, mobility, and tissue integrity. Includes health assessment and medication administration. This course lends itself to a concept-based approach.
Prerequisites Admission to Upward Mobility Nursing Program
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 successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:    
1.    Apply concepts and principles necessary for the performance of professional nursing skills across the lifespan. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; lab and simulation performance
2.    Demonstrate competency/clinical reasoning in the performance of professional nursing skills. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; lab and simulation performance
3.    Demonstrate a complete head to toe and a focused health assessment. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; lab and simulation performance
4.    Demonstrate safe medication administration. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; lab and simulation performance
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 Upon completion of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program graduates will be able 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.
Textbooks Giddens, J. (2017). Concepts for nursing practice (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323374736
HESI Case Studies: Complete RN Collection. (2014). Elsevier.
HESI (2017). HESI comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination (5th Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
Lilley, L., Collins, S. & Snyder, J. (2017). Pharmacology and the nursing process (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO. Elsevier.
Lippincott NCLEX-RN PassPoint. Powered by PrepU: Study software for NCLEX-RN®
Potter, P., Perry, A. & Ostendorf, W. (2018). Clinical nursing skills & techniques (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Risher, K (2015). Think like a nurse; Practical preparation for professional practice (2nd ed.).
Silvestri, L. A. (2017). Saunders comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination (7th Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
SwiftRiver Online Simulation
Nugent, P. & Vitale, B. (2016). Test success: Test-taking techniques (7th ed.). Philiadelphia: F. A. Davis.
Weber, J., and Kelly, J. (2018) Health assessment in nursing (6th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Williams.
Lecture Topics
Week 1 (January 23, 2019): Syllabus; Skills: PPE, Sterile Technique
Week 2 (January 28, 2019): Skills: : Physical Assessment Practice
Week 2 (January 30, 2019 ): Skills: Physical Assessment Check off
Week 3 (February 4, 2019 ): Skills: Central Line/Surgical hand scrub
Week 3 (February 6, 2019): Skills: IM/SQ Injections
Week 4 (February 11, 2019): Skills: Medication Administration
Week 4 (February 13, 2019): Skills: Catheterization
Week 5 (February 20 2019): Skills: IV initiation, Drip Calc., IVPB
Week 6 (February 27, 2019): Exam I
Week 7 (March 06, 2019): Skills: Wound Care, Suture/staple removal
Week 8 (March 13, 2019): Spring Break
Week 9 (March 20, 2019): Skills: Blood Administration
Week 10 (March 27, 2019): Skills: NGT Insertion/ Tube feedings
Week 11 (April 03, 2019) Exam II
Week 12 (April 10, 2019): Skill: Trach Care/suctioning
Week 13 (April 17, 2019): Skill: Colostomy/Enema
Week 14 (April 24, 2019): RNSG 1228 Group Presentations
Week 15 ( May 01, 2019): RN Specialty: Fundamentals Exam/ Makeup Skills
Week 16 (May 08, 2019): Final Exam/Final Skills Check off
Major Assignments
Unit Exam I – Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Time: 1000
Unit Exam II – Wednesday, April 03, 2019 Time: 1000
Final Exam – Monday May 08, 2019     Time: 0800

Final Exam Date May 8, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 8, 2019 - 11:00 AM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 74-60 = D 59 or Below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
•    Examinations are based on course objectives.
•    Course content from the biological and behavioral sciences as well as previous nursing knowledge is included on exams as appropriate.
•    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).
•    A specified amount of time will be set for testing. No questions may be asked during the exams. No hats/caps/hoodies/smart watches/personal possessions other than keys, earbuds, and a pencil may be brought in to the exam. Students who arrive after the exam starts, but before it ends, may take the exam without penalty. No additional time is provided for late arrivals and student should come in quietly taking the first available seat. Once the exam period ends from the scheduled start time the student who arrived late must exit the exam. Questions unanswered will be counted wrong.
•    Test times for exams will be set up for 80 seconds per question. At the end of the allotted time, the computer will not record any further answers.
•    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.
•    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours post-test.
•    If a student scores less than 75% on a unit examination, the student MUST make an appointment within one week with one of the course faculty. During the conference the student and instructor will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify factors that may have contributed to the student's poor performance and identify strategies to improve performance on future examinations.
•    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented on provided form within 24 hours 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. During the exam review there should be no discussions with faculty or other students.
•    The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:

o    Activities (Quizzes, Specialty Exams) 15%
o    Exam I                 25%
o    Exam II                 25%
o    Final                 35%
o    Completion of all Pass/Fail Assignments S/U
o    Daily Activity Grades (example: Discussion Board posts, etc.) will not be included in grade calculation until 75% weighted exam average is achieved.
o    Final exams are not available for review by the student and Final exam grades are not posted.
o    All Pass/Fail Assignments must be completed satisfactorily or it will result in a course failure.
o    A final course grade of 75% and successful completion of ALL Pass/Fail assignments is necessary for a student to pass this course.
o    Late assignment submissions will incur a late point penalty. In most courses the late penalty will be a deduction of ten points if turned in within the first 24 hours after the assignment due date. If the assignment is turned in between 24 and 48 hours late a 25 point penalty will be deducted. Any assignment submitted after 48 hours will be assigned a zero for the assignment. Previous arrangements between the student and instructor for late work may allow for a reduced late point penalty, but all late submissions will have a late penalty deducted. Refer to the individual course syllabus for any variations from the late penalty deductions.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Attendance at all scheduled classes and clinical experiences is expected. Research has shown that consistent class and clinical attendance contributes to successful completion of not only the Upward Mobility Nursing Program, but also passing the NCLEX-RN. Regular attendance is an essential function of any job in nursing. Students who regularly miss class or clinical clearly demonstrate their refusal to be accountable to report to work regularly.
•    It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence. If the student is missing a clinical, classroom or lab day, s/he must notify the faculty.
•    Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the scheduled starting time of class (2 or more times) will be counseled and a plan of action determined. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive ten (10) minutes after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter. Repetitive tardiness will result in a 5 point deduction on next exam grade.
•    A student who is absent from course activities for three (3) days or more, without notification to faculty, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
•    Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.
•    It is the student’s responsibility to submit a completed ‘student excuse form’ upon return to class following an absence, tardy, or leaving class early. Failure to do so will result in a declaration of ‘no call, no show’ and may result in the student being dismissed from the program.
•    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.
•    Clinical uniforms are to be worn at all times while in the simulation/skills lab.
•    The program coordinator has the right to initiate the administrative withdrawal of any student whose attendance, conduct, scholastic abilities, attitude or lack of aptitude for registered nursing makes it inadvisable for that student to continue in the program.
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.