Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: RNSG-1228- Section: 01
Introduction to Health Care Concepts
|Description||An introduction to concept-based learning with emphasis on selected pathophysiological concepts with nursing applications. Concepts include acid-base balance, fluid and electrolytes, immunity, gas exchange, perfusion, metabolism, coping, and tissue integrity. This course lends itself to a concept-based approach.|
|Prerequisites||Admission to Upward Mobility Nursing Program|
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. Utilize a systematic process to evaluate the human body response to selected health problems referred to as concepts. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2, PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; group activities, and case studies.
2. Apply pathophysiological and assessment data when planning and implementing nursing actions. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2, PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; group activities, and case studies.
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.
Giddens, J. (2017). Concepts for nursing practice. (2nd ed.).St. Louis, MO: Elsevier
HESI Case Studies: Complete RN Collection. (2014). Elsevier.
HESI (2017). HESI comprehensive review for the NCLEX-RN examination (5th Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
Lewis, S., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M. & Hardin, M. (2017). Medical-Surgical nursing, assessment and management of clinical problems. (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO. 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®
Rischer, 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, MO. Elsevier.
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. (23rd ed). (2017). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Zerwekh, J. & Garneau, A. (2018) Nursing today Transitions and trends (9th ed). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Week 1 (January 23, 2019): Syllabus, Care Plan
Week 2 (January 30, 2019): Fluid & Electrolytes
Week 3 (February 6, 2019): Perfusion
Week 4 (February 13, 2019): Elimination
Week 5 (February 20, 2019): Nutrition
Week 6 (February 27, 2019): Gas Exchange
Week 7 (March 6, 2019): Tissue Integrity
Week 8 (March 13, 2019): Spring Break
Week 9 (March 20, 2019): Mid Term Exam
Week 10 (March 27, 2019): Coping
Week 11 (April 3, 2019): End of Life: Comfort
Week 12 (April 10, 2019) Safety
Week 13 (April 17, 2019): Attend RNSG 1424 Lecture
Week 14 (April 24, 2019): Group Presentations: Infomercials
Week 15 (May 01, 2019): Group Presentations: Infomercials
Week 16 (May 08, 2019): Final Exams Begin
Week 17 (May 15, 2019): Final Exam
MidTerm Exam – Monday March 20, 2019 Time: 0800
Final Exam – Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Time: 0800
|Final Exam Date||May 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM Through May 15, 2019 - 8:00 AM|
|Grading Scale||90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 74-60 = D 59 or Below = F|
• 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 the missed MidTerm Exam.
• A specified amount of time will be set for testing. No questions may be asked during the exams. No hats/caps/hoodies/smart watches may be worn during exams. No personal possessions other than keys, pen/pencil and ear buds are allowed in testing lab. 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 is required to 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 15%
(Group Presentations, Quizzes, Assignments, Case studies average)
o MidTerm Exam 40%
o Final Exam 45%
• Daily Activity Grades (example: Discussion Board posts, etc.) will not be included in grade calculation until 75% weighted exam average is achieved.
• 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.
• Final exams are not available for review by the student and Final exam grades are not posted.
• A final course grade of 75% is necessary for a student to pass this course.
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. This tardy period resets after each exam.
• 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 prior to any absence. If the student is unable to contact the instructor(s), the student should call 409-984-6366. The student should also email the faculty or call the faculty office and leave a voicemail.
• 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.|
|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.|