Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1409- Section: 01
Nursing in Health and Illness II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Deborah Lawson
Phone(409) 984-6360
Location:Allied Health - Room: 128
Hours:Office Hours: As posted and by appointment
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
Course Information
Description Introduction to health problems requiring medical and surgical interventions.
VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I                
VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration        
VNSG 1231 Pharmacology                    
VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing                    
VNSG 1261 Clinical LPN Nursing
VNSG 1462 Clinical
Students must have a minimum grade of C or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing Certificate plan to graduate.
Learning Outcomes
Core Objectives Reading: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
Writing: Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Speaking: Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Listening: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.
Critical Thinking 1: Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.
Critical Thinking 2: Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.
Computer Literacy 1: Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.
Computer Literacy 2: Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.
Intercultural Competence 1: Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.
Intercultural Competence 2: Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.
Intercultural Competence 3: Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.
Program Student Learning Outcomes 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:
PSLO Alpha: Reading Skills – Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading materials
    PSLO 1.    Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.
PSLO 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.
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 deWit, C. (2018). Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing (5th ed.). St Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
deWit, C. (2017). Medical-surgical Nursing Concepts and Practice (3rd ed.). St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
Morrison-Valfre (2017) Foundations of Mental Health Care (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
Online HESI Case Studies: Complete PN Collection (2 Year Version)
Pass Point NCLEX® PN Review 5,000: Please note: No other NCLEX® PN Review will be accepted. You must use the NCLEX® PN Review 5,000 access code provided to you.
Pass Point access code for this VNSG 1409 class: B8D32BCC
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Review syllabus & objectives, Med administration lecture, Dosage Calculation review, Medication administration practice, Med admin check-off
Week 2: Math Test #1, Computer lab, Injection lecture, Injection practice, Review Math Test #1, Injection check off, Adult Fluid & Electrolytes-I&O, IV & IVPB Lecture
Week 3: Math Test #2, Review Math Test #2, IV & IVPB practice, IV & IVPB Check off
Week 4: Adult Musculoskeletal, Computer Lab, VNSG 1409 Exam 1, Surgery Patient; Pre op & Post op, Math Test #3, Community Orientation
Week 5: Adult Cancer, Make-up Skills lab, Documentation, Nursing Process & Case Study Review, Clinical syllabus, & Clinical orientation
Week 6: GI & Bowel Disorders-Part 1 & 2
Week 7: GB, Liver & Pancreas, Computer lab
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: 1409 Exam 2
Week 10: Endocrine, Computer Lab
Week 11: Jurisprudence/TPAPN
Week 12: Adult Diabetes, Computer Lab
Week 13: 1409 Exam 3
Week 14: Adult Immunity & Infection Part 1, Emergency & Disaster Management & Trauma
Week 15: Adult Immunity & Infection Part 2, Adult Skin Disorders & Burns
Week 16: Exam 4
Week 17: Final Exam
Major Assignments

Date: 02/13/2019 Exam 1 Time: 0800
Date: 03/18/2019 Exam 2 Time: 0800
Date: 04/15/2019 Exam 3 Time: 0800
Date: 05/06/2019 Exam 4 Time: 0800
Date: 05/13/2019 Final Exam Time: 1200
Pass Point assignments are due on an ongoing basis as scheduled.

Final Exam Date May 13, 2019 - 12:00 PM   Through  May 13, 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.    Examinations are based on course objectives.
2.    Course content from the pre-requisite courses will be included on exams as appropriate.
3.    The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken.
4.    Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. No questions may be asked during the exam. No hat or hoodies may be worn during exams. No hats/caps/hoodies/smart watches/personal possessions other than keys, earbuds, and a pencil may be brought in to the exam.
5.    A specified amount of time will be set for testing. 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.
6.    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, s/he must contact the instructor prior to the exam or within twenty-four (24) hours of the exam. A “no-call/no-show” for an exam will result in a grade of “0”.
7.    No make-up unit exams will be administered. The numerical grade attained on the comprehensive Final exam will be substituted for any missed unit exam(s)
8.    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours post-test.
9.    If a student scores less than a 75 on a unit examination, the student is highly recommended to make an appointment with an instructor within one week after the exam. At that time the student will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations.
10.    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. 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.
11.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented on provided form within 48 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.
12.    There will be 4 Unit exams weighted at 12.5% each. The average of 4 Unit exams will be 50% of your final grade.
13.    The average of any written/computer assignments will be 10% of the course grade.
14.    A Comprehensive Final Exam given at the end of the semester must be taken and is weighted equivalent to 40% of the final grade.
15.    Assignments such as PassPoint and HESI Case Studies will not be accepted past the appointed deadline.
16.    The following method is used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Average with Daily grades
Exam I         12.5% Grade
Exam II             12.5% Grade
Exam III 12.5% Grade
Exam III 12.5% Grade
Pass Point 10% Grade
60% Grade

Final Exam 40% Grade
100% Grade
15. An average of 75% or greater is necessary to pass the course.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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.
If a student is unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur. The following behaviors may result in the student being asked to cease the action and/or leave the classroom:
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:
•    Inappropriate and/or disruptive use of cell phones or other electronics
•    Talking or sleeping 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.
•    Counseling for repetitive tardiness
The following expectations apply to all courses:
•    Promptness is expected. Students should be on time for all classes and return from breaks promptly.
•    Students are expected to come to didactic, lab, and clinical experiences prepared and present as sincere, adult learners. Pre-course assignments may be required for admissions into class.
•    Phone calls and/or text messages should be returned only during scheduled breaks.
•    Cell phones must be on vibrate in the classroom and off and out of reach during testing and test reviews. In the event of an emergency, family can contact students through the AH Secretary, Vocational Nursing Program Coordinator, or Department Chair.
•    On-campus computers will only be used for classroom work.
•    All information shared by other students and instructors will remain confidential and should not be shared with others outside of the classroom or lab environment.
•    Students should not engage in ‘side-bar’ discussions during classroom, exam reviews, clinical, and lab.
•    Comments should be directed to the faculty in charge of the classroom, clinical, or lab time.
•    All students are expected to actively participate in all discussions, activities, and exercises.
•    Students are expected to be open to new ideas and experiences and to step outside of their comfort zone.
•    A positive attitude is expected and comments should give supportive feedback.
•    The classroom, clinical, and lab environment is a judgment-free zone.
•    Students are responsible for their actions and are responsible for learning as much as possible from the experiences provided.
•    Students are encouraged to seek assistance from peers and faculty when needed to be successful.
•    Student support of each other in the learning environment is encouraged and expected. Supportive relationships with each other will allow a more positive learning environment to enable all to work together as a team and develop professionally.
•    Students are also expected to follow the guidelines and policies in the LSC-PA Vocational Nursing Student Handbook.
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 the 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 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.
5. 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.
6. Lab jackets are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab.
7. Simulation/Computer Lab Assignments are mandatory. Failure to attend will result in
Additional assignments.
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.