Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1234- Section: 11
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Instructor Information
Instructor Joanna Gott
Phone(409) 984-6357
Location:Allied Health - Room: 111
Hours:Online Class Format Available by above listed email 8AM - 3 PM Monday - Tuesday
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Study of the care of the pediatric patient and family during health and disease. Emphasis on growth and developmental needs utilizing the nursing process.
Prerequisites VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I    
VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration
VNSG 1231 Pharmacology
VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, this course assists students to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success as a vocational nurse. VNSG 1234 Pediatrics provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for students to:
1.    Identify safety principles related to child care. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams and discussions based on readings; clinical simulations; observed clinical rotations; case studies
2.    Identify common childhood illnesses. (PSLO Alpha) Measured by: discussions and exams based on assigned readings, current literature and internet news
3.    Utilize the nursing process to provide safe care for the well or ill child. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: case studies and care plans; discussions based on reading assignments; simulations and clinical rotations
4.    Apply concepts of growth and development when providing care to pediatric patients. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical rotation interactions based on assigned readings, class discussions, simulations and case studies
5.    Discuss nursing care of pediatric patients and their families in various settings. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussions based on readings; case studies and care plan exercises; clinical interactions
6.    Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the vocational nurse in administering medications to pediatric patients. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: discussions and exams based on assigned readings and nurse practice act; skills check-offs and simulations; observed clinical interactions and experiences
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.    Functions within the scope of practice for a vocational nurse.
PSLO 2.    Demonstrates safe, direct patient care with individuals who have predictable health care needs.
PSLO 3.    Exhibits professional nursing behaviors.
PSLO 4.    Cooperate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide evidence-based care.

Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Williams, Linda, Hopper, Paula, (2019) Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (6th ed.).Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN # 9780803668980
Hopper, Paula, Williams, Linda, (2019) Study Guide for Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #978080366900
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
ISBN # 9780803669062
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9780803669079
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803624948
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and
Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis
ISBN #9780803624955
Doenges, Marilyn E., Moorhouse, Mary Frances, Murr, Alice C., (2019).Nurses
Pocket Guide-Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales (15th
ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9780803676442
Van Leeuwen, Anne M., Bladh, Mickey Lynn, (2019). Comprehensive Manual of
Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (8thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Vallerand, April Hazard, Sanoski, Cynthia A., (2019). Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses
(16thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Cuellar, Tina, (2018) HESI Comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Exam
(5th ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier
Davis Edge
Online HESI Case Studies: Complete PN Collection (2 Year Version)
Swiftriver Online-Purchase information to follow
NCLEX PN Pass Point: Please note: No other NCLEX PN Review will be accepted. You must use the NCLEX PN Pass Point access code provided to you for this class.
Pass Point access code for this VNSG 1234 Class: 10E50B35
Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed
Lecture Topics
Week 1 : Syllabus; Pedi, infant, toddler
Week 2: School age, Adol
Week 3: GI
Week 4: Exam I; Skin
Week 5: Respiratory; Review Exam I
Week 6: Communicable Diseases
Week 7: Exam II
Week 8: Musculoskeletal, review Exam 2, Abused child
Week 9: Spring Break
Week 10: Hematology/oncology
Week 11: GU
Week 12: Exam 3
Week 13 :Sensory Neuro
Week 14: Metabolic
Week 15: CV
Week 16: Exam 4/Pedi HESI
Week 17: Final Exam

Major Assignments

02/9/21 Exam I TBA

03/02/21 Exam II TBA

04/06/21 Exam III TBA

05/05/21 Exam IV TBA

05/07/21 HESI TBA

05/12/21 Final Exam TBA

Final Exam Date May 12, 2021 - 9:0 AM   Through  May 12, 2021 - 12:0 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 70- 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 required to make an appointment with an instructor prior to the next 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. The Final exam grade will be weighted 30% of final grade.
13. Assignment or exam submitted without student’s name will not receive credit
14. The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I - 13.75
Exam II - 13.75
Exam III - 13.75
Exam IV- 13.75
Pedi Hesi - 10
Comp/PP 5
Final - 30
TO TA L = 100

An average of 75% or greater is necessary to pass the course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies     Students attending classroom, lab, or clinical sessions virtually should exhibit appropriate etiquette to include at a minimum: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life; Respect faculty and peers time by being on time to scheduled exams, sessions and activities; and present yourself in a professional manner.

Activities or presentations may include a deduction of points if professional behavior or appearance is not maintained.

Required assignments and specific dates for work to be turned in must be met by the student. Unless turned in by the deadline there will be a drop-in grade for lateness. Previous arrangements between the student and instructor for late work may allow for a reduced late point penalty. Grammar and sentence structure, spelling, legibility, neatness and following directions as to organization are related to acceptable quality in both written and oral assignments.

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

No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, smart watches 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 without faculty permission.

Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all LSCPA properties at any time.

Additional classroom policies include:
Students and faculty of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Upward 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.

The following behaviors may 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;
Displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students;
disruptive behaviors in the classroom, skills/simulation lab, computer lab, testing environment, or clinical setting;
Counseling for repetitive tardiness.

The following expectations apply to all courses:
Promptness is expected. Students should be on time for all classes on campus or virtually 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 admission 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.

If students must leave the classroom during content presentations they must wait until the break to return to the classroom.

On-campus computers should 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.

Homework assignments completed during classroom sessions will result in a grade of zero, unless otherwise instructed.

Students are also expected to follow the guidelines and policies in the LSC-PA Vocational Nursing Student Handbook.

If a student is unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur
Attendance Policy This class will be a hybrid class and will consist of online & in class lecture, labs, and assignments.
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 or delay from scheduled activities PRIOR TO scheduled class sessions. 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 students 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.    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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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.