Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1204- Section: 71
Foundations of Nursing
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Instructor Information
Instructor Devin Guidry
Hours:Office Hours: As posted and by appointment Building: Allied Health Room #: Holmes – 107 III, D. Guidry- 107 II, K. Guidry – 114, Hare –127, Reyes- 111
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.
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 Introduction to te nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness.
Prerequisites BIO 2401 & BIO 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I         
NURA 1160 Clinical (VN 1410)                         
Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program
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 1204 Foundations of Nursing 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.    Identify roles and legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of a vocational nurse as a member of the health care team in a variety of health care settings. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: exams and discussions based on readings; classroom case scenarios
2. Identify characteristics of a therapeutic nurse/client relationship. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams; case scenarios on professional boundaries
3. Examine positive mental health practices emphasizing cultural and spiritual diversity. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: cultural day activity; discussion
4.     Relate the history of nursing to the present day. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1)
Measured by: exams based on web research, class discussions and readings
5.     Recognize the components of the nursing process related to primary nursing
interventions. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams based on
readings; care plan activities; discussion of nursing process with each topic
6.     Explain Medical Terms related to the Healthcare System. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO
1) Measured by: exams based on med term online module assignments;
application of terminology into nursing documentation and patient
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 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 scope of practice for a Vocational Nurse.
PSLO 2.    Demonstrates safe, direct patient care with individuals who have predictable healthcare needs.
PSLO 3.    Exhibits professional nursing behaviors.
PSLO 4.    Cooperates with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare 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.

Medical Terminology Online with Elsevier Adaptive Learning for Exploring Medical Language, 10th Edition. Evolve. Elsevier. The course ID for this online self-directed course will be provided to you.
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A Davis
ISBN # 978-0-8036-6906-2
Gorman, L. Anwar, R. (2019) NEEB’S Mental Health Nursing (5th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. ISBN # 978-0-8036-6913-0

Lecture Topics
Week 1: Orientation, Syllabus, Med Term letter, Pre-test, & Stress & Coping, Health & Wellness, Professional Integrity
Week 2: Professional Integrity, Critical Thinking & Testing Skills
Week 3: Time Management & Leadership Skills
Week 4: Med Term Exam I, 1204 Exam I
Week 5: Critical Thinking & Nursing Process
Week 6: Med Term Exam II, Therapeutic Communication
Week 7: Cultural Diversity/Spirituality
Week 8: Med Term Exam III, 1204 Exam II
Week 9: Spring Break
Week 10: Legal & Ethical Issues
Week 11: Growth & Development/Geriatrics
Week 12: Med Term Exam IV, Foundations of Psych. Psychosocial Theories & Therapeutic Relationships
Week 13: 1204 Exam III
Week 14: Med Term Exam V
Week 15: Exam Prep
Week 16: Exam Prep
Week 17: Med Term Final, 1204 Final Exam
Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator
Major Assignments
Date: 02-11-21 Med. Term 1 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 02-11-21 Exam I 1204 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 02-25-21 Med. Term 2 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 03-11-21 Med. Term 3 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 03-11-21 Exam II 1204     Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 04-08-21 Med. Term 4 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 04-15-21 Exam III 1204 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 04-22-21 Med. Term 5 Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 05-10-21 *Final Med. Term Time: 08:00 (online)
Date: 05-10-21 *Final Exam 1204 Time: 08:00 (online)

Final Exam Date May 10, 2021 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 10, 2021 - 12:00 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 pre-requisite courses will be included on exams, as appropriate.
3.    No hat or hoodies may be worn during exams. No hats/caps/hoodies/smart watches/personal possessions other than keys, earbuds, scantron and a pencil may be brought in to the exam.
4.    No make-up unit exams are given for Foundations of Nursing or Medical Terminology. The numerical grade attained on the Comprehensive Final exam is substituted for any missed unit exam(s); providing the student has followed protocol in reporting absence.
5.    Students who log in to test 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 PRIOP to the exam or within twenty-four (24) hours of the exam. A “no-call/co-show” for an exam will result in a grade of “0”.
6.    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24 hours posttest.
7.    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. 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.
8.    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 examination. At that time, the student and instructor will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations. If a student, who scores less than “75” on a unit examination, fails to review with and instructor 5 points maybe deducted from the next unit examination. Students are required to make an appointment prior to the day before the exam.
9.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing, with documentation, within one (1) week 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.
10.    A Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken and is weighted equivalent to two (2) unit exams.
11.     Any assignment or exam submitted without a student’s name will not receive credit.

12. The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I Grade 18%
Exam II     Grade 18%
Exam III     Grade 18%
Medical Terminology Averages Grade 10%
Final Grade 36%
Total/5 = grade
13. A minimum average of 75% in VNSG 1204 independent of all other
requirements is necessary to pass the course.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Foundations of Nursing VNSG 1204 and the Medical Terminology component of this course will be conducted online and will consist of voice over power point lectures and live lectures via video/audio chat. Schedules may be changed at the discretion of the faculty and vocational nursing coordinator. All attendance policies are in effect whether conducted online or in the class room setting.
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 withdrawn from the program by the program director.
3. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the
beginning of 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 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 student’s responsibility to submit a completed 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 do so will result in a declaration of ‘No Call, No Show’ for the number of days absent and may result in the student being dismissed from 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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other Lamar State College Port Arthur is determined to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic work environment. Towards this end, the following workplace competencies are included in this course:

1.    Prioritizes patient needs according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
2.    Acquires and evaluates information through use of the nursing process.
3.    Communicates information to and receives input from the health care team to enhance the quality of care provided for the patients assigned to a nurse’s care.
4.    Utilizes critical decision-making in setting priorities of care for patients.
5.    Works well with patients and family caregivers with a variety of ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds.
6.    Identifies need for patient data, obtains it from existing sources, and evaluates its relevance and accuracy.
7. Demonstrates knowledge of own skills and abilities through clinical competency.
Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the Student Handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty. These policies will be strictly enforced. Additional policies for this course are listed below:
Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of scholastic dishonesty are prohibited and are grounds for disciplinary action according to the LSC-PA Student Handbook. Anyone who copies more than six consecutive words from a source and does not document the source has committed plagiarism. Students guilty of academic misconduct either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition, to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular Lamar State College-Port Arthur procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exercise or examination or to assign an F in the course. Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, smart watches, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations or upon or review of exams unless the Special Populations coordinator has determined that such a device is a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Under any other circumstances, the use of an electronic device during an examination shall be considered academic dishonesty, and will result in appropriate sanctions as outlined in the Instructor’s Syllabus, in the Faculty Handbook (Section IX-1) and in the Student Handbook (“Academic Dishonesty”)

RULE 213.27 Good Professional Character:
(a) Good professional character is the integrated pattern of personal, academic and occupational behaviors which, in the judgment of the Board, indicates that an individual is able to consistently conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the Nursing Practice Act, the Board's rules and regulations, and generally accepted standards of nursing practice including, but not limited to, behaviors indicating honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability, and integrity.
•    Lamar State College – Port Arthur (LSCPA) is a no smoking campus. Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all LSCPA properties at any time
•    Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.
•    Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, “smart” watches, MP3 players, 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 and/or smart watches allowed during class and/or exams.

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:
•    I understand that promptness is expected. I will be on time for the beginning of all classes and will return from breaks promptly.
•    I understand that I am expected to come to theory and lab experiences prepared and present myself as a sincere, adult learner.
•    I will return phone calls and/or text messages only during scheduled breaks.
•    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.
•    I agree that on-campus computers will only be used for classroom work.
•    I agree that all information shared by other students and instructors will remain confidential.
•    I will not repeat or discuss what is shared with anyone.
•    I agree that I will not engage in ‘side-bar’ discussions.
•    I agree that I will direct my comments to the front of the room.
•    I agree to participate in all discussions, activities, and exercises.
•    I agree to be open to new ideas and experiences.
•    I agree to take risks and step outside of my comfort zone.
•    I agree to maintain a positive attitude.
•    I agree to give supportive feedback and make corrections without belittling anyone.
•    I agree to suspend judgment and be responsible for my actions.
•    I agree to be responsible for learning as much as I can from this experience.
•    I agree to ask for what I need from my instructors.
•    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.
•    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 uses of cell phones and/or other electronic 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.
Lamar State College -Port Arthur is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, or ethnic origin.
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact Dean of Library Services, at 984-6216.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.
A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to My.LamarPA.edu and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.
Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.
The Registrar’s office is in Student Center 303B, and the phone number is 984- 6165.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.