Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1462- Section: 12
Clinical-Licensed Practical-Vocational Nurse Training
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Instructor Information
Instructor Deborah Lawson
Phone(409) 984-6360
Location:Allied Health - Room: 128
Hours:As posted and by appointment
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 A Health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Prerequisites VNSG 1227 Essentials of Med Administration,

VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing

VNSG 1231 Pharmacology

VNSG 1400 Nursing Health/Wellness I

VNSG 1261 Clinical
Learning Outcomes
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 legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing

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 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.

Nursing Diagnosis Handbook by ACKLEY. 11th ed. 2017. Publisher: Elsevier

Vallerand Drug Guide/Tabers Index – The Perfect package: A Comprehensive Collection for Nurses. 17th ed. Publisher: Davis FA.    


ISBN: 9780323400220    

Pass point NCLEX® PN Review 5,000: Please note: No other NCLEX® PN Review will be accepted. You must use the NCLEX® PN Passpoint access code provided to you for your VNSG 1409 class (see VNSG 1409 syllabus) and VNSG 1234 class (see VNSG 1234 syllabus)

HESI Case study testing packet must be purchased and it is good for 2 years, this package will include HESI case Studies as well as the HESI exams that must be taken each level of the VN program

Swift River Online Learning
Lecture Topics
Clinical days are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (0630-1500) OR (1330-2130)

Assignments due according to individual students schedule

Clinical Evaluations by appointment

Week 1: Medication Administration Lab, Math Competency Exam #1

Week 2: Injections Lab

Week 3: Intravenous Infusion/ Intermittent Infusion Lab, Math Competency Exam #2

Week 4: Intravaneous Infusion/Intravaneous Piggy Back Lab

Week 5: Winter Storm (Campus Closed)

Week 6: Math Competency Exam #3, Facility Clinical Orientation, Make-Up Skills Lab

Week 7: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 8: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 9: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 10: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 11: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 12: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 13: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 14: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 15: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning     

Week 16: Clinical Care, Clinical Reasoning

Week 16: Clinical Evaluations    
Major Assignments

Medication Competency

Medical-Surgical Case Study

Medical-Surgical Case Study

PACU Objectives

Clinical Portfolio

Pedi HESI Online case study

Emergency Room Objectives

Makeup assignments (if applicable)

Swift River Dosage Assignments

Keith RN Case Studies

Final Exam Date May 10, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 10, 2021 - 12:0 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F

(S) Satisfactory (U) Unsatisfactory

*** If clinical performance is “U” an F is given no matter the grade on assigned clinical paper work***
Determination of
Final Grade
The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work/computer assignments which is given a numerical grade and (2) Clinical performance which is graded as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). A student must achieve a minimum average of 74.5% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance to pass the course.

The grade received on the written work will be the grade assigned for the course on the transcript provided the student has a satisfactory on clinical performance. Students with an unsatisfactory for clinical performance will receive a grade of “F” for the course regardless of the numerical grade on the written work. Failure to have completed written objectives for specialty areas by date of rotation will result in a grade of “0” and denial of specialty rotation. THIS CAN RESULT IN FAILURE OF CLINICALS

The student must pass a written medication administration competency evaluation with a minimum score of 85. The student will have three opportunities to achieve a minimum score of 85. The students’ grade will be averaged by the number of attempts taken to pass the test. i.e.: 1, 2 or 3. Students who do not achieve a minimum score of 85 on the third medication administration evaluation will not be allowed to continue in the course and will be unable to complete required clinical objectives. Therefore, the student will be unable to successfully pass the course. The student will also be required to drop the MedSurg co-requisite course.

Clinical evaluations are completed twice each semester. Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate competent patient care, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times when in the clinical area. Evaluations are done by the clinical instructor with input from staff at affiliating agency, patients and others as appropriate. Students will sign the evaluation. Their signature attests to the fact that the evaluation conference occurred. It does not signify agreement with the evaluation. Students are given an opportunity to comment in writing on the evaluation. A student's unsatisfactory midsemester clinical evaluation while in the program permits continuation in the program with continued emphasis on upgrading deficiencies. The student's unsatisfactory clinical evaluation at the end of the semester results in a clinical course grade of "U" and prohibits further continuation in the program.

Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) in clinical and achieve a 75 course grade in the mandatory co-requisite course to progress in the program. Students who fail VNSG 1409 Nursing in Health and Illness II and/or VNSG 1234 Pediatric Nursing and repeat the Course(s) will also be required to repeat the clinical co-requisite course. All courses listed in a given semester of the program must be completed prior to progressing to the next semester. Each didactic and co-requisite clinical course, as listed for each semester, is a prerequisite for the nursing courses listed in the subsequent semester(s), and must be satisfactorily completed prior to graduating from the nursing program.

Case Study packet and Objectives for specialty areas may be found in the clinical notebook. Case studies and written assignments are to be turned in as determined by instructor. Assignments will be given to and graded by the instructor to whom the student is assigned on due date.

Rubrics will be utilized by the instructor for grading the case studies and objectives. Any section of the case study rubric that the student receives a ‘0’ (zero) in must be corrected for the student to receive the assigned grade. Corrections must be completed within one week of receiving the case study from the instructor. If the case study is not returned in one week with corrections, a ‘0’ (zero) will be given for the case study. If a student scores less than 75 on a case study, the student should meet with the faculty to determine strategies to improve performance on subsequent case studies. Rubrics will be utilized by the instructor for grading case studies and objectives. Any section of the Care Plan Case study rubric that the student receives a ‘0” zero in must be corrected within one week of receiving the case study from the instructor by completing an additional care plan using the #2 problem of the patient. If the student does not resubmit the second care plan, the student will receive a 0 (zero) for the care plan rubric grade. If a student scores less than a 75 on a case study, the student should meet with the faculty to determine strategies to improve on subsequent case studies. (alternate???)

Clinical Grade is determined as follows:

Medication Competency     grade (average if more than one attempt)

Medical-Surgical Case Study grade

Medical-Surgical Case Study grade

Pedi Case Study grade

Emergency Room Objectives     grade

PACU Objectives         grade

Clinical Portfolio         grade

Community Assignment grade

Community Assignment grade

** Additional Objectives /computer assignments (or any other assignment deemed necessary by the Vocational Nursing faculty and/or director)

Students must have a 75 average and a satisfactory rating on the clinical evaluation tool to pass the course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Policies for this course are described below:

Because poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment, attendance at all scheduled clinical is expected.

Clinical Orientation is MANDATORY for all students. Students who do not attend clinical orientation may not be allowed to attend clinical and may be dismissed from the program.

A student who is absent from clinical for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program director. A student who is absent from clinical without notification to faculty, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence from class or clinical. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty and that s/he is unable to attend clinical. Each clinical instructor will supply a contact number for the student. The student can call and leave a message if the instructor does not answer. If the student is unable to contact the instructor, 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. Assignments for absence are as follows

a. 1st Care Plan

b. 2nd 50 Question Passpoint Quiz

c. 3rd SwiftRiver/HESI Evolve Case Study

A doctor’s excuse may be required along with the assignment to return.

Note: Make-up work will NOT count towards the student’s Clinical average.

Students who arrive after assigned clinical time will be counseled and may not be allowed to remain. If the student is sent home s/he will be counted absent from clinical. If the student is sent home s/he will be counted absent from clinical.

Students must be present the entire clinical day, including post/pre-conference to get credit for their attendance.

Since clinical is such an important component of the VN Program, students are required to attend 100 percent of the scheduled clinical days in any given semester. Additional written work will be required if the student is absent from clinical. The additional written work will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating only. A satisfactory rating is required for all make up work for missed clinical time. The additional written work for missed clinical days will not be counted towards the clinical letter grade average. Any student who misses any clinical days in a semester may receive an unsatisfactory (U) in the clinical course and be required to repeat both the didactic and clinical courses. Absence of the required clinical days necessitates the Standards Committee to review the student’s performance in the VN Program. Students who:

Have a 75 test average in the didactic course

Have satisfactory written work in the clinical course

Are up-to-date on skills check-offs in clinical

prior to the most recent absence may be allowed to continue in clinical. Students will

be required to do additional written work to continue in clinical. Students who do not

meet the above criteria may be dismissed for the semester.

Any student who is “no call, no show” for clinical demonstrates a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct. Therefore, s/he may fail clinical that semester and must repeat both the clinical and didactic courses to progress in the program. The only possible exception is if a student is physically unable to call the faculty.

Students may be required to attend seminars or workshops to meet clinical objectives. Students will be informed in advance of the requirements. They are expected to attend the entire workshop as scheduled even if it extends past the regularly scheduled clinical time.

The clinical instructor keeps an attendance record. Any student who is not sure about his/her status should meet with the instructor by appointment.

The program director has the right to initiate the administrative withdrawal of any student whose attendance, conduct, scholastic abilities, attitude or lack of aptitude for vocational 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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Other I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
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.