Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1409- Section: 11
Nursing in Health and Illness II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Melissa Smith
Phone(409) 984-6339
Location:Allied Health - Room: 107-IV
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 Introduction to health problems requiring medical and surgical interventions.
Prerequisites 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
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1409 Nursing in Health and Illness I I 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.    Compare and contrast normal physiology of body systems to pathologic variations in the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: discussions, clinical case studies; exams)
2.    Compare and contrast diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: clinical case studies; reading-based discussions; exams)
3.    Incorporate nutrition, drug therapy, and nursing interventions in applying plans of care to meet the needs of the patient experiencing common medical-surgical health problems.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: case studies; clinical simulations; observed patient interactions; care plans; exams)
4.    Utilize the nursing process in providing safe care for the patient who has common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 4) Measured by: care plans; class and clinical discussions; case studies based on readings)
5.     Identify mental illness, treatment of abnormal patterns of behavior, and related nursing interventions. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams based on readings; class discussions; clinical interactions; case studies)    
6.    Demonstrate competency in safe medication administration and dosage calculations. (PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: medication competency exam; observed medication administration in skills lab and clinical; discussions)
7.    Describe the underlying theories of nursing skills using principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussions based on readings; skills check-offs; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions)
8.    Demonstrate satisfactory performance of nursing skills using evidence- based principles of safety and asepsis. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: skills check-offs; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions; discussions and clinical application of current practice in nursing based on online and in-class journals)
9.    Identify priorities of care according to the patient’s conditions. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: class and clinical case study discussions; prioritization exercises and exams; care plan activities; clinical simulations)
10.     Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities inherent in the role of the vocational nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: exams over readings of nurse practice act, current literature and class discussions; interactions in clinical setting)
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 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
(1st ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803624948
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and
Pediatric Nursing Care (1st ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803624955
Doenges, Marilyn E., Moorhouse, Mary Frances, Murr, Alice C., (2019).Nurse’s 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 (16th
ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Cuellar, Tina, (2018) HESI Comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Exam (5th ed.). St.
Louis, Mo.: Elsevier
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 1409 class: F0E32D8F
Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed
Lecture Topics
Week 1: VNSG 1409 Syllabus/Objectives Review, Med Administration Lecture, Dosage Calculation Review,
Med Administration Practice, Med Administration Check Off
Week 2: Injection Lecture, Math Exam #1, Injection Practice, Review Math Exam #1, Injection Check Off, Adult
Fluid & Electrolytes, I & O Lecture
Week 3: IV Practice, Math Exam Re-take #2, IV Check Off, IVPB Practice, Review Math Exam #2, IVPB Check
Week 4: Adult Musculoskeletal, VNSG 1409 Exam I, Care of Surgery Patient; Pre op & Post op, Clinical
Orientation Christus
Week 5: Winter Storm (Campus Closed)
Week 6: Adult GI & Bowel Disorders, Adult Cancer, Math Exam Re-take #3, Nursing Process, Documentation, Case Study Review, Clinical
Orientation, Make-up Skills Lab
Week 7: Adult GB, Liver & Pancreas
Week 8: VNSG 1409 Exam II
Week 10: Adult Endocrine, Emergency & Disaster Management & Trauma
Week 11: Adult Diabetes
Week 12: Jurisprudence/TPAPN
Week 13: VNSG 1409 Exam III
Week 14: Adult Immunity & Infection,
Week 15: Adult Skin Disorders & Burns
Week 16: VNSG 1409 Exam IV, Final Clinical Evaluations
Week 17: VNSG 1409 Final Exam
Major Assignments

Date: 02/10/2020 Exam 1
Date: 03/08/2020 Exam 2
Date: 04/12/2020 Exam 3
Date: 05/03/2020 Exam 4
Date: 05/10/2020 Final Exam
Computer assignments are due on an ongoing basis as scheduled.

Final Exam Date May 10, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 10, 2021 - 11:0 AM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
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 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.    There will be 4 Unit exams weighted at 15% each. The average of 4 Unit exams will be 60% of your final grade.
13.    The average of any written/computer assignments will be 5% of the course grade.
14.    A Comprehensive Final Exam given at the end of the semester must be taken and is weighted equivalent to 35% 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         15% Grade
Exam II             15% Grade
Exam III 15% Grade
Exam IV 15% Grade
Assignments 5 % Grade
65% Grade

Final Exam 35% Grade
100% Grade

18. An average of 75% or greater is necessary 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 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 Vocational Nursing Program, but also passing the NCLEX-VN. 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 (3 or more times) will be counseled and a plan of action determined which could include 5 points taken off the next exam. 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.
•    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 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.
•    Clinical uniforms are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab.
•    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 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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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.