Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus

NURA-1160-06 - Clinical-Nurse Assist-Aide

Faculty Information
SemesterSummer I 2015
InstructorAllen, Shalanda Rochelle
Phone(409) 984-6363
Allied Health
Chair:Ben Stafford
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
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Course Information
Course Number60391
Course Description A method of instruction providing detailed education, training, and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation, and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary.
Course Prerequisites Admission to Lamar State College- Port Arthur
Required Textbooks Sorrentino, Shelia,(2012). Long-Term Care Nursing Assistants (8th edition) St. Louis, MO

State of Texas Nurse Aide Skills Performance List

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/lab/clinical is expected.

2. A student who is absent from course activities for more than three (3) days may be dropped from the program by the Program Director.

3. Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.

4. 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 after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter.

5. 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.

6. If a lab/clinical absence is unavoidable, the student must contact the instructor before 0800 on the morning of the absence and make arrangements to attend another lab/clinical session within 3 days to maintain compliance with the State mandated hourly requirements.

Course Grading Scale A satisfactory (S) is mandatory for each scheduled lab session
Determination of Final Grade System of Grading: LAB

1. A satisfactory (S) is mandatory for each scheduled lab session.

2. The student is expected to treat each scheduled lab session as a learning tool, be present, prepared with necessary supplies, and on time. The student will practice and demonstrate proficiency in the stimulated setting all selected skills and attend assigned labs fully prepared and knowledgeable to those skills.

3. The student will perform all selected "check-off" skills, while being observed by the lab instructor with minimal instructor assistance.

4. The student is responsible for viewing videos (if applicable) prior to check-off time and coming to the check-off with appropriate equipment and partner (if applicable).

5. If a student fails to receive a satisfactory (S) on a selected skills, the student may reschedule, at the instructor's convenience, one (1) make-up. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor. The student must be successfully checked-off on all selected skills prior to attending clinical.

6. Students may do only those procedures in which s/he has had classroom instruction, practiced, and been checked-off in the skills laboratory.

***Any student missing or arriving at the assigned check-off time not prepared to check-off in the allotted time will be required to meet with the lab instructor and the VN Coordinator to discuss the advisability of the student remaining in NURA 1301/1160.

7. Failure to make-up the missed lab will be grounds for dismissal

8. If the student fails to successfully check-off the student will receive a "U" (unsatisfactory) for the failed skill(s) and will not be eligible to attend the clinical portion of NURA 1301/1160, which will result in a failing grade for NURA 1301/1160.

***ALL students MUST BE PASSING with a grade of 75 or better to be eligible to attend clinical.

9. Clinical courses are graded as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). A student's unsatisfactory mid-semester clinical evaluation while in the program may permit continuation (instructor discretion) in the program with continued emphasis on upgrading deficiencies. The student's unsatisfactory clinical evaluation at the end of the semester will result in a clinical course grade of "U" and prohibits further continuation in the program. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) in clinical and achieve a grade of 75 or greater to successfully complete the program, and take the skills and written state exam for nurse aide certification. If a student receives a "75" or greater in NURA 1301 and a "U" in NURA 1160 the student will receive a letter grade of "D" in NURA 1301.

10. Clinical evaluations are complete twice in semester (verbal) mid-term and a written evaluation at the end of semester. Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate competent client 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 with the affiliating agency, clients, and others as appropriate.

11. Students should not attend clinical at a site in which they are employed. The student is responsible for notifying the instructor therefore arrangements can be made to attend another site.

I. Uniform Polices:

The comfort, security, and well being of the client is dependent upon the nurse's level of knowledge and competence, however, in addition to this, it is influenced by the nurse's personal hygiene, appearance, and behavior. Poor grooming and inappropriate behavior may convey to the client and family a feeling of carelessness. Therefore, students enrolled in the LSC-PA Nurse Assistant Program are expected to conform to the following uniform policies.

1. The student will wear the official uniform of the Nurse Assistant Program at all time during clinical. It is okay to wear a white crewneck shirt under uniform. Tattoos must be covered while in clinical setting.

2. Standard name pin will be worn at all times in the clinical setting. It is white with blue letters. Lamar State College-Port Arthur is on the first line. The student's first name and last initial are on the second line. The third line should state Basic Nursing Student.

3. All students are to bathe and use deodorant prior to coming to clinical each day. Do not wear scented powders or perfume.

4. All students are to wear clean newly laundered wrinkle-free uniforms to clinical each day.

5. Shoes are to be white as the primary color, good threads, closed toes, and heels, and in good condition. No canvas shoes are to be worn.

6. White hose or socks are to be worn (hose with skirts).

7. Fingernails must be clean and in reasonable length for safe client care, not to exceed 1/8 inch beyond the fingertip. No artificial nails are allowed. No nail polish is permitted.

8. Hair must be clean, neat and in no way interfere with client care. If long, it must be fastened back from the face and secured so that the long ends remain behind the shoulders during patient care delivery.

9. Only a watch; plain ring band without stones; and one pair of small pearl, silver, gold studs may be worn in the lowest hole of the ears while in uniform. No other body jewelry is allowed.

10. Cosmetics must be used moderately and attractively applied.

11. Sideburns, mustaches, and beards are acceptable on campus, but may be inappropriate in certain clinical facilities. Students are to meet the standard of the facility.

12. Laminated Skill cards, B/P cuff, stethoscope, pen and paper are required for clinical.

Students are to adhere to the uniform policy. Faculty have the right to send a student home who comes to clinical without complying with the uniform regulations. This will result in a clinical absence.

13. Students must pass a mock skills test performed by the instructor before becoming eligible to take the State NACES Examination.

The last day to drop or withdraw from the course without academic penalty:
Final Exam Date July 31, 2015 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Teaching Project / Excluded during Summer Sessions
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Introduction into Long-Term Care and Resident’s Rights

Week 2: Communicating with the Health Care Team

Week 3: Nutrition and Fluids, Confusion and Dementia

Week 4: Common Health Care Diseases

Week 5: Safety and Preventing Falls

Week 6: Body Mechanics

Week 7: Sexuality

Week 8: Urinary and Bowel Elimination

Week 9: Hygiene and Grooming

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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 Program Student Learning Outcomes        Upon completion of the Basic Nursing Course students will be able to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities:

PSLO Alpha: Demonstrate comprehension of content- area reading material.

PSLO 1.        Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.

PSLO 2.        Provide safe care to multiple patients who have diverse health care needs.

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.

Course Student Learning Outcomes Course Student Learning Outcomes

        In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA NURA 1301 Nursing students will develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as basic nurse. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:        

1. Provide basic care to residents in a long-term care facility.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: unit exams, skill lab evaluation and clinical care based on textbook and Long-term care curriculum reading assignments        

2.        Communicate and interact effectively with residents and their families based on sensitivity to the psychosocial needs.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: unit exams, clinical interactions with patients and families based on discussions and reading assignments        

3.        Assist residents in attaining and maintaining basic comfort and safety. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: observed application of principles of safe basic nursing care in the clinical setting; unit examinations and classroom discussions

4.         Protect, support, and promote the rights of the residents. Demonstrate skills in observing and reporting.(PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: interactions and evaluation of safe basic nursing care in the clinical setting based on textbook and Long-term care curriculum reading assignments, skills lab practice and classroom discussions        

5. Provide safety and preventive measures in the care of residents. Function effectively as a member of the health care team. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: observed application of principles of safe basic nursing care in the clinical setting; unit examinations and role-play scenarios in skills lab setting        

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
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • 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, 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.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations 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 the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice 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 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 located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


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  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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