VNSG-1510-01 - Nurs Hlth-Illness III
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Summer I 2015 Course Syllabus
VNSG-1510-01 - Nurs Hlth-Illness III
|Semester||Summer I 2015|
|Instructor||Lawson, Deborah Golding|
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|Course Description||Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness. Further study of common medical and surgical health problems including concepts of mental illness. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse.|
|Course Prerequisites||Mandatory Co-requisite: VNSG 1463 Clinical. Also, to graduate from the VN program, it is required that you must complete either Microcomputers (COSC 1301) or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) within five years from point of graduation. Students must have a minimum grade of C or better in every course that applies to the Vocational Nursing Certificate plan to graduate|
deWit, C. (2014). Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing (4th ed.). St Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
deWitt, C.& Kumagai, C. (2014). Medical-surgical Nursing Concepts and Practice (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
Morrison-Valfre (2013) Foundations of Mental Health Care (5th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.Langford, R. (2013).
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (22nd ed.). (2013). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
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 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 fifteen (15) minutes 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. Students who arrive after an exam starts, but before it ends, may take the exam without penalty. They are given no additional time.
7. Lab jackets are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab.
|Course Grading Scale||
90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 74-60 = D Below 60 = F
|Determination of Final Grade||
. Examinations are based on course objectives.
2. Course content from the pre-requisite courses will be included on exams, as appropriate.
3. All unit exams and the Final Exam (Comprehensive Reach Exit Exam) must be taken.
4. Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. If a student must miss an exam, the student must contact the instructor prior to the exam to schedule a make-up. A “no call/no show” for an exam will result in a grade of “0”.
5. 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. NO questions may be asked during exams. No hats/caps/hoodies may be worn during exams. 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 and should come in quietly taking the first available seat.
7. 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 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, every gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.
8. If a student scores less than “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.
9. Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing with documentation within one week of 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 references.
10. The average of the four (4) unit exams and the fundamentals exam will be weighted equivalent to 60% of the VNSG 1510 grade.
11. Assignments or exams submitted without a student’s name will not receive credit.
12. The Reach HESI exam is given as the final exam for VNSG 1510. A student must have a 74.5 average on the 4 unit exams and the fundamental exam to be able to take the Reach exit test. All unit exams must be taken.
Completion of the Exit Exam with a prediction score of 900 or greater indicates that the student has a high probability of passing the NCLEX-PN.
13. The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Fundamental Exam 12% Grade
Exam I 12% Grade
Exam II 12% Grade
Exam III 12% Grade
Exam IV 12% Grade
Total / 5 = 60% of Grade
REACH conversion score (VNSG 1510 Final) = 40% of Grade
14. A minimum average of 75%, independent of all other requirements, is necessary to pass the course. All VNSG 1510 Exams must be taken.
|Final Exam Date||August 10, 2015 - 8:00 AM|
Date: 06/04/15 Fundamental Exam Time: 0800
Date: 6/18/15 Exam I Time: 0800
Date: 7/9/15 Exam II Time 0800
Date: 7/23/15 Exam III Time 0800
Date 8/6/15 Exam IV Time: 0800
Date: 08/10/15 Reach Final exam Time: 0800
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Review 1510 Syllabus/Objectives, Central Line/Lymph Lecture, BON Paperwork, IV Practice, Math Review 1463
Week 2: Central Line Practice, Math Exam Review, Central Line Check-off, Fundamentals Exam, Respiratory Lecture
Week 3: Mental Health Lecture # 1,
Week 4: 1510 Exam I
Week 5: Cardiac Lecture, Eye/Ear
Week 6: 1510 Exam II, Mental Health Lecture # 2
Week 7: Neuro
Week 8: Jurisprudence, Mental Health# 3
Week 9: Renal Lecture,
Week 10: Professionalism/ resume
Week 11: Final Check offs by apt., Final Check offs by apt.
Week 12: Reach Exit Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|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.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
n accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1510 Nursing in Health and Illness III 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: reading-based discussions; exams based on readings; clinical case studies
2. Compare and contrast diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2) Measured by: reading-based discussions; exams; clinical case studies
3. Incorporate nutrition, drug therapy, and nursing interventions in safely implementing plans of care to meet the needs of the patient experiencing common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: reading-based scenarios; care plan activities; case studies; case studies; clinical simulations
4. Utilize the nursing process in safely caring for the patient with common medical-surgical health problems. (PSLO Alpha’ PSLO 2; PSLO 4) Measured by: care plan activities; class and clinical discussion; case studies based on readings
5. Identify mental illness, treatment of common 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 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 principles of selected 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 selected nursing skills using evidenced-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 readings
9. Utilize learned skills and knowledge for transition from student to graduate vocational nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: standardized and unit exams based on readings and discussions; clinical skills check-offs in lab and clinical setting; patient, family and healthcare team interactions; clinical observations and evaluations; case studies
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 comprehension of nurse practice act, current literature and class discussions; interactions in clinical setting
11. Identify priorities of care according to the patient’s condition. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: class and clinical case study discussions; prioritization exercises and exam objectives; care plan activities; simulation
|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.|
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
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The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
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A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
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.
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