Lamar State College - Port Arthur

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Summer I 2017 Course Syllabus

RNSG-2361-01 - Clinical RN

 
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Faculty Information
SemesterSummer I 2017
InstructorFord Arceneaux, Cynthia E
Phone(409) 984-6361
E-mailarceneauxce@lamarpa.edu
Department
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365
E-mail:macneisb@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:As posted and by appointment
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room:126
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Course Information
Course Number60627
Course 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 a clinical professional.
Course Prerequisites RNSG 1118 Professional Nursing Competencies
RNSG 1228 Introduction to Health Care Concepts
RNSG 1260 Transition Clinical
Required Textbooks Ackley, B. & Ladwig, G. (2013). Nursing diagnosis handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care. (10th ed). St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Elsevier.
Giddens, J (2017). Concepts for nursing practice (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier
Halter, M. (2014). Varcarolis' foundations of psychiatric mental health nursing: A clinical approach. (7th ed). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Jarvis (2016) Physical examination & health assessment (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier
Lewis, S., Dirksen, S., Heitkemper, M. & Bucher, L. (2017). Medical‐Surgical nursing, assessment and management of clinical problems. (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO. Elsevier.
Myers, E. (2014). RNotes®: Nurse's clinical pocket guide (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Perry, S.; Hockenberry, M.; Lowdermilk, D. & Wilson, D. (2014). Maternal child nursing. (5th ed). St Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Potter, P., Perry, A., Ostendorf, W. (2014). Clinical nursing skills & techniques (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Rischer, K. (2015). Think like a nurse: practical preparation for professional practice (2nd ed).
Swift River Online Simulation Subscription
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. (22nd ed). (2013). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Vallereand, A. & Sanoski, C. (2016). Davis’s drug guide for nurses. (15th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Davis Company.
Van Leeuwen, A. & Bladh, M. (2015). Comprehensive handbook of laboratory & diagnostic tests with nursing implication (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Zerwehk, J. & Garneau, A. (2012). Nursing today: Transitions and Trends. (7th ed). St. Louis, MO: Saunders.
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 Upward Mobility Nursing Program, but also passing the NCLEX-RN. 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 (2 or more times) will be counseled and a plan of action determined. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive ten (10) minutes after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter. Repetitive tardiness will result in a 5 point deduction on next exam grade.
•    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.
•    Since clinical is such an important component of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program, students are required to attend 100 percent of the scheduled clinical days in any given semester.
•    Students must be present the entire clinical day, including pre/post-conference to get credit for their attendance.
•    Additional activities, written work, and/or make-up clinical simulation time will be required if a student is absent from clinical. The assigned clinical instructor will determine appropriate clinical make-up work dependent upon the clinical experienced missed. If the absence is in a specialty area such as (Maternal Child, Pediatrics and Psychiatric Nursing) a make-up clinical experience is required as directed by the level faculty.
•    A student who misses any clinical time in a semester may receive an unsatisfactory (U) in the clinical course and be required to repeat both the didactic and clinical courses.
•    Two or more absences from clinical will necessitate the Standards Committee to review the student’s performance in the Upward Mobility Nursing 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 continue in clinical until the review committee meets and makes a decision.
•    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, the student may fail clinical that semester and must repeat both the clinical and didactic courses to progress in the program. A student is “No call no show” if the student is absent from clinical and fails to contact the instructor during the 24-hour period in which the clinical is scheduled.
•    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.
•    It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty that s/he is unable to attend clinical. Each clinical instructor will provide assigned students a cell phone number; the student can call and leave a message if the instructor does not answer. In addition to the assigned clinical instructor, the charge nurse on the assigned clinical unit is to be notified before pre-conference so that arrangements for the care of a given patient, saved for a particular student's educational experience, can be made. It is expected that the student will appreciate the responsibility both the student and LSCPA has assumed in having a client assigned for educational purposes. The student should also email the faculty.
•    Students who arrive up to fifteen minutes after assigned clinical time will be counseled on the first occurrence and allowed to stay. Students who arrive, up to fifteen minutes, after assigned clinical time on two (2) or more occasions will be counseled and not allowed to remain. This will count as a clinical absence.
•    Students who fail to submit completed written objectives prior to assigned rotation to designated areas will be sent home. This is a clinical absence.
•    Simulation clinical days will have assigned activities to complete prior to arriving at simulation. Failure to submit the assignments upon arriving to the simulation lab will result in the student being sent home for the day. This will count as a clinical absence.
•    The clinical instructor keeps an attendance record. A student who is unsure about his/her status should meet with the instructor by appointment. Failure to comply with the clinical absence policy may result in a clinical failure or dismissal from the program.
•    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 registered nursing makes it inadvisable for that student to continue in the program.
•    Pre-conference for the clinical experience begins promptly at the designated time. It is expected that everyone will be in complete uniform, with all required items, and signed in by this time.
•    If, for any reason, a student will be late for their clinical experience, the instructor must be notified in advance. As with absences, adjustments will need to be made in client/patient care. Tardiness may be taken into consideration and reflected in the student’s clinical evaluation.
•    A 15 minute period is allowed after the designated clinical start time. The start time for Pre-conference clinical is typically 0630, and after 0645 a student is considered absent and will be sent home.
•    All students are required to check in with faculty prior to going to assigned area.
•    Three (3) tardies = 1 clinical day absence.
•    Considering the rapid pace that must be maintained in the education program, coupled with the frequent and sometimes daily change in clinical focus, absences can affect the successful completion of the clinical learning objectives.
•    The student must initiate the submission of the clinical make up form when it becomes necessary to make up a clinical specialty experience with faculty approval. The clinical make up form can be found in the LSCPA Upward Mobility Student Handbook Appendix E.




Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 74-60 = D 59 or Below = F
Determination of Final Grade The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work 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 75% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance which is determined by: meeting the required clinical hours and achieving satisfactory on the Clinical Evaluation 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 satisfactorily complete written objectives for specialty areas by due date will result in a grade of “0” and denial of specialty rotation. THIS WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF CLINICAL.

The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Medical Surgical Case study    weighted 20%
Specialty (OB) Case Study weighted 15%
Maternal/Newborn Objectives weighted 10%
Clinical Reflections/Discussions (avg) weighted 15%
Swift River assignments (avg) weighted 15%
Teaching Project weighted 15%
Med Administration Exam (avg) weighted 10%

Students must demonstrate accurate calculation of medication dosages within 3 attempts each semester. Examples of Medication administration problems will be available in each course. Medication administration questions, which will include dosage calculations, will also be on the majority of didactic course exams.
The student must pass a written medication administration competency evaluation in RNSG 2361 with a minimum score of 95. The student will have three opportunities to achieve a minimum score of 95. Students who do not achieve a minimum score of 95 by the third medication administration exam will not be allowed to continue in the program. If more than one medication administration exam is required, the average will be used for determination of the medication administration exam grade.

First unsuccessful demonstration of Math/Medication Competency -
•    Classroom setting group remediation will be provided by faculty.
Second unsuccessful demonstration of Math/Medication Competency –
•    The student meets with the assigned clinical faculty and/or other faculty members for individual remediation and retests* within one week after individual remediation.
Third unsuccessful demonstration of Math/Medication Competency –
•    The instructor withdraws the student from the nursing courses.

*Failure to keep an appointment for a repeat skill demonstration or competency exam is the same as an unsuccessful demonstration.


Clinical evaluation is derived from student demonstration of developing practical skills and knowledge in the clinical and campus laboratory areas that indicate an integration and utilization of theory to provide nursing care. This requires considerable personal responsibility and skills of critical thinking on the part of the student. Behaviors include performance that may be tested and evaluated, achievement of objectives, preparation for clinical assignment and aspects of personal responsibility, such as appropriate participation in pre/post-conferences, punctuality, etc.

The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work 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 75% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance to pass the course.

An evaluation of UNSATISFACTORY on critical behaviors during the midterm or final evaluation indicates that the quality of nursing practice is judged to be unsafe, inaccurate, and/or incompetent clinical practice. Such an evaluation, earns a failure in the clinical course and withdrawal from the corresponding theory course; this refers to the program courses that must be taken concurrently. If the clinical failure occurs after the college designated withdrawal date, the student may be allowed to complete the theory course. Regardless of grade earned in the theory course a clinical failure requires repeating the clinical course as well as the corresponding theory course. Clinical failures, based on violation of standards as stated in Critical Elements, will not be considered for re-admission.

If the student receives a U (unsatisfactory) based on clinical performance, the student will receive an ‘F’ in the course; regardless of the numerical grade that the student has in the clinical course. The student’s clinical performance must be satisfactory to remain in the program or to progress to the next level.
Final Exam Date August 9, 2017 - 8:00 AM   Through  August 9, 2017 - :00
Major Assignments Medical-Surgical Case Study
Specialty Case Study
Maternal/Newborn Objectives
Clinical Reflections/Discussions (avg)
Swift River assignments (avg)        
Teaching Project
Med Administration Exam (avg)
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1 (June 7, 2017): Orientation; Math/Medication Review; Math/Medication Exam; Maternal/Newborn Objectives; Community Service Request
Week 2 (June 14, 2017): Swift River assignments
Week 3 (June 21, 2017): Clinical Reflection; Swift River assignments
Week 4 (June 28, 2017): Teaching Project Planning items due; Swift River assignments
Week 5 (July 5, 2017): Swift River assignments
Week 6 (July 12, 2017): Medical-Surgical Case Study; Swift River assignments; Teaching Projects begin
Week 7 (July 19, 2017): Clinical Reflection; Swift River assignments; Teaching Projects continue
Week 8 (July 26, 2017): Maternal/Newborn Specialty Case Study; Swift River assignments; Teaching Projects continue
Week 9 (August 2, 2017): Clinical Reflection; Swift River assignments; Submit Community Attendance Record; Teaching Projects end
Week 10 (August 9, 2017): Final Evaluations
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 Upon completion of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program graduates will be able to:
PSLO Alpha: Reading Skills – Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading materials.

PSLO 1.    Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse while promoting safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.

PSLO 2.    Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs in various health care settings demonstrating knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.

PSLO 3.    Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based upon the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures for decision-making, demonstration of skills with patient care technologies and information systems, and providing comprehensive, safe patient care.

PSLO 4. Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based safe care that reflects the value and ethics of the nursing profession.
Course Student Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College - Port Arthur, this course encourages the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in the field of Associate Degree Nursing. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:    
1.    Function within the nurse’s legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the employing health care institution or practice setting. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
2.    Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
3.    Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
4.    Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self- analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
5.    Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the diploma or associate degree nursing program of study and evidence-based practice outcomes as a basis for decision-making in nursing practice. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
6.    Determine the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data derived from the diploma or associate degree nursing program of study. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
7.    Analyze assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
8.    Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families through a broad array of health care services. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
9.    Implement the plan of care for patients and their families within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
10.    Evaluate and report patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks from evidence-based practice, and plan follow-up nursing care. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
11.    Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients and their families to address health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
12.    Coordinate human, information, and material resources in providing care for patients and their families. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
13.    Act as a Patient Advocate for safety using the Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
14.    Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
15.    Formulate goals and outcomes using evidence-based data to reduce patient risks. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
16.    Obtain instruction, supervision, or training, as needed, when implementing nursing procedures or practices. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
17.    Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
18.    Accept and make assignments and delegate tasks that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
19.    Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient-centered care. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
20.    Serve as a health care advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to health care for patients and their families. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
21.    Refer patients and their families to resources that facilitate continuity of care; health promotion, maintenance, and restoration; and ensure confidentiality. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
22.    Communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients and their families. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
23.    Communicate and manage information using technology to support decision making to improve patient care. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
24.    Assign and/or delegate nursing care to other members of the health care team based upon an analysis of patient or unit need. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
25.    Supervise nursing care provided by others for whom the nurse is responsible by using evidence-based nursing practice. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments, observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members, and evaluation of delivery of patient care.
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.

    •    Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the clinical/lab setting, except by special instructor permission.

    •    No food or tobacco products are allowed in the lab or clinical setting.

    •    Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all LSCPA properties and assigned clinical facilities at any time.

    •    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, lab, or clinical 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 lab or clinical setting.

    •    No cell phones should be visible during lab or at the clinical facility.

    •    Lab jackets, with visible name tag, are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab, when entering the clinical facility, anytime the student leaves the assigned clinical unit, and upon exiting the facility.

    •    When completing required Community Service hours students must wear clinical uniform or LSCPA shirt based upon preference of community agency. Community Clinical attire must be preapproved by clinical faculty.



    Additional classroom/clinical policies include:

    Students and faculty of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Upward Mobility Nursing Program are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom/clinical 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/clinical behavior.



    The following behaviors will result in the student being asked to cease the action, lose five (5) points on the next exam, and/or leave the classroom, clinical or labs:

    •    Inappropriate and/or disruptive use of cell phones or other electronics;

    •    talking or sleeping while the instructor is giving instructions or during class, clinical or lab discussions/presentations;

    •    or displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor, clinical staff, or other students.



    The following expectations apply to all courses:

    •    Promptness is expected. Students should be on time for all classes, clinical, or lab and return from breaks promptly.

    •    Students are expected to come to didactic, lab, and clinical experiences prepared and present as sincere, adult learners.

    •    Phone calls and/or text messages will be returned only during scheduled breaks.

    •    Cell phones must be on vibrate in the classroom and off and out of reach during testing and test reviews. In the event of an emergency, family can contact students through the AH Secretary, Upward Mobility Program Coordinator, or Department Chair.

    •    On-campus computers will only be used for classroom/clinical work.

    •    All information shared by other students and instructors will remain confidential and should not be shared with others outside of the classroom or lab environment.

    •    Students should not engage in ‘side-bar’ discussions during classroom, clinical, and lab.

    •    Comments should be directed to the faculty in charge of the classroom, clinical, or lab time.

    •    All students are expected to actively participate in all discussions, activities, and exercises.

    •    Students are expected to be open to new ideas and experiences and to step outside of their comfort zone.

    •    A positive attitude is expected and comments should give supportive feedback.

    •    The classroom, clinical, and lab environment is a judgment-free zone.

    •    Students are responsible for their actions and are responsible for learning as much as possible from the experiences provided.

    •    Students are encouraged to seek assistance from peers and faculty when needed to be successful.

    •    Student support of each other in the learning environment is encouraged and expected. Supportive relationships with each other will allow a more positive learning environment to enable all to work together as a team and develop professionally.

    •    Students are also expected to follow the guidelines and policies in the LSCPA Upward Mobility Nursing Student Handbook.



    If a student is unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.



    •    Cell phones must be silenced during clinical time, including post-conference. Students may not have personal conversations on cell phones or with ear buds in clinical except during approved breaks (including community clinical). Students may not take any photos during clinical with the exception of classmates during post-conference only. No lap-tops may be brought to post-conference.

    •    Students must comply with all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations regarding patient confidentiality and must also keep confidential information related to the clinical facility. Students must make sure that no information about patients, clinical facilities, or clinical experiences are posted on the internet in any public domain such as blogging or Facebook. Blackboard is not considered in the public domain but no personal patient information should be placed on Blackboard. Students may not make photocopies or take photos of any part of a patient’s chart, even if the patient’s identifier is left off.

    •    Students must follow the Texas Board of Nursing Position Statement 15.29 Use of Social Media by Nurses and always maintain professional standards, boundaries, and compliance with state and federal laws. All nurses have an obligation to protect their patient’s privacy and confidentiality which extends to all environments, including the social media environment.

    •    No personal communications are to be received in the clinical unit. If an emergency call is necessary, the family and/or other persons needing to contact the student, should be provided information on how to contact the assigned clinical instructor or the main nursing program office. The clinical instructor will notify the student of the emergency situation. Cellular telephone use is not permitted in the clinical area.

    •    If a visit to a hospitalized friend or family member is desired, it must be made at another time outside of the clinical course period.

    •    Smoking is not permitted during clinical hours or while on the clinical property. The student’s uniform, breath and clinical papers must be smoke free.

    •    No gum chewing, eating or drinking is permitted in the direct patient care area.

    •    Students are NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME TO PRACTICE AN INVASIVE PROCEDURE ON ANOTHER STUDENT such as IV start, NG tube insertion, or injections of any kind.



    •    Students must plan to take all meals and breaks on the premises of the clinical site, during their assigned clinical hours. The cafeteria of each hospital is open to nursing students.

    •    Students may choose to bring their meal to be eaten on the premises, in the appropriate location.

    •    Students may not leave the premises during the clinical assignment to acquire food.

    •    Students should not bring food or beverages to be consumed during report, or at any time while in the patient care area.



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 materials 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 Shakespeares 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 wont use your data.

Whats the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PAs 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 Registrars 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 Registrars 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 my.lamarpa.edu 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-PAs efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission

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

Principles

Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • 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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