Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: NURA-1301- Section: 60
Nurse Aide for Health Care
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Instructor Information
Instructor Shalanda Allen
Phone(409) 984-6363
Location:Educational II - Room: 104
Hours:Office 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 Knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Topics include resident's rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Emphasis on effective interaction with members of the health care team, restorative services, mental health, and social services needs.
Prerequisites Admission to Lamar State College- Port Arthur
Learning Outcomes End-of-Course Outcomes: Discuss basic care of residents in a long-term care facility; communicate and interact effectively with residents and their families based on sensitivity to the psychosocial needs. Discuss the rights of the residents; provide safety and preventive measures in the care of residents; demonstrate skills in observing and reporting; assist residents in attaining and maintaining maximum functional independence; and function effectively as a member of the health care team.

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.

Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes     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:    

•    Demonstrates the competencies to successfully complete the duties and requirements of a Certified Nurse
•    Demonstrates safe and competent care with individuals who have personal care needs.
•    Exhibits an understanding of patient/resident rights.
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.

Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants- 10th Edition ISBN: 9780323655606
Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants- 10th Edition WORKBOOK ISBN:9780323672887
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Introduction into Long-Term Care and Residents Rights, Communicating with Health Care Team, Infection Control, Isolation Precautions, Ethics and Laws, Measuring Vital Signs
Week 2: Nutrition and Fluids, Mental Health Disorders and Confusion and Dementia
Week 3: Common Health Care Diseases, Oxygen Needs
Week 4: Wound Care and Pressure Injuries
Week 5: Safety and Preventing Falls
Week 6: Transferring the Person and the Person’s Unit
Week 7: Bedmaking
Week 8: Personal Hygiene
Week 9: Grooming and Dressing
Week 10: End of Life Care
Week 11: Getting a Job

Major Assignments
Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3, and Final Exam

Final Exam Date August 6, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  August 6, 2021 - 10:0 AM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
1.    There will be no review of the final exam and the exam grade itself will not be posted.
2.    Examinations are based on course objectives.
3.    Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. There are NO Make-up exams or quizzes. The numerical grade on the Comprehensive Final will be substituted for the first missed unit exam. The final may only be substituted for one missed exam.
4.    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. 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 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.
5.    The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken.
6.     No questions may be asked 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. If a student must miss an exam, the student must contact the instructor prior to the exam or within twenty-four (24) hours of the exam.
7.    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 examination. At that time, the student and instructor will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations.
8.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing within one (1) week of the review of the exam. Disputed test items must be submitted by the student along with proposed answer supported by documentation from the current textbook, handouts, and/or lecture reference material.
9.    The Final exam grade will be weighted equivalent to two (2) unit exams.
10.    The following method will be used to determine each student?s grade in the course:
Exam I        Grade
Exam II        Grade
Exam III        Grade
Med- Term Quiz (Instructor discretion) Grade
Final        Grade
Final        Grade

11. Total divided by 5 possible grades. Subject to change
12. A minimum average of 75% in Basic Nursing 1301, independent of all other requirements, is necessary to pass the course and attend clinical.
13. An overall grade of 75 or greater for NURA 1301 and a satisfactory (S) in lab/clinical is necessary to attend clinical and to be eligible for the State of Texas Nurse Aide Certification Skills and Written examination. If a student receives a grade of 75 or greater in NURA 1301 and a U in NURA 1160 lab/clinical the student will receive a grade of D in NURA 1301.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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.
    Students should turn their phones to vibrate before they enter the classroom.
    No cell phones should be visible during class.
Additional classroom policies include:
Students and faculty of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Basic Nursing Program are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom 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 behavior:
1. I understand that promptness is expected. I will be on time for the beginning of all classes and will return from breaks promptly.
2. I understand that I am expected to come to theory and lab experiences prepared and present myself as a sincere, adult learner.
3. I will return phone calls and/or text messages only during scheduled breaks.
4. I will keep cell phones on vibrate in classroom and off and out of reach during testing and test reviews. In the event of an emergency, your family should contact you through AH Secretary, VN Coordinator, or Department Chair.
5. I agree that on-campus computers will only be used for classroom work.
6. I agree that all information shared by other students and instructors will remain confidential.
7. I will not repeat or discuss what is shared with anyone.
8. I agree that I will not engage in ‘side-bar’ discussions.
9. I agree that I will direct my comments to the front of the room.
10. I agree to participate in all discussions, activities, and exercises.
11. I agree to be open to new ideas and experiences.
12. I agree to take risks and step outside of my comfort zone.
13. I agree to maintain a positive attitude.
14. I agree to give supportive feedback and make corrections without belittling anyone.
15. I agree to suspend judgment and be responsible for my actions.
16. I agree to be responsible for learning as much as I can from this experience.
17. I agree to ask for what I need from my instructors.
18. I agree to become better acquainted with my fellow students so we can all identify ways to support one another, work together as a team and develop professionally.
19. I agree to follow the guidelines and policies in the LSC-PA Basic Nursing Student Orientation Packet
Students attending classroom, lab, or clinical sessions virtually should exhibit appropriate etiquette to include at a minimum: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life; Respect faculty and peers time by being on time to scheduled exams, sessions and activities; and Present yourself in a professional manner.
Students are expected to come to didactic, lab, and clinical experiences prepared and present as sincere, adult learners. Pre-course assignments may be required for admission into class.
Should I be unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.
The following behaviors will result in a student being asked to cease the action and/or leave the classroom:
• Inappropriate and or disruptive uses of cell phones and/or other electronic devices in classroom during testing or during test reviews.
• Talking or sleeping while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions/presentations
• Displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students
If any of these behaviors result in the student being asked to leave the room, the student will receive a counseling note and may result in a loss of 5 points on the next exam.

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 is expected.
2. A student who is absent from course activities for more than three (3) days without notification to faculty may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
3. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after class has begun (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.
4. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any absence. The student should schedule make-up hours with the instructor’s approval. All students must meet the required classroom, lab and clinical hours. Failure to do so will result in the student failing the course. 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.
5. In addition to notifying an instructor, it is the student’s responsibility to submit a completed Student Excuse Form, upon the first day of return, each time the student is absent, delayed from attending or must depart early from class, clinical or lab. Failure to do so will result in a declaration of ‘No Call, No Show’ for the number of days absent and may result in the student’s dismissed from the program.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other Statement of Workplace Competencies
    1. Ability to select the correct items needed to perform selected basic nursing skills.
2. Acquires and evaluates information through use of the nursing process.
3. Communicates information to and receives input from the health care team to enhance the quality of care provided for patients.
4. Works well with patients and family caregivers from a variety of ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds.
5. Identify priorities of care according to client?s current condition.
6. Demonstrates knowledge of own skills and abilities though clinical competency.
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.