Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1234- Section: 11
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Instructor Information
Instructor Joanna Gott
Phone(409) 984-6357
Location:Allied Health - Room: 111
Hours:Hybrid Class Available 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 Study of the care of the pediatric patient and family during health and disease. Emphasis on growth and developmental needs utilizing the nursing process.
Prerequisites VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I    
VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration
VNSG 1231 Pharmacology
VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, this course assists students to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success as a vocational nurse. VNSG 1234 Pediatrics provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for students to:
1.    Identify safety principles related to child care. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: exams and discussions based on readings; clinical simulations; observed clinical rotations; case studies
2.    Identify common childhood illnesses. (PSLO Alpha) Measured by: discussions and exams based on assigned readings, current literature and internet news
3.    Utilize the nursing process to provide safe care for the well or ill child. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: case studies and care plans; discussions based on reading assignments; simulations and clinical rotations
4.    Apply concepts of growth and development when providing care to pediatric patients. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical rotation interactions based on assigned readings, class discussions, simulations and case studies
5.    Discuss nursing care of pediatric patients and their families in various settings. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussions based on readings; case studies and care plan exercises; clinical interactions
6.    Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the vocational nurse in administering medications to pediatric patients. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: discussions and exams based on assigned readings and nurse practice act; skills check-offs and simulations; observed clinical interactions and experiences
Core Objectives Reading: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
Writing: Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Speaking: Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Listening: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.
Critical Thinking 1: Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.
Critical Thinking 2: Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.
Computer Literacy 1: Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.
Computer Literacy 2: Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.
Intercultural Competence 1: Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.
Intercultural Competence 2: Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.
Intercultural Competence 3: Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the Vocational Nursing Program graduates will, under the supervision of a professional licensed nurse and/or licensed physician, function in non-complex settings and should be able to:
PSLO Alpha: Reading Skills Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading materials
PSLO 1.    Function within the scope of practice for a vocational nurse.
PSLO 2. Demonstrates safe, direct patient care with individuals who have predictable health care needs.
PSLO 3.    Exhibits professional nursing behaviors.
PSLO 4.    Cooperate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide evidence-based care.

Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Williams, Linda, Hopper, Paula, (2019) Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (6th ed.).Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN # 9780803668980
Hopper, Paula, Williams, Linda, (2019) Study Guide for Understanding Medical-Surgical Nursing (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #978080366900
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
ISBN # 9780803669062
Burton, M., Smith, D. Ludwig, L. (2019). Study Guide for Fundamentals of Nursing Care, Concepts, Connections and Skills for Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9780803669079
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803624948
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and
Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis
ISBN #9780803624955
Doenges, Marilyn E., Moorhouse, Mary Frances, Murr, Alice C., (2019).Nurses
Pocket Guide-Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales (15th
ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis ISBN #9780803676442
Van Leeuwen, Anne M., Bladh, Mickey Lynn, (2019). Comprehensive Manual of
Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (8thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Vallerand, April Hazard, Sanoski, Cynthia A., (2019). Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses
(16thed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Cuellar, Tina, (2018) HESI Comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Exam
(5th ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier
Davis Edge
Online HESI Case Studies: Complete PN Collection (2 Year Version)
Swiftriver Online-Purchase information to follow
NCLEX PN Pass Point: Please note: No other NCLEX PN Review will be accepted. You must use the NCLEX PN Pass Point access code provided to you for this class.
Pass Point access code for this VNSG 1234 Class: TBA 6239F470
Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Intro Pedi, Infant, Toddler, Pre-K
Week 2: School Age, Adol; Skin
Week 3: Abused Child Mental Health; Musculoskeletal
Week 4: Exam #1; Pedi Blood & Lymph
Week 5: Communicable Diseases; GI&GU
Week 6: Exam 2; CV; Hospitalized Child
Week 7: Neuro/Sensory
Week 8: Metabolic; Respiratory
Week 9: Exam 3: ; HESI
Week 10: Final Exam
Major Assignments

06/29/21 Exam I TBA
07/13/21 Exam II TBA
08/03/21 Exam III TBA
08/06/21 HESI TBA
08/11/21 Final Exam TBA

Final Exam Date August 11, 2021 - 9:0 AM   Through  August 11, 2021 - 12:0 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
1.    Examinations are based on course objectives.
2.    Course content from the prerequisite courses will be included on exams as appropriate.
3.    The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken.
4.    Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. No questions may be asked during the exam. No caps/ hats/ hoodies/smart watches/ personal possessions other than keys, earbuds and a pencil may be brought in to the exams.
5.    A specific amount of time will be set for testing. Test times for exams will be set up for 80 seconds per question. At the end of the allotted time, the computer will not record any further answers.
6.    Students who arrive after the exam starts, but before it ends may take the exam without penalty, however, they will not be allowed additional time. If a student must miss an exam, s/he must contact the instructor prior to the exam or within twenty-four (24) hours of the exam. A “no-call/no-show” for an exam will result in a grade of “0”.
7.    No make-up unit exams will be administered. The numerical grade attained on the comprehensive Final exam will be substituted for any missed unit exam(s)
8.    Test grades will not be available for a minimum of 24* post-test.
9.    If a student scores less than a 75 on a unit examination, the student is required to make an appointment with an instructor prior to the next exam. At that time the student will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations. Failure to complete a formal test review with an instructor prior to the next exam may result in five points off of the next exam.
10.    Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% or more of the class are reviewed. If an item is found to be flawed, the faculty may give credit for more than one answer or nullify the item. That is, if a student answered the item as originally keyed, the student will retain the credit for the item. If a student’s answer differs from the one originally keyed, the student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.
11.    Any challenge to exam questions must be presented on provided form in writing within 24 hours of review of the exam. Disputed test items must be submitted by student along with proposed answer supported by documentation from the current textbook and handouts and/or lecture reference material.
12.    The Final exam grade will be weighted 35% of final grade.
13.    Any assignment or exam submitted without a student’s name will not receive credit.
14.    Assignments such ass PassPoint and HESI Case Studies will not be accepted past the appointed deadline unless approved by instructor/director with extenuating circumstances.
15.    The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I - 16%
Exam II - 16%
Exam III - 16%
Pedi Hesi - 12%
Assignments 5%
Final - 35%
TOTAL = 100%
16.    An average of 75% or greater is necessary to pass the course.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person
Attendance Policy     
This class will be a hybrid class and will consist of online & in class lectures, labs, and assignments.
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 dropped from the program by the Program Director. 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. 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.
3.    Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the scheduled starting time of class (3 or more times) will be counseled and a plan of action determined which could include 5 points taken off the next exam. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive fifteen (15) minutes after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter.
4.    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.
5.    Students who arrive after an exam starts, but before it ends may take the exam without penalty. They are given no additional time.
6.    Clinical uniforms must be worm at all times while in skills lab.
7.    The program coordinator has the right to initiate the administrative withdrawal of any student whose attendance, conduct, scholastic abilities,attitude or lack of aptitude for vocational nursing makes it inadvisable for that student to continue in the program.

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

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.