Summer Sessions 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-2410- Section: 1
Nursing in Health and Illness III
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Instructor Information
Instructor Electra Guidry
Phone(409) 984-6369
Location:Allied Health - Room: 114
Hours:Mon-Thurs 0730-530 office 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 Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness II. Further study of medical-surgical health problems of the patient including concepts such as mental illness. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse.
Prerequisites VNSG 1409 Nursing in Health and Illness II
VNSG 1234 Pediatrics    
VNSG 1462 Clinical LPN Nursing    
To graduate from the VN program, it is required that you must complete either Microcomputers (BCIS1305) or Introduction to Computers (ITSC 1401) prior to graduation. Students must have a minimum grade of C or better in every course that
applies to the Vocational Nursing Certificate plan to graduate.     
Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 2410 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 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 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 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 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 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 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: discussions; based on readings; skills checkoffs; clinical simulations; clinical rotation interactions
8.    Demonstrate satisfactory performance of selected nursing skills using evidenced-based principles of safety and asepsis. (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 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: standardized and unit exams based on readings and discussions; clinical skills checkoffs 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 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 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; simulations
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 1.     Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing
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.
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
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
Gorman, L. M., & Anwar, R. (2018). Neeb's mental health nursing (5th ed.). F.A. Davis. ISBN #978-1-8036-6913-0
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2017). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care (1st ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN #9780803624948
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 Drug Guide for Nurses (16th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
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 2410 class: 212760D

Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed. Anyone repeating MUST join the new class.
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Review 2410 Syllabus/Objectives, Hematology Lecture, Central Line
Lecture, Central Line Practice & Check-off, Math Review, Respiratory
2410 Fundamentals of Nursing Process Due 6/12/22)

Week 2: Clinical Orientation, Facility Orientation, Mental Health Lecture 1, Math
Exam 1, Math Exam 2, Fundamental Exam BON Paperwork (Immune and
Hematologic Disorders Mastery 7, Foundations of Psychiatric Nursing Mastery 7,
Anxiety Disorders Mastery 7, Respiratory Mastery 7 Due 6/19/22)

Week 3: Clinical week 1, 2410 Exam 1, Math Exam 3

Week 4: Clinical Week 2, Mental Health Lecture 2, Jurisprudence/TPAPN,
Jurisprudence Exam, Begin Cardiac Lecture

Week 5: Clinical Week 3, Cardiac Lecture cont., Eye and Ear,
Cardiovascular Disorders Mastery 7, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Impulse
Control Disorders Mastery 7

Week 6: Clinical Week 4, 2410 Exam II, Neuro Lecture

Week 7: Clinical Week 5, Professionalism/Resume, Trach care & Suction Lecture
Neurosensory Disorders Mastery 7

Week 8: Hurst Review, Exam 3, Renal Lecture

Week 9: Trach Care/ Suction Practice and Check off, Final Skills Check-off Mental
Health Lecture #3 Genitourinary Disorders Mastery 7, Psychotic Disorders
Mastery 7, Mood, Adjustment and Dementia Disorders Mastery 7

Week 10: 2410 Exam IV, Reach HESI Final Exam, Pinning/Graduation

Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the Program Coordinator
Major Assignments

Date: 6/15/22 Fundamental Pass Point Exam & Fundamentals of Nursing Process
Mastery level 7 Due: 6/12/22 11:59 PM

Date: 6/19/22 Hematology, Psychiatric Nursing,
Anxiety & Respiratory Pass Points
Mastery level 7 Due: 6/19/22 11:59 PM

Date: 06/22/22 Exam I Time: 0730

Date: 07/10/22 CV & Substance Abuse Mastery level 7 Due: 7/10/22 11:59 PM

Date: 07/13/22 Exam II Time: 0730

Date:07/10/22 Neurological Mastery level 7 Due: 7/24/22 11:59 PM

Date: 07/27/22 Exam III Time: 0730

Date: 07/10/22 GU, Psychotic, Psychotic & Mood Adjust & Dementia
Mastery level 7 Due: 08/07/22 11:59 PM

Date: 08/08/22 Exam IV Time: 1200

Date: 08/10/22 Reach Final exam Time: 1200

Pass Point assignments are due on Sunday night the week of the exams as scheduled.

Final Exam Date August 10, 2022 - 12:0 PM   Through  August 10, 2022 - 3:0 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 74-60 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
1.    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 MUST be taken. Make-up exams will NOT be administered under any circumstances other than a College sponsored event or with permission of the Allied Health Department Chair. Students scheduled to miss an exam due to participation in a College sponsored event shall provide appropriate documentation to faculty in advance of the exam and are eligible to complete the missed exam. 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. Students who miss an exam for any unvalidated reason shall receive a zero on the exam. Students may submit an appeal to this policy by presenting rationale to the Director or Coordinator of appropriate nursing program no later than two (2) business days following the exam. The student is responsible for seeking the exception from the Director or Coordinator of appropriate nursing program. Students who miss an exam due to an excused reason will be provided an exception to the policy and the student will be assigned the grade made on the final exam as the grade for the missed exam. If two exams are missed, the student will be given a zero for the second (2nd) missed exam. An alternative plan may be proposed at the discretion of the Director or Coordinator of appropriate nursing program and/or Chair of the Allied Health Department. The Director or Coordinator of appropriate nursing program will document all exceptions in the student file and notify the course leader if an exception is granted.

4.    No exams will be given in advance of the scheduled date and time without approval of the Nursing Program Coordinator or Director.

5.    Tests will be administered electronically. Students will be provided with-
a. Exam Access Code sheet that also serves as a scratch sheet
b. Exceptions for electronic testing include paper dosage tests.

6.    Exams will be timed based on question format and course policy. The exam time frame will be provided on the Exam Access Code sheet. Students will only receive credit for answers provided during the allotted time.

7.    Computer Lab:
a. Students will arrive 5 minutes prior at designated location to sign-in for the exam
b. Students arriving 15 minutes late or more will be sent to student success center without additional time for proctored exam
c. Allied Health staff member will call student success center to inform them of the student arrival for proctored exam
d. All students must wear student ID to access the testing computer lab
e. Students will not test without Valid LSCPA Id.
f. All belongings (e. g., backpacks, cell phones, electronic devices) will remain in an area outside of the computer lab for the duration of the exam. Students are encouraged to lock valuables in their vehicles during examinations. The Lamar State College Port Arthur Allied Health Department is not responsible for lost or stolen items left in classrooms or hallways. Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. No questions may be asked during the exam. Students who arrive late for an exam will not be given additional testing time. Students are prohibited from writing any notes on their scratch sheet of paper until the exam begins.
8.     Exam Dress Code:
a. Students will be subject to visual inspection by the exam proctor upon arrival to the registration and/or exam room. This includes but is not limited to inspection of the ears, hands/arms, clothing, pockets, etc.
b. No head coverings of any kind are allowed, including hats, caps, beanies, or hoods. Exceptions are made for religious / cultural purposes.
c. No cardigans, coats, jackets, or any other articles of clothing that may open are allowed in the exam room. Pullovers without pockets are acceptable.
d. Scarves and gloves are not allowed in the exam room.

9.    During the exam:
a. Drinking and eating are not permitted. Hard candies such as peppermints or cough drops are allowed but must be unwrapped prior to the start of the exam.
b. Electronic devices (including but not limited to phones, smartwatches, and earbuds) are prohibited during examinations. With the exception of approved earbuds for standardized testing.
c. If the exam is interrupted due to technical difficulties additional time will be allotted to the exam.

10.    Students are responsible for uploading their exam to the ExamSoft System prior to exiting the examination room. Student will notify proctor of exam completion and exam upload completion. Proctor will view screen to confirm successful completion of exam upload before student leaves testing room. If a student does not upload their exam, he/she will be required to return to the examination room for a manual upload.

11.    A preliminary score will be displayed upon uploading the exam to ExamSoft. After uploading their exam, students are to sign out of the testing software. Upon completion of the exam students will submit the Exam Access Code Sheet (scratch sheet of paper) to the exam proctor. Students who chose to review missed items will return to the registration room and wait for Exam Review with Rationale to begin at the designated time.

NOTE: DO NOT wait outside of the exam room if any testing is occurring in the computer labs

Violation of the testing policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including possible dismissal from the nursing program.
Appropriate adjustments are made for students who meet the criteria of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

12.    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 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.

13.    Exam Review with Rationales is conducted after each exam to allow students to view incorrect responses and rationales for the exam item. With the exception of final exams. This session is time limited. Students will be allotted a specific number of minutes, based upon the length of the exam (for example, students will have 8 minutes to review missed items on a 50-item exam). Students are not required to attend Exam Review with Rationales. If a student chooses not to attend the Exam Review with Rationales session, the student is not eligible for an individual test review session with an assigned instructor.

14.    Students will return to the same exam room and same computer for Exam Review with Rationales. Exam Review with Rationales must be conducted on the same computer as the exam. The same policies listed for testing apply to the Exam Review with Rationale Session. The following rules also apply:
a. All belongings must remain in the classroom or the students vehicle.
b. Students are not allowed to talk amongst themselves during this session.
c. Students who arrive late for Exam Review with Rationales will not be given
additional review time.
d. Students will log into the Review of Rationales using the following steps:
1. Enter the Exam Password
2. Enter the Review Password

Note: Students only have 3 attempts to enter the correct Review Password. Students are encouraged to request assistance from faculty/proctor after 2 unsuccessful attempts.

15.    During the Exam Review with Rationales session: Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. If students become disruptive, faculty will end the Exam Review with Rationales Session for all students. Upon completion of the Exam Review the students will sign out of the ExamSoft or Examplify application and quietly leave the testing room.
16.    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. If a student, who scores less than 75 on a unit examination, fails to review with and instructor, 5 points maybe deducted from the next unit examination. Students are required to make an appointment prior to the day before the exam.

17.    The Reach HESI exam is given as the final exam for VNSG 2410. A student must have a 72 average on the 4-unit exams in order to take final exam. All unit exams must be taken. Completion of the Reach HESI Exam with a prediction score of 900 or greater indicates that the student has a high probability of passing the NCLEX-PN.

18.    Registration and Payment of Fees for Required resources are considered as a Pass or Fail Assignment. If the student does not register and pay for these at the scheduled time, the student will receive a 0 on the assignment.

The following method will be used to determine each students grade in the
Purchase of Required Resources by Deadlines Pass/Fail Assign
Daily/Computer Work 5% Grade
Exam I     13.75% Grade
Exam II    13.75% Grade
Exam III    13.75% Grade
Exam IV     13.75% Grade
= 60% of Grade
REACH conversion score (VNSG 2410 Final) = 40% of Grade
19. Late assignment submissions will incur a late point penalty. In most courses the
late penalty will be a deduction of 5 points if turned in 1 day after the
assignment due date. Another 5 points will be deducted if the assignment is
turned in 2 days after the assignment due date. If the assignment is turned in 3
days late a 10-point penalty will be deducted. Any assignment submitted after 3
days will be assigned a 0 for the assignment. Previous arrangements between
the student and instructor for late work may allow for a reduced late point
penalty, but all late submissions will have a late penalty deducted. Refer to the
individual course syllabus for any variations from the late penalty deductions.

20. A minimum average of 75%, independent of all other requirements, is necessary
to pass the course. Daily activity grades (example: discussion board post,
classroom/computer assignments, etc.) will not be included in grade calculations
until 75% average on exams is achieved. No grades will be rounded until the final
course average; this includes weighted exam average.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies     No food products are allowed in the classroom.
    Effective, June 1, 2012, Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSC-PA) is a no smoking campus. Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all LSC-PA properties at any time
    Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.
    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, smart watches, Media players, laptop computers, audio listening devices; such as earphones, Bluetooth and headphones, should be visible during class unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
    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 LSC-PA Vocational Nursing Student Handbook.
If a student is unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.
Attendance Policy Nursing in Health and Illness VNSG 2410 and the clinical component of this course may consist of online & in class lectures, labs, and assignments. Schedules may be changed at the discretion of the faculty and vocational nursing coordinator. All attendance policies are in effect whether conducted online or in the classroom setting. 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 the faculty may be dropped from the program by the Program Director. Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.
Students who do not attend scheduled live virtual activities will be counted absent.
3. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the
beginning of the class (3 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. A student who is
tardy three (3) times in one class will result in a 5-point deduction from the next
exam grade.
4. It is the students responsibility to notify all Level 3 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.
5. In addition to notifying instructors, students must submit a 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
complete the Student Excuse Form will result in a declaration of a No Call, No
Show for the number of days absent and may result in the student being
dismissed from the program.
6. Lab jackets are to be worn at all times while in the skills lab.
7. Simulation/Computer Lab Assignments are mandatory. Failure to attend will
result in a Zero for that assignment.
The Program Director or Department Chair has the right to initiate the administrative withdrawal of any student whose attendance, conduct, scholastic abilities, attitude or lack of aptitude for Vocational Nursing making 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.