Summer Sessions 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: VNSG-1462- Section: 11
Clinical-Licensed Practical-Vocational Nurse Training
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Instructor Information
Instructor Andrea Reyes
Phone(409) 984-6382
Location:Allied Health - Room: 111
Hours:Office Hours: As posted and by appointment Building: Allied Health Room #: Reyes-AH 111, Lawson AH-128, Smith-AH 107-IV, Perry-AH 107-III
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 A Health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Prerequisites VNSG 1227 Essentials of Med Administration,
VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing
VNSG 1231 Pharmacology
VNSG 1400 Nursing Health/Wellness I
VNSG 1261 Clinical
Learning Outcomes 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 the clinical professional.

End-of-Course Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry; and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.
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. Functions 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. Cooperates with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide evidence-based care.

In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1462 Clinical 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.    Practice independent nursing actions with guidance from the Registered Nurse. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical rotation assignments and evaluation of delivery of patient care
2.    Demonstrate confidence in working as a member of the health care team. (PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: observed evaluations of student interaction with other healthcare team members
3.    Identify the legal aspects and accountability of a Graduate Vocational Nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: reading and application of nurse practice act; observations and evaluations of the provision of safe, ethical nursing care in the clinical setting
4.    Demonstrate knowledge of the nurse's role in quality improvement/assurance process. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: exams based on understanding of the role in providing safe and effective patient care; observed delivery of care and team planning in clinical setting
5.    Demonstrate a working knowledge of the code of ethics for the Licensed Vocational Nurse. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: discussion based on readings of the code of ethics and standards of care for the vocational nurse
6.    Comply with established standards of Vocational Nursing Practice. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: observed clinical interactions with patients, families and other team members in the provision of safe, effective nursing care; standardized exams to evaluate comprehension
7.    Identify barriers to communication and adapt to changing needs of the patient. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 3) Measured by: classroom discussions and clinical evaluations of patient interactions based on development, cultural influences, personal preferences and current health condition
8.    Record information on the patient's chart legibly and concisely using appropriate terminology and spelling. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: application of module exercises for medical terminology, documentation practice labs and clinical assignments with instructor feedback
9.    Use a systematic approach to provide individualized, safe, goal-directed nursing care. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: clinical observations and evaluation of nursing care; discussions of standards of nursing care
10.    Apply knowledge and skills to resolve patient problems in a goal-directed manner. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2) Measured by: evaluation of application of assigned readings; case study scenarios; clinical simulation
11.    Evaluate care provided and assist in revising the plan as needed to meet established goals. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: applied feedback from instructor regarding patient plans of care; clinical observation and collaboration with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members
12.    Relate pertinent information to colleagues and other members of the health care team, and discuss appropriate nursing actions. (PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: SBAR reporting in clinical simulation and lab setting; SBAR reporting among student peers, instructors and nursing staff
13.    Accurately and completely report and document:
a.    Patient's status including signs, symptoms, and responses
b.    Nursing care rendered
c.    Administration of medications and treatments
d.    Patient's response to medications and treatments
e.    Contacts with other health care team members concerning significant events regarding patient's status.
(PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: clinical assignments; safe, ethical patient and healthcare team interactions during clinical simulation, lab scenarios and in the clinical setting
14.    Respect the patient's right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information. (PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: clinical evaluation; case scenario discussions; exams
15.    Demonstrate effective communication skills. (PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: SBAR reporting in clinical simulation and lab setting; SBAR reporting among student peers, instructors and nursing staff
16.    Conform to the uniform policies outlined in the Vocational Nursing Program Handbook. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measured by: professional appearance at clinical each day with required uniform, materials and attitudes as stated in student handbook policies
17.    Act as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team working under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3; PSLO 4) Measured by: adherence to the role of a vocational nursing student according to the Nurse Practice Act and healthcare facility policy; assisting other members of the healthcare team to provide safe and competent nursing care
18.    Demonstrate knowledge of the nurse's role in risk management. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measured by: participation in implementation and evaluation of nursing care plan to provide optimum care to each individual patient
19.    Demonstrate the ability to teach self-care management and provide safe basic nursing care to multiple patients with a variety of predictable health outcomes. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 2; PSLO 3) Measured by: application of principles learned in theory; clinical evaluation; teaching project and day-to-day interactions with patients and their families
20.    Maintain cost effectiveness in the clinical setting. (PSLO 1) Measured by: precise usage of materials required for skill implementation and patient care
21.    Maintain professional boundaries of the nurse-patient relationship. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: comprehension and application of standards of professional practice and Good Professional Conduct statement from Board of Nursing; clinical evaluation of professional interactions
22.    Provide without discrimination, nursing services regardless of age, disability, economic status, gender, national origin, race, religion, or health problems of the patient served. (PSLO 1; PSLO 3) Measured by: comprehension and application of standards of professional and ethical practice as determined by Board of nursing and Lamar State College Port Arthur Vocational Nursing policies
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, (2021). Safe Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Care
(2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN # 978-0-8036-9734-8
Linnard-Palmer, Luanne. Coats, Gloria, (2021). Study Guide for Safe Maternity and
Pediatric Nursing Care (2nd ed.) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis ISBN # 978-0-8036-9736-2
Doenges, Marilyn E., Moorhouse, Mary Frances, Murr, Alice C., (2019). Nurse?s 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 (16th
ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis
Cuellar, Tina, (2018) HESI Comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Exam (5th ed.). St.
Louis, Mo.: Elsevier
Online HESI Case Studies: Complete PN Collection (1 Year Version) 10373_jgott12_1001
Swiftriver/ATI Online-Purchase VNSG 1462 Clinical class: 37185-4BB2-E9B4
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 1462 class: 346B160E
Davis Edge VNSG 1462 Summer 2022 Clinical class: A71DC39D47
Please Note! Any Computer program must be accessed using your Lamar email unless otherwise instructed. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are enrolled in the proper courses for PassPoint, Evolve HESI, and SwiftRiver. Instructors will not allow submissions to be turned in from a previous course.
Lecture Topics
1.    Medication Competency     grade (average if more than one attempt)
2.    Medical-Surgical Case Study grade
3.    Pedi Online Case Study grade
4.    Emergency Room Objectives     grade
5.    PACU Objectives         grade
6.    Clinical Portfolio         grade
7.    Online/computer assignments grade (average)
8.    Objectives Not Met in Previous Level grade
Major Assignments
Clinical days are Wednesday and Thursday SIM schedule will be sent to students before rotations.
Schedules are subject to change
Assignments due according to individual student's schedule
Clinical Evaluations by appointment
Week 1- Medication Administration Practice/Check-Off/Virtual Assignments
Week 2- Math Test #1; IV/IVPB Practice/Check-Off/Virtual Assignments
Week 3- Math Test #2; Injections Practice/Check-Off/Virtual Assignments
Week 4- Math Test #3; Clinical Week 1/ Virtual Assignments
Week 5- Clinical Week 2 / Virtual Assignments
Week 6- Clinical Week 3/ Virtual Assignments/Mid-term Evaluations
Week 7- Clinical Week 4/ Virtual Assignments
Week 8- Clinical Week 5/ Virtual Assignments
Week 9- Clinical Makeup/Evaluations
Week 10- Finals Week

Final Exam Date August 9, 2022 - 12:0 PM   Through  August 9, 2022 - 2:20 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work/computer assignments/Exams 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. 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 have completed written objectives for specialty areas by date of rotation will result in a grade of “0” and denial of specialty rotation. THIS CAN RESULT IN FAILURE OF CLINICALS
The student must pass a computer (1st two attempts) or a written (3rd attempt) medication administration competency evaluation with a minimum score of 84. The student will have three opportunities to achieve a minimum score of 84. Students who do not achieve a minimum score of 84 on the third medication administration evaluation will not be allowed to continue in the course and will be unable to complete required clinical objectives. Therefore, the student will be unable to successfully pass the course. The students’ grade will be averaged by the number of attempts taken to pass the test. i.e.: 1, 2 or 3

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’s 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’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.

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 student’s 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.

Clinical evaluations are completed twice each semester. Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate competent patient care, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times when in the clinical area. Evaluations are done by the clinical instructor with input from staff at affiliating agency, patients and others as appropriate. Students will sign the evaluation. Their signature attests to the fact that the evaluation conference occurred. It does not signify agreement with the evaluation. Students are given an opportunity to comment in writing on the evaluation. A student's unsatisfactory mid semester clinical evaluation while in the program permits continuation in the program with continued emphasis on upgrading deficiencies. The student's unsatisfactory clinical evaluation at the end of the semester results in a clinical course grade of "U" and prohibits further continuation in the program.
Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) in clinical and achieve a 75 course grade in the mandatory co-requisite course to progress in the program. Students who fail VNSG 1409 Nursing in Health and Illness II and/or VNSG 1234 Pediatric Nursing and repeat the Course(s) will also be required to repeat the clinical co-requisite course.
All courses listed in a given semester of the program must be completed prior to progressing to the next semester. Each didactic and co-requisite clinical course, as listed for each semester, is a prerequisite for the nursing courses listed in the subsequent semester(s), and must be satisfactorily completed prior to graduating from the nursing program.
Students may be required to complete some written objectives prior to reporting to assigned specialty units. Failure to do so may result in the student being sent home and counted as clinically absent.
Case Study packet and Objectives for specialty areas may be found in the clinical notebook. Do not use Clinical Notebooks from previous semesters as they may have been updated. Any assignments turned in from a clinical notebook other than the one provided for the current semester will not be accepted. This does not include previous objectives from a previous level (wound care etc from level 1). Case studies and written assignments are to be turned in on the next Wednesday by 0600 after the student was assigned to the unit in which the assignment is to be completed for. Assignments must be typed up and submitted via blackboard then graded by the instructor to whom the student is assigned. Rubrics must be attached to any assignment to be turned in.
Requirements for Level II clinical are: One (1) Medical-Surgical case study, ED and PACU objectives, Clinical portfolio grade, Simulations, Pedi HESI Online case study, Computer Assignments, and the medication competency test.
Grading criteria:
Rubrics will be utilized by the instructor for grading the case studies and objectives. Any case study/assignment considered “late” will be counted as a “0” (zero) or points will be deducted according to each rubric. 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.
Any section of the case study rubric that the student receives a ‘0’ (zero) in must be corrected for the student to receive the assigned grade. Corrections must be completed within one week of receiving the case study from the instructor. If the case study is not returned in one week with corrections, a ‘0’ (zero) may be given for the case study. If a student scores less than 75 on a case study, the student should meet with the faculty to determine strategies to improve performance on subsequent case studies.

The grade is determined as follows:
1.    Medication Competency     grade (average if more than one attempt)
2.    Medical-Surgical Case Study grade
3.    Pedi Online Case Study grade
4.    Emergency Room Objectives     grade
5.    PACU Objectives         grade
6.    Clinical Portfolio         grade
7.    Online/computer assignments grade (average)
8.    Objectives Not Met in Previous Level grade

Students must have a 75 average and a satisfactory rating on the clinical evaluation tool to pass the course.
All assignments must be turned in with the rubric attached
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students and faculty of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Vocational 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. If a student is unable to maintain these expectations or stated program requirements, dismissal from the program may occur.

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 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 discussions/presentations;
•    Or displaying a rude or negative attitude/behavior to the instructor or other students.
•    A student who is tardy three (3) times in one class will result in a 5-point deduction from the next exam grade. Tardiness is defined as arriving greater than 15 minutes to class.

The following expectations apply to all courses:
•    Promptness is expected. Students should be on time for all classes and return from breaks promptly.
•    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 admissions into class.
•    Phone calls and/or text messages should 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, Vocational Nursing Program Coordinator, or Department Chair.
•    On-campus computers will only be used for classroom 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, exam reviews, 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 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 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 clinical is expected.
2.    Clinical Orientation is MANDATORY for all students. Students who do not attend clinical orientation may not be allowed to attend clinical and may be dismissed from the program.
3.    A student who is absent from clinical for Two (2) or more days may be dropped from the program by the Program director. A student who is absent from clinical without notification to faculty, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence from class or clinical. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty that s/he is unable to attend clinical. If the student is unable to contact the instructor, the student should call 409-984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872, ext. 6356 and leave a message. Also, the student may email their clinical instructor.
4.    Assignments for absence(s) are listed in blackboard course VNSG 1462 under the clinical assignments tab. The student must follow instructions very carefully when submitting their assignments or it may result in a 0.
5.    Students who arrive greater than 15 minutes but less than 30 minutes after assigned clinical time will:
a.    Be given a verbal warning
b.    Be given a write-up
c.    Be given a write-up and the student may be sent home at the discretion of the clinical instructor. If the student is sent home s/he will be counted absent from clinical and must complete the assigned makeup work located in clinical blackboard.
6.    Students must be present the entire clinical day to receive credit for their attendance.
7.    Since clinical is such an important component of the VN Program, students are required to attend 100 percent of the scheduled clinical days in any given semester. An assignment will be required if the student is absent from clinical. ALL assignments must be completed and is required for all make up work to be counted for missed clinical time. Any student who misses any clinical days in a semester may receive an unsatisfactory (U) in the clinical course and be required to repeat both the didactic and clinical courses. Absence of the required clinical days necessitates the Standards Committee to review the student's performance in the VN Program. Students may be allowed to continue in clinical IF they:
a.    Have a 75 test average in the didactic course
b.    Have satisfactory written work in the clinical course
c.    Are up-to-date on skills check-offs in clinical prior to the most recent absence.
8.    Any student who is "no call, no show" for clinical demonstrates a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct. Therefore, s/he may fail clinical that semester and must repeat both the clinical and didactic courses to progress in the program. The only possible exception is if a student is physically unable to call the faculty.
9.    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.
10.    The clinical instructor keeps an attendance record. Any student who is not sure about his/her status should meet with the instructor by appointment.
11.    Students are expected to attend clinical in FULL CLINICAL ATTIRE; including approved clinical dress (scrubs, with appropriate shoes, lab jacket, name badge and photo, etc) as well as required accessories. Badge and photo must be worn on top right hand side of uniform. All students and faculty may be required to wear an approved surgical face mask/N95 and must follow each facility's screening process when entering the clinical facilities. Students and faculty may be required to wear a face shield while in patient care areas (including nursing stations etc.) and while providing direct patient care or according to facility/LSCPA's current policy. These policies are updated regularly and may change throughout clinical. Students not adhering to dress codes; as described in Student Handbook, the syllabus, or the facility may be sent home by the instructor. This will count as a clinical absence.
12.    The program director 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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal ( When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other 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.
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.