House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1300-01 - Health Assessment Lifespan

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorDouglas, Mark Eric
Phone(409) 984-6371
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:M, W-F 08:00-10:50
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number90400
Course Description This course focuses on the development in skills and techniques required for a comprehensive health assessment within a legal ethical framework. Students will learn to take patient histories using structured and unstructured data collection tools to obtain physical, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, familial, occupational and environmental information. They will learn the psychomotor skills necessary to perform assessments that identify health status and monitor change. They will collect, validate, and report data using established assessment tools.
Course Prerequisites BIOL 2401 (143) and BIOL 2401 (144) Human Anatomy and physiology.
Required Textbooks Weber, J. & Kelley, J., (2010), Health assessment in nursing. (4th ed.). Lippincott, ISBN# 9780781781602

Weber, J. & Kelley, J., (2010), Health assessment in nursing lab manual. (4th ed.). Lippincott, ISBN# 9780781781619

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student who is absent from class for three days may be dropped from the program by the program director.
Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of Final Grade A final course grade of 75% is necessary for the student to pass this course. The final course grade is calculated as follows: Unit Exam 1 = 15%, Unit Exam 2 = 15%, Unit Exam 3 = 15%, Daily lab assignments (averaged together) = 15% and Final Exam = 40%. All exams must be taken. Students will be allocated a specific amount of time for each exam. Students unable to take a scheduled exam due to an extreme emergency must notify the instructor, schedule and take a make-up exam within 48 hours.

Examinations are based on course objectives. Course content from the biological and behavioral sciences as well as previous nursing knowledge is included on exams, as appropriate.

Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% or more of the course 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, a student will retain the credit for the item. If a student’s answer differs from the one originally keyed, a student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.

Final Exam Date December 13, 2011 - 9:30 AM
Major Assignments Unit Exam I – Tuesday September 27, 2011

Unit Exam II – Tuesday October 25, 2011

Unit Exam III – Tuesday November 22, 2011

Final Exam – Tuesday December 13, 2011

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1 - August 23, 2011: Orientation - No Lab        

Week 2 - August 30, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Nurse's role in Health Assessment - Chapter 1 pp. 1-8

•        Collecting Subjective Data - Chapter 2 pp. 9-26

•        Collecting Objective Data - Chapter 3 pp. 27-38

Week 3 - September 6, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Validating and Documenting Data - Chapter 4 pp. 39-47

•        Analyzing Data Using Critical Thinking Skills - Chapter 5 pp. 48-54

Week 4 - September 13, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)        

•        Assessing Culture - Chapter 10 pp. 124-136

•        Assessing Spirituality and Religious Practices - Chapter 11 pp. 137-149

•        Assessing Victims and Violence - Chapter 9 pp. 109-123

Week 5 - September 20, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Assessing General Status & Vital Signs - Chapter 7 pp. 77-90

•        Assessing Pain: The 5th Vital sign - Chapter 8 pp. 91-108

•        Assessing Mental Status & Psychosocial Development - Chapter 6 pp. 55-76

Week 6 - September 27, 2011:

Unit Exam I – Tuesday September 27, 2011 (0930-1045)        

Chapters 1-11

Week 6: Concepts (1100-1400) No Lab

•        Skin, Hair, Nails - Chapter 13 pp. 173-208

•        Head and Neck - Chapter 14 pp. 209-227

Week 7 - October 4, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Eyes - Chapter 15 pp. 228-262

•        Ears - Chapter 16 pp. 263-278

•        Mouth, nose, Throat, and Sinuses - Chapter 17 pp. 279-301

Week 8 - October 11, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Thorax and Lungs - Chapter 18 pp. 302-329

•        Breast and Lymphatic System - Chapter 19 pp. 330-349

Week 9 - October 18, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Heart and Neck Vessels - Chapter 20 pp. 350-382

•        Peripheral Vascular System - Chapter 21 pp. 383-411

Week 10 - October 25, 2011:

Unit Exam II – Tuesday October 25, 2011 (0930-1045)

Chapters 13-21

Week 10 - October 25, 2011: Concepts (1100-1400) No Lab

•        Abdomen – Chapter 22 pp. 412-451

Week 11 - November 1, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Female Genitalia - Chapter 23 pp. 452-482

•        Male Genitalia - Chapter 24 pp. 483-504

•        Anus, Rectum, Prostate – Chapter 25 pp. 505-524

Week 12 - November 8, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Musculoskeletal – Chapter 26 pp. 524-564

Week 13 - November 15, 2011: Concepts (0930-1130) - Lab (1230-1400)

•        Nervous System – Chapter 27 pp. 565-597

Week 14 - November 22, 2011:

Unit Exam III – Tuesday November 22, 2011 (0930-1045)

Chapters 22-27

Week 14 - November 22, 2011: Concepts (1100-1400) No Lab

•        Assessing Families – Chapter 33 pp. 792-809

•        Assessing Communities – Chapter 34 pp. 810-826

•        Putting It All Together – Chapter 28 pp. 596-610

Week 15 - November 29, 2011: Lab All Day

•        Lab Practice/Final Check-off

Week 16 - December 6, 2011: Lab All Day

•        Final Check-off

Week 17 - December 13, 2011: Final Exam

Final Exam – Tuesday December 13, 2011 (0930-1130)

Chapters 28, 33, 34, and Comprehensive.

Refer to RNSG 1300 WebCT Calendar (Dates are subject to change in extenuating circumstances. Students will be notified of changes as soon as possible). It is recommended that you check the course calendar and your email daily for updates.


General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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 The Upward Mobility Nursing Program provides educational experiences that offer opportunities for the student to:

1.        Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards for the professional nurse.

2.        Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide safe, individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs with predictable or unpredictable outcomes in various health care settings.

3.        Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.

4.        Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, and safe care to patients.

Course Student Learning Outcomes In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College - Port Arthur, this course encourages the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for success in the field of Associate Degree Nursing. Upon completion of RNSG 1300, the student will have the opportunity to:

1. Demonstrate techniques utilized in the health assessment of individuals across the lifespan.

2. Perform systematic physical assessment using appropriate equipment and techniques for all body systems

3. Utilize cognitive and psychomotor skills in assessing clients' physiologic health and psychosocial status.

4. Document findings utilizing appropriate terminology and legal/ethical format.

5. Identify legal and ethical standards related to health assessment.

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

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

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    •        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.

    •        According to the Lamar State College policy unauthorized use of college computer account(s), computer data files, and/or computer facilities, is considered a breach of conduct, and is not in keeping with the educational aims, purposes, and philosophy of the college and subjects student(s) to disciplinary action.

    No cell phones should be visible during class.

    Additional classroom policies include:

    •        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: using cell phones, talking 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.

Additional Information Refer to RNSG 1300 WebCT Calendar (Dates are subject to change in extenuating circumstances. Students will be notified of changes as soon as possible). It is recommended that you check the course calendar and your email daily for updates.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


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  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


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  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

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