House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1300-30 (Health Assessment Lifespan)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorDouglas, Mark Eric
Phone(409) 984-6371
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:M 8:00-10:50, W-F 8:00-10:50
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:123
Course Information
Course ID #10565
Course Subject-Number-SectionRNSG-1300-30
Course TitleHealth Assessment Lifespan
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 Jarvis, C. (2008). Physical examination & health assessment (5th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9781416032434

Jarvis, C. (2008). Student laboratory manual (5th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9781416038535

Learning Objectives In accordance with the mission of Lamar State College-PA, this course builds on the previous knowledge

to support the development in the student the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered nurse. Upon completion of RNSG 1300, the student will have had the opportunity to:

1.         Explain the purposes of the nursing assessment.

2.         Apply guidelines designed to elicit information about the patient's health status.

3.         Demonstrate general principles used in approaching patients of various ages to perform a physical


4.                Use the appropriate equipment in performing nursing assessments on patients of various a groups.

5.                Demonstrate various positioning used for each body system when performing an examination of patients of diverse age groups.

6.                Employ general principles of the physical assessment modes of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.

7.                Describe the characteristic physical, cognitive, and psychological development of each phase of the life span: infant, toddler, preschooler, school age, adolescent, young adult, middle adult, and late adult.

8.                Evaluate the relationship between cultural beliefs and health behaviors.

9.                Relate the importance of the nurse's awareness of patient's beliefs regarding illness causation, methods and outcomes of treatment and fears about illness.

10.                 Identify the relationship of customs such as diet, communication patterns, family relationships, health and illness patterns and pain to health beliefs.

11.                Conduct systematic nursing assessments on patients of various age groups.

12.                Apply the physical assessment to the nursing process.

Major Assignments Physical Exam Check offs will begin May 10th. The Comprehensive Final exam is May 17th.                 

Discussion Topics Unit One -         TAKING THE HEALTH HISTORY

Interviewing Skills and Techniques

The Health History


Developmental Assessment Across the Life-Span

Cultural Considerations in Health Assessment

        Domestic Violence

Unit Three -         PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT                        

Assessment Techniques

General Assessment, including Vital Signs

Skin, Hair, and Nails

Face, Head and Neck


Ears, Nose, Mouth, and Throat

Lymphatic System


Respiratory System

Cardiovascular System


Musculoskeletal System

Neurological System, including Mental Status

Male Genitalia

Female Genitalia

Anus and Rectosigmoid Region

Integration of physical assessment, & Documentation


Pregnant Patients

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.
Determination of Final Grade A final course grade of 75% is required for the student to pass this course. There are three unit exams, a comprehensive final, a genogram project, and lab assignments. All exams count equally at 20%. The genogram and lab assignments count 10% each.
Final Exam Date February 10, 2011 - 12:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* 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;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American 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.

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