House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1462-04 (Clinical LVN Training)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorHamilton, Charlotte Anne
Phone(409) 984-6366
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:M-T 8-1500, WRF By Appointment
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:111L
Course Information
Course ID #10353
Course Subject-Number-SectionVNSG-1462-04
Course TitleClinical LVN Training
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.
Course Prerequisites VNSG 1500 Nursing in Health and Illness I                         VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration

VNSG 1331 Pharmacology                                                

VNSG 1304 Foundations of Nursing                                 VNSG 1261 Clinical LPN Nursing

Required Textbooks Textbooks and Required Materials:

(* Bold Text Selections required for this course.)

Eby, L., & Brown, N. J. (2009). Mental health nursing care (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ.: Prentice Hall:

*Hodgson, B.B & Kizor, R.J (2010). “Saunders nursing drug handbook 2010” St. Louis: Saunders.

Hill, S. S. & Howlett, H. S., Success in practical/ vocational nursing, (6th ed.). St.

Louis: Mosby.

*Langford, R&E Thompson, JD (2005). Mosby’s handbook of diseases (3rded.).St. Louis: Mosby.

*Langford, R.W (2008). Mosby’s PDQ for LPN: nursing facts at hand (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Mosby

*Pagna, K.d. & Pagana, T.S. (2009). Mosby’s manual of diagnostic and laboratory test (4th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby

deWit, S. C. (2009). Fundamental concepts and skills for nursing (3rd ed.). St. Louis: Sanders.

*Swearingen P.L (2009). All-in-one care planning resource (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

*Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary (21st ed.).(2009) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis

*Clinical Notebook (that will be provided by the faculty)


Evolve Reach comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Examination (2nd ed.). (2009).

St. Louis: Mosby.

Silvestri, L. (2009). Comprehensive review for NCLEX-PN (4th ed.). St Louis: Saunders.

Learning Objectives Lamar State College Port Arthur is determined to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in today’s dynamic work environment. Towards this end, the following workplace competencies are included in this course:

1.Acquires and evaluates information through use of the nursing process.

2.Communicates information to and receives input from the health care team to enhance the quality of care provided for the patients assigned to your care.

3.Utilizes critical decision making in setting priorities of care for patients.

4.Participates in the education of patients about various aspects of the disease process and the self-care associated with the disease.

5.Works well with children and family care givers with a variety of ethnic, social or educational backgrounds.

6.Selects the correct items needed to perform selected nursing procedures.

7.Demonstrates knowledge of own skills and abilities through clinical competency.

Major Assignments Medication Competency (average)         

Medical-Surgical Case Study                 

ER Objectives                                

PACU Objectives                                

Pedi Case Study                                

Teaching Project                                

Clinical Portfolio                

Discussion Topics Medication administration list and appropriate medication cards for assigned patient (s)

Primary and secondary medical diagnoses

Lab results with abnormal values.

Attendance Policy Attendance at all scheduled classes and clinical experiences is expected. Research has shown that consistent class and clinical attendance contributes to successful completion of not only the Vocational Nursing Program, but also passing the NCLEX-PN/VN. Regular attendance is an essential function of any job in nursing. Students who regularly miss class or clinical clearly demonstrate their refusal to be accountable to report to work regularly.

1.It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty that s/he is unable to attend clinical. Each clinical instructor is supplied by the college with a cell phone; the student can call and leave a message if the instructor does not answer. 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 should email and/or call the instructor’s office and leave a voice message.

2.Students who arrive after assigned clinical time will be counseled. Students who arrive after the assigned clinical time on two (2) occasions may not be allowed to remain. If the student is sent home the student will be counted absent from clinical.

3.A student who is absent from clinical without notification to faculty, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.

4.Students must be present the entire clinical day, including post-conference to get credit for their attendance.

5.Since clinical is such an important component of the VN Program, students are required to attend 100 per cent of the scheduled clinical days in any given semester. 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 who:

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 may continue in clinical. Students will be required to do additional written work to continue in clinical (ie. Case study, nursing journal or TLC). Students who do not meet the above criteria may be dismissed for the semester.

6.        Any student who is “no call, no show” for clinical demonstrates a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct. Therefore, s/he fails 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.

7.        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.

8.        The clinical instructor keeps an attendance record. Any student who is not sure about his/her status should meet with the instructor to discuss it.

9.        Students who fail to submit complete written objectives prior to assigned rotation to designated areas will be sent home. This is a clinical absence.

10.        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.

The instructors reserve the right to modify the course syllabus as needed during the course. Students will be notified of modifications as soon as possible.

Determination of Final Grade 1.The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work/computer assignments which are 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 74.5% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance to pass the course.

2.The student must pass a written medication administration competency evaluation with a minimum score of 85. The student will have three opportunities to achieve a minimum score of 85. Students who do not achieve a minimum score of 85 on the third medication administration evaluation will not be allowed to continue in the program.

3.If a student takes the exam more than once to achieve an 85, the average of the scores is used in determining the course grade. Students are not allowed to administer medications in clinical until they pass the medication competency exam

Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 8:00 AM
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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