House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1261-03 (Clinical (LPN Training))

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorHatchel, Ralph Leon
Phone(409) 984-6373
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:Wed. 8-11, 12-3. All other hours by appointment.
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:107 L
Course Information
Course ID #10363
Course Subject-Number-SectionVNSG-1261-03
Course TitleClinical (LPN Training)
Course Description BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology                                  NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I                                          NURA 1160 Clinical (VN 1410)                                                                  Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program
Course Prerequisites PREREQUISITES: BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology                                  NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I                                          NURA 1160 Clinical (VN 1410)                                                                  Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program

MANDATORY CO-REQUISITE: VNSG 1500 Nursing in Health and Illness I

Required Textbooks Textbooks and Required Materials:

(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

Potter, P. A. & Perry A. G. (2007). Basic essentials for practice (6th ed.). St. Louis:


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

*Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary (20th ed.).(2005) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis

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


Castaldi, P. A. (2007). Study guide for basic nursing essential for practice (6th ed.).

        St. Louis: Mosby.

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

St. Louis: Mosby.

Silvestri, L. (2006). Comprehensive review for NCLEX-PN (3rd ed.). St Louis: Saunders.

Learning Objectives Course Learning Outcomes:

In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1261 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.        Demonstrate the role of the beginning vocational nurse.

2.        Perform nursing assessments regarding the health status of the patient.

3.        Participate in the communication process with clients, staff, and instructors.

4.        Record information legibly, using appropriate terminology and spelling with assistance.

5.        Respect the client’s right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information.

6.        Accept responsibility for personal/professional development.

7.        Implement nursing care according to the care plan.

8.        Evaluate the client’s responses to nursing interventions.

9.        State the rationale and the effects of medications and treatments.

10.        Accurately and completely report and document:

a.        Client’s status including signs, symptoms, and responses

b.        Nursing care rendered

c.        Administration of treatments

d.        Client’s response to medications and treatments

e.        Contacts with other health care team members concerning significant events regarding client’s status

11.        Implement measures to promote a safe environment for clients and others.

12.        Promote and participate in client education and counseling based on health needs.

13.        Obtain instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing nursing procedures or practices.

14.        Notify the appropriate individual(s) when leaving a nursing assignment.

15.        Maintain professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship.

16.        Provide without discrimination, nursing services regardless of age, disability, economic status, gender, national origin, race, religion, or health problems of the client served.

17.        Implement measures to prevent exposure to infectious pathogens and communicable conditions.

18.        Conform to the uniform policies outlined in the Vocational Nursing Program Handbook.

Major Assignments

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 clients assigned to         your care.

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

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

5.        Works well with patients 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.

Discussion Topics Vary according to clinical experiences recieved and course curriculum required and the percieved and actual needs of the nursing student.
Attendance Policy Attendance:

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 from class or clinical. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the faculty and 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 may 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 assigned clinical time on two (2) occasions may not be allowed to remain. If the student is sent home s/he will be counted absent from clinical.

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

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

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. Additional written work will be required if the student is absent from clinical. 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 be allowed to continue in clinical. Students will be required to do additional written work to continue in clinical. 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 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.

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 by appointment.

9.        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.

Determination of Final Grade

System of Grading:

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

2.        Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) and score 74.5% on written work/assignments in clinical and achieve a 75 course grade in the mandatory co-requisite course to progress in the program.

3.                The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the                 course:


                        Nursing Journal                                                Grade

Med-Surg. Case Study I                                Grade

Radiology Objectives                                Grade

Physical Therapy Objectives                                Grade

Teaching Project                                Grade

Computer Assignment 1                                Grade

Computer Assignment 2                                Grade

Computer Assignment 3                                Grade

Portfolio                                Grade


** Elderly Objectives / computer assignments(Alternate-make-up if sick)                

4.        Students who fail VNSG 1500 Nursing in Health and Illness I and repeat

         the course must also repeat the clinical co-requisite course.

5.        Clinical evaluations are completed twice each semester (mid term and

        end of semester). Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory

in practice, demonstrate safe competent client 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,

        clients 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.

6.        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.

7.        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 enrolling in the next nursing courses.

8.        Maintain a clinical portfolio. This portfolio will be kept current

throughout the entire program. The portfolio will include:

a.        Course schedule and Clinical schedule

b.        All course syllabi for current semester

c.        Student handbook

d.        Clinical Notebook

e.        Section for diagnosis, meds and lab sheets

f.        Section for daily physical assessment and nurses’ notes

g.        Section for specialty area objectives

h.        Section for completed case studies

i.        Section for computer assignments

j.        Section for teaching project

k.        Section for skills check-offs

l.        Section for counseling notes

m.        Section for clinical summary sheets

Final Exam Date May 6, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
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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) 984-6251.

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