House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1304-01 (Foundations of Nursing)

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 #10360
Course Subject-Number-SectionVNSG-1304-01
Course TitleFoundations of Nursing
Course Description Introduction to the nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal

and ethical issues and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health,

therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process and

holistic awareness.

Course Prerequisites Prerequisites: NURA 1160, NURA 1301, admission to the Vocational Nursing Program

Required Textbooks

Textbooks and Required Materials:

Brooks, M. L. (2008). Exploring medical language online to accompany exploring

        language (7th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

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

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.W. & Thompson, J.M. (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

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

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


Evolve Reach comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Examination (2nd ed.). (2008). St. Louis : Mosby.

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

Learning Objectives Course Learning Outcomes:

In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1304 Foundations of Nursing 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.        Identify roles and legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of a vocational nurse as a member of the health care team in a variety of health care settings.

2.        Identify characteristics of a therapeutic nurse/client relationship.

3.        Examine positive mental health practices emphasizing cultural and spiritual diversity.

4.        Relate the history of nursing to the present day.

5.        Recognize the components of the nursing process related to primary nursing interventions.

6.        Explain Medical Terms related to the Healthcare System.

Major Assignments Various classroom and clinical assignments as dictated by course curriculum.
Discussion Topics Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for clients of

various cultural and ethnic groups teaching them to identify methods of coping with stress.

Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in developing medical terminology.

Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in nurturing

professional integrity.

Promoting Success in Nursing Education.:

Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for clients of various cultural and ethnic groups for legal principles in nursing.:

Attendance Policy Attendance:

1.        Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected.

2.        A student who is absent from class for 3 days may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.

3.        Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.

4.        Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the beginning of class (2 or more times) will be counseled and a plan of corrective action determined. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive fifteen (15) minutes after the beginning of class should not enter the classroom and should wait until break to enter.

5.        It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any absence. If the student is unable to contact the instructor(s) the student should call 409-984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872 ext. 6356. The student should also email the faculty or call the faculty office and leave a voicemail.

6.        Students who arrive after an exam starts but before it ends, may take the

exam without penalty. They are given no additional time.

7.        Lab jackets must be worn at all times while in the skills lab.

Determination of Final Grade System of Grading:

1.        Examinations are based on course objectives.

2.        Course content from prerequisite courses as well as previous nursing knowledge will be included on exams, as appropriate.

3.        There are three unit exams, medical terminology quizzes averaged for an additional unit exam, and a comprehensive final that counts as two exams, for a total of six grades. A minimum average of 75% on exams, independent of all other requirements, is necessary to pass the course.

4.        The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken.

5.        Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. The test will be set up for 80 seconds per question. No questions may be asked during exams. Students who arrive after the exam starts, but before it ends may take the exam without penalty, however, they will not be allowed additional time. If a student must miss an exam, the student must contact the instructor prior to the exam or within twenty-four (24) hours of the exam. No make-up unit exams will be administered. The numerical grade attained on the Final exam will be substituted for any missed unit exam(s).

6.        If a student scores less than “75" on a unit examination, he/she is required to make an appointment with an instructor prior to the next exam. At that time the student will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve performance on subsequent examinations.

7.        Any challenge to exam questions must be presented in writing within one week of review of the exam. Disputed test items must be submitted by student along with proposed answer supported by documentation from the current textbook, handouts and references.

8.        The following method will be used to determine each students grade in the course:

Exam I                                Grade

Exam II                                Grade

Exam III                                Grade

Exam IV (Medical Terminology Averages)        Grade

Final                                Grade

Final                                                                 Grade

                                                        Total divided by 6

Letter grades are assigned as follows:


90 --100


80 – 89


75 – 79


60 – 74


0 -- 59

9.        The last day to drop or withdraw from the course is: April 6, 2011

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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