House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1260-31 (Clinical-RN Training)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorMacNeill, Shirley Beth
Phone(409) 984-6365
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:M-Th 8-11, F by appointment
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:116
Course Information
Course ID #10582
Course Subject-Number-SectionRNSG-1260-31
Course TitleClinical-RN Training
Course Description A health-related, work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupation theory, skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Course Prerequisites The student must be admitted to the Upward Mobility Nursing Program and have completed RNSG 1300 Health Assessment across the Lifespan and RNSG 1311 Nursing Pathophysiology.
Required Textbooks Primary Textbook:

Ignatavicious, D. D. & Workman, M. L. (2010). Medical-Surgical Nursing - Single Volume - Text and Virtual Clinical Excursions 3.0 Package, (6th Ed). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders. ISBN: 978-1-4160-6914-0

NOTE: The package referenced above includes the textbook, CD, and workbook. Students should ensure that they purchase all three items.

Supplemental Textbooks:

Ackley, B. J., & Ladwig, G. B. (2008). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A guide to planning care (8th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323048262

American Psychological Association (2009). Concise rules of APA style (6th Ed.). Washington, D.C. ISBN: 978-1-4338-0560-8

Hodgson, B. B., & Kizior, R. J. (2010). Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook 2010. St. Louis, MO, Saunders Elsevier. ISBN: 9781437703009. Or current drug guide of choice.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2006). Best practices: Evidence-based nursing practice (2nd Ed.). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins a Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-10: 1-58255-532-X. ISBN-13: 978-1-58255-532-4.

Pagana, K. D., & Pagana, T. J. (2010). Mosby’s manual of diagnostic and laboratory tests (4th Ed.). St. Louis, MO, Mosby Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323057479. Or current diagnostic and lab manual of choice

Readings and resources will be assigned throughout the modules. Some of these resources will be available through Gate’s Memorial Library’s electronic reserves. Others will be Internet resources available through links in the course. Textbooks, CD-ROMs, and workbooks are required and can be purchased from the Lamar Port Arthur Online Bookstore ( or from most online book retailers.

Learning Objectives Course Goals

In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, RNSG 1260 - Clinical assists the student to develop the particular skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success as a registered nurse. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

• use critical thinking and the nursing process to provide care to patients with common health problems.

• identify principles of and demonstrate skills for safe basic nursing care including medication administration.

• accurately and completely report and document:

- Patient’s status including signs, symptoms, and responses

- Nursing care provided

- Administration of medications and treatments

- Patient’s response to medications and treatments

- Contacts with other health care team members concerning significant events regarding patient’s status.

• implement measures to promote a safe environment for patients and others.

• respect the patient’s right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information.

• promote and participate in patient education and counseling based on health needs.

• obtain instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing nursing procedures or practices.

• notify the appropriate individual when leaving a nursing assignment.

• maintain professional boundaries of the nurse-patient relationship.

• provide without discrimination, nursing services regardless of age, disability, economic status, gender, national origin, race, religion, or health problems of the patient served.

• collaborate with the patient, members of the health care team and, when appropriate, the patient’s significant other(s) in providing the patient’s health care.

• demonstrate personal accountability and responsibility for providing safe basic nursing care.

Major Assignments Assignments

Module 1 - Virtual Clinical Week 1

• Complete Virtual Clinical Excursion (VCE) Lesson 2 – Pain (Chapter 5).

• Complete the assignment: Teaching Plan.

• Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary (covers both patients).

Module 2 - Virtual Clinical Week 2

• Complete VCE Lesson 5 - Fluid Imbalance (Ch. 13).

• Complete the assignment: Teaching Plan.

• Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary (covers both patients).

Module 3 - Virtual Clinical Week 3

• Complete VCE Lesson 12 - Asthma (Ch. 32).

• Complete VCE Lesson 16 – Hypertension (Ch. 38).

• Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary (covers all patients).

• Complete the assignment: Care Plan Worksheet.

Module 4 - Virtual Clinical Week 4

• Begin VCE Lesson 24 - Problems of regulation & metabolism: Diabetes Mellitus, Part 1 (Ch. 67).

• Begin VCE Lesson 25 - Problems of regulation & metabolism: Diabetes Mellitus, Part 2 (Ch. 67).

• Complete the assignment: Teaching Plan.

• Begin the assignment: Clinical Case Study (Note: Due in Module 5).

Module 5 - Virtual Clinical Week 5

• Complete VCE Lesson 24 - Problems of regulation & metabolism: Diabetes Mellitus, Part 1 (Ch. 67).

• Complete VCE Lesson 25 - Problems of regulation & metabolism: Diabetes Mellitus, Part 1 (Ch. 67).

• Complete the assignment: Clinical Case Study (Note: Began in Module 4 Due in Module 5).

Discussion Topics None
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student who is absent for 3 days may be dropped from the program by the program director. Attendance and participation in all asynchronous discussions is expected and demonstrates professional behavior and accountability. It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor prior to any absence.
Determination of Final Grade Grading Policy

Successful completion of the course requires the student to complete the readings, view the videos, interact in the online discussions, complete the required assignments, and participate in course activities. Questions and disagreements concerning points/grades on assignments must be raised with the faculty member prior to the end of the course. In cases where final grades are “on the borderline” between two grades, the faculty reserves the right to use the level and quality of class participation as the determination of the final grade. Students must earn a grade of at least “C” to receive credit towards the ADN degree. Any grade lower than a “C“ will require the student to repeat the course.

All participation will be electronically monitored. Late assignments may be penalized up to 5% for every day late after the date and time due, unless prior arrangements have been made with the faculty.

Grades will be calculated using the following percentage distributions:

90 to 100% = A

75 to 79% = C

00 to 59% = F

80 to 89% = B

60 to 74% = D

Graded Course Components

Point Value

Percentage of Final Grade

Teaching Plan

3@ 100 Points Each


Clinical Summary

3 @ 100 Points Each


Care Plan

1@ 100 Points Each


Clinical Case Study

1 @ 100 Points




Grades of incomplete are NOT automatically given when there are missing assignments at the end of the course. A student must discuss with the faculty of record for the course the reasons that an incomplete grade is being requested. This discussion must occur as soon as the student recognizes that a problem exists. Faculty members are not obligated to grant the use of an incomplete grade. With no prior discussion of the need for an incomplete, students not completing the required activities will receive the grade for the course based on the percentage of the required material submitted.

Final Exam Date February 12, 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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