House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

RNSG-2362-02 (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 #10370
Course Subject-Number-SectionRNSG-2362-02
Course TitleClinical RN Training
Course Description A health-related work-based experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Course Prerequisites A health-related work-based experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
Required Textbooks Ackley, B. J., & Ladwig, G. B. (2011). Nursing diagnosis handbook: A guide to planning care (9th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.

American Psychological Association (2009). Concise rules of APA style (6th Ed.). Washington, D.C.

Finkelman, A. W. (2006). Leadership and management in nursing. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson, Prentice

Hodgson, B. B., & Kizior, R. J. (2010). Saunders nursing drug handbook 2010. St. Louis, MO, Saunders Elsevier.

NOTE: Or current drug guide of choice.

Ignatavicious, D. D. & Workman, M. L. (2010). Medical-Surgical Nursing - Single Volume (6th Ed). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

Langford, R.W. & Thompson, J.D. (2005). Mosby’s handbook of diseases (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2006). Best practices: Evidence-based nursing practice (2nd Ed.). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins a Wolters Kluwer.

McKinney, E. S., Jones, S. R., Murray, S. S. & Ashwill, J. W. (2009). Maternal-child nursing (3rd Ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.

Mosby (2008). PDQ for RN – nursing facts at hand (2nd ed. ). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.

NCLEX-RN Review Book of Choice

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

Varcarolis, E. & Halter, M. (2009). Essentials of psychiatric mental health nursing- a communication approach to evidence-based care. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

Attendance Policy 1. Attendance at all scheduled clinical experiences is expected.

2. Students are not to work the shift immediately preceding clinical.

3. Students who are "NO CALL NO SHOW" demonstrate a lack of accountability and unprofessional conduct; therefore, they FAIL CLINICAL for the semester. The only possible exception is if a student is unable to call the faculty, the clinical facility, or the college.

4. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the faculty prior to any absence from clinical experiences. If the student is missing a clinical day, s/he must notify the assigned clinical faculty and preceptor. Call at least one-half hour before scheduled assignment.

5. If the clinical faculty does not return the student’s calls after two consecutive calls, fifteen minutes apart, the student should leave a voice mail and then call 984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872 ext. 6356 and leave a message.

6. Students cannot meet the objectives of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program without attending clinical.

Determination of Final Grade 1.        The grade for the clinical course consists of two components: (1) Written work 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 74.49% or greater on written work and an “S” on clinical performance to pass the course.

2.        The grade for the clinical courses are derived from the following grades:

Acute Care Case Study (2 Averaged) 20%

Teaching Plans (4 Averaged) 10%

        Clinical Summaries (6 Averaged) 10%

        Clinical Care Plans (6 Averaged) 10%

        Mental Health Care Plan and Assessment (1) 10%

        Clinical/Simulation Reflections (1) 10%

        Community Summary (1) 10%

        Teaching Project (1) – 20%

3.        Written coursework received after the assigned due date and time will result in the following deductions for tardiness:

a.        25 points up to 24 hours

b.        Greater than 24 hours will result in a zero for the assignment

4.        A clinical summary and one nursing diagnosis developed into a care plan will be due for every 24 precepted clinical hours.

5.        A community summary will provide an account of all required community hours.

6.        A student's unsatisfactory mid-semester clinical performance 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.        Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a satisfactory (S) in clinical performance as well as achieving a 75 course grade in the clinical course to complete the program.

8.        Students must submit a clinical schedule to their assigned clinical instructor prior to attending clinical.

9.        Students must complete 156 hours of clinical with their clinical preceptor from 01/20/2011 – 03/04/2011. Students are also required to complete a minimum of four community experiences with each experience a minimum of four hours prior to 03/18/2011.

10.        Students must complete a minimum of 288 clinical hours by the final clinical day to include:

Assignment        Clinical Hours

Orientation         12

Preceptor Clinical        156

Teaching Project         16

Community         16

Simulation Lab        40

Prep Time        48

Total Time        288

11.        Clinical evaluations by the preceptor are completed after completion of 36 hours, 72 hours, and upon completion of all clinical hours. Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate competent patient care, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times when in the clinical area.

12.        Clinical evaluations are completed by the clinical instructor twice each semester (mid term and end of semester). Evaluations will include student's ability to apply theory in practice, demonstrate competent patient care, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times when in the clinical area. Students are evaluated through use of the behavioral objectives listed on the clinical evaluation tool under each course rubric. Students must continue to meet the objectives for each course completed in subsequent courses. 80% of the objectives must receive a satisfactory rating by the end of the clinical course to pass the course.

Those objectives on the clinical evaluation tool marked by an asterisk are considered to be critical areas of performance and must always be satisfactorily met in the clinical setting. Satisfactory (S) =Maintains behavior with no more than one coaching. Needs improvement (NI) = requires coaching 2 or more times to meet an objective. Unsatisfactory (U) = cannot consistently perform behavior without coaching.

Evaluations are done by the clinical instructor with input from preceptor(s), staff at affiliating agency, patients 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.

13.        Teaching projects topics and partners will be assigned and community experience locations must be pre-approved by the clinical instructor.

14. Medical Surgical Case studies and Mental Health Assessment and care plans must be developed using a patient cared for this semester in the hospital facility.

15.         All assignments, including case studies and clinical logs, MUST be submitted to your instructor electronically. NO HARD COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Final Exam Date May 7, 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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