House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1509-01 (Nurs Hlth-Illness II)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorSmith, Lisa Ramelle
Phone(409) 984-6359
E-mailsmithl@lamarpa.edu
Department
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
E-mail:hamiljr@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:3pm-5pm by appointment
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:127
Course Information
Course ID #10354
Course Subject-Number-SectionVNSG-1509-01
Course TitleNurs Hlth-Illness II
Course Description Introduction to common health problems requiring medical and surgical interventions.

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 deWitt, S.C. (2009). Medical-surgical nursing concepts and practice. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.

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

Learning Objectives In accordance with the mission of LSC-PA, VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health and Illness II 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.Compare and contrast normal physiology of body systems to pathologic variations in the patient with common medical-surgical health problems.

2.Compare and contrast diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the patient with common medical-surgical health problems.

3.Incorporate nutrition, drug therapy, and nursing interventions in applying plans of care to meet the needs of the patient experiencing common medical-surgical health problems.

4.Utilize the nursing process in caring for the patient with common medical-surgical health problems

5.Identify mental illness, treatment of abnormal patterns of behavior, and related nursing interventions.         

6.Demonstrate competency in medication administration and dosage calculations.

7.Describe the underlying theories of nursing skills using principles of safety and asepsis.

8.Demonstrate satisfactory performance of nursing skills using evidence based principles of safety and asepsis.

9.Identify priorities of care according to the patientís conditions.

10.Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities inherent in the role of the vocational nurse.

Major Assignments This course meets weekly for interactive group learning experiences. There are approximately four (4) hours of classroom instruction and three (3) of laboratory instruction.
Discussion Topics 1. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultures and ethnicities who have urinary elimination disorders.

2. Topic: Strategies of the Vocational Nurse in medication administration to patients of various cultures and ethnicities.

3. Topic: Strategies of the Vocational Nurse in administering parenteral medications to patients of various cultures and ethnicities.

4. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultures and ethnicities who are receiving intravenous therapy.

5. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have gastrointestinal disorders.

6. Topic: Strategies of the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultures and ethnicities who have a tracheostomy with the care

7. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have altered fluid, electrolyte, and acid base balance.

8. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have disorders of the gallbladder, liver and/or pancreas (hepatobiliary system).

9. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have who have disorders of the endocrine system.

10. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have who have diabetes.

11. Topic: Nursing Jurisprudence

12. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups experiencing shock, trauma, or critical illness.

13. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups in the perioperative period.

14. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have integumentary disorders.

15. Topic: Strategies used by the Vocational Nurse in caring for adult patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have cancer.

16. Topic: Strategies of the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have who have musculoskeletal disorders,trauma, and connective tissue disorders.

17. Topic: Strategies of the Vocational Nurse in caring for patients of various cultural and ethnic groups who have altered immunity.        

Attendance Policy 1.Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected.

2.A student who is absent from class for three (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, (two or more times) will be counseled and a plan of corrective action determined.

5.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.

6.It is the studentís 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 voice mail.

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 the biological and behavioral sciences as well as previous nursing knowledge will be included on exams, as appropriate.

3.The Comprehensive Final Exam must be taken.

4.Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. The test time will be set up for 80 seconds per question.

5.No questions may be asked during exams.

6.Students who arrive after the exam starts, but before it ends may take the exam without penalty. The student 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.

7.No make-up unit exams will be administered. The numerical grade attained on the Comprehensive Final Exam will be substituted for any missed unit exam(s).

8.If a student scores less than ď75" on a unit examination, the student 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.

9.Evaluation of Examinations: After each exam, the faculty uses psychometric         principles to evaluate the examination. Items missed by 50% or more of the class are reviewed. If an item is found to be flawed, the faculty may give credit for more than one answer or nullify the item. That is, if a student answered the item as originally keyed, the student will retain the credit for the item. If a studentís answer differs from the one originally keyed, the student is credited for the nullified item. In other words, everyone gets credit for the item and no one loses credit.

10.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 the student along with proposed answer supported by documentation from the current textbook and handouts.

11. Student will not receive credit for assignments or exams submitted without a name.

12. The average of the five (5) unit exams will be weighted equivalent to 50% of the VNSG 1509 grade.

13. The average of computer assignments/daily grades will be 10% of the course grade

14. The Final Exam grade will be 40% of the course grade

15.The following method will be used to determine each studentís grade in the course:

                Exam I                                10% Grade

                Exam II                                10% Grade

                Exam III                        10% Grade

                Exam IV                                10% Grade

                Exam V                                10% Grade

                Computer assignments average        10% Grade

                Final Exam                        40% Grade

                                         Total = 100% = course grade

Final Exam Date May 18, 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

90-100A
80-89B
70-79C
60-69D
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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