House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1207-73 (Nurs Jurisprudence)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorSmith, Wilma Kathryn
Phone(409) 984-6374
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:M-TH 9-12
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:107
Course Information
Course ID #10374
Course Subject-Number-SectionRNSG-1207-73
Course TitleNurs Jurisprudence
Course Description A course in nursing jurisprudence and ethics with an emphasis on personal and professional responsibility. Study of the laws and regulations related to the provision of safe and effective professional nursing care. This course lends itself to either a blocked or integrated approach.
Course Prerequisites RNSG 1423 Introduction to Professional Nursing for Integrated Programs; RNSG 1260 Clinical RNSG; RNSG 2514 Care of Patients with Complex Health Care Needs; RNSG 2535 Integrated Client Care Management
Required Textbooks Aiken, T., (2004). Legal, ethical, and political issues in nursing (2nd Ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

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 are required and can be purchased from the Lamar Port Arthur Online Bookstore ( or from most online book retailers

Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

•        Describe the roles of the professional nurse in a variety of health care settings.

•        Identify standards of nursing practice.

•        Discuss issues concerning professional boundaries.

•        Discuss supervisor liability.

•        Describe the rights of the nurse in a peer review situation.

•        Relate the difference between minor and reportable incidents

•        Discuss other legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing according to the Nursing Practice Act for the State of Texas.

Major Assignments Reading Assignments and Skimming Assignments: When asked to read a text, an article or some other resource, the student should look carefully at the material so as to understand the meaning of what is being presented. For example, if you are asked to read a chapter in the textbook, you are expected to know and to at least begin to understand the information being presented by the time you complete the reading.

In comparison, skimming consists of familiarizing yourself with the materials being covered. When asked to skim materials, it is a good practice to read the first and last sentences of the paragraphs within the text. If you do not get the gist of the passage, read more. The student should also pay attention to titles, headings, images and tables so to become familiar with the basic ideas presented.

Discussions/Assignments: In these discussions and assignments, you will complete the activities and address the discussion questions or assignments presented within each Module after completing all readings and research assigned. You will also submit scholarly responses to other student postings. These assignments are worth 100 points each.

Final Summation: In this assignment, you will identify the key points within the information discussed that will make a difference and change the way you are currently nursing. This assignment is worth 100 points.

Exams: You will complete two electronic exams during the course. The midterm exam is worth 100 points and the final exam is worth 100 points. The due dates for completion of the exams are listed in the module. Exams are multiple choice, short answer and true/false. No essay questions are included. Questions for the quizzes will be randomly selected so no two students have the same test. Each test item is of equal weight, so no student has an easier or more difficult test to take. There are no test retakes available.

Individual Discussion Postings: Discussion amongst and between classmates is a major component of this course. At several points in this course, you will be asked to respond to a provocation from the instructor. Your response should consist of complete sentences and should be meet the requirements listed in each discussion assignment instructions. Additionally, you are required to post thoughtful and scholarly responses to other student postings each week

Discussion Topics 1.        Nursing Practice and Nursing and the Law

2.        ANA Code of Ethics and Personal Code of Ethics

3.        Overview of Liability and Rules and Regulations

4.        Documentation and Liability of Nurse Managers

5.        Nursing Practice Act and Rules and Regulations

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 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

Discussions/Assignments         14 @ 100 Points (averaged)        70%

Final Summation        100 Points         20%

Midterm Exam        100 Points        5%

Final Exam        100 Points        5%

TOTAL                100%

Final Exam Date March 4, 2011 - 8:59 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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