House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

VNSG-1334-01 (Pediatrics)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorSparks-Bush, Dana Lynn
Phone(409) 984-6362
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Telephone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:T 8-3
Building:Allied Health (AH)
Room #:120
Course Information
Course ID #10349
Course Subject-Number-SectionVNSG-1334-01
Course TitlePediatrics
Course Description Study of childhood diseases and childcare from infancy through adolescence. Focus on the care of the well and ill child utilizing the nursing process.

Course Prerequisites Study of childhood diseases and childcare from infancy through adolescence. Focus on the care of the well and the ill child utilizing the nursing process.
Required Textbooks deWitt, S.C. (2009). Medical-surgical nursing concepts and practice. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.

deWit, S. C. (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.

London, M.L., Wieland, P.A., Ball, J.W. and Binder, R.C. (2011). Maternal & child nursing care (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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.


deWitt, S.C. & Kumagai, C.K. (2009). Student learning guide medical-surgical nursing.

St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.

Evolve Reach comprehensive review for the NCLEX-PN Examination (2nd ed.). (2009).

St. Louis: Mosby.

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

Learning Objectives 1.        Function within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards of the nursing profession.

2.        Use a systematic problem-solving process in the care of multiple patients who have predictable health care needs to provide safe, individualized, goal-directed nursing care.

3.        Adopt an approach to nursing practice that promotes safety for patients, significant others, self, and members of the healthcare team.

4.        Cooperate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide optimum, evidence-based, safe, care to patients.

Major Assignments 1. Topic: Dosage calculation for pediatric medication administration

Objective: Upon completion of the learning experience, the student should be able to:

2. Topic: Growth and development from infancy through adolescence

Objectives: Upon completion of this learning experience, the student should be able to:

3. Topic: Assessment of Pediatric patients from infancy through adolescence.

Objectives: Upon completion of this learning experience, the student should be able to:

Discussion Topics Accurately interpret medication labels.

Accurately calculate dosages based on weight.

Identify measures to safely administer medications to pediatric patients.

Identify special precautions when administering oral, parenteral and intravenous therapy to pediatric patients.

        Relate the principles of growth and development to major theorists and give examples of each.

        Illustrate major biophysical changes occurring in pediatric patients.

        Identify health needs, concerns, & risk factors for individuals in each stage of development.

        Use multiple theories of growth and development when providing nursing care to pediatric patients.

        Distinguish the effect of family dynamics upon the stages of growth and development.

        Illustrate the process of cognitive development in pediatric patients.

        Compare physiological and functional changes that occur with normal growth and development.

        Explain the use of the Denver Developmental Screening Test in assessing development.

        Identify socio-environmental factors that may inhibit the pediatric patient from meeting needs and realizing potentials.

        Discriminate major concepts of successful socialization.

        Explain how the interplay of biologic factors, environmental forces, and self-concept predisposes a child to healthy or altered behavior.

        Discuss social and environmental influences on the pediatric patient

        Discuss health promotion for the infant, young child, older child and adolescent.

        Identify nursing considerations for the child and family in the community.

Attendance Policy Attendance:

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 late (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) minutesafter 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 voice mail.

Determination of Final Grade The Final exam grade will be weighted 40% of final grade.
Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
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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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