House Bill 2504

Spring 2012 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1260-33 - Clinical - RN Training

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2012
InstructorSmith, Wilma Kathryn
Phone(409) 984-6374
Allied Health
Chair:Janet Hamilton
Phone:(409) 984-6354
Hours:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9-3pm
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number10856
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 Admission to the Upward Mobility Nursing Program or administrative approval.

BIOL 2401 & 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIOL 2420 Introduction to Microbiology

Required Textbooks Ackley, B. J., & Ladwig, G. B. (2011). Nursing diagnosis handbook: A guide to planning care (9th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-323-07150-5

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: 978-1-4377-0300-9 NOTE: Or current drug guide of choice.

Mathers, D. (2010). Virtual Clinical Excursions- Medical-Surgical. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

ISBN: 978-1-4160-6913-3

*North Carolina Concept-Based Learning Editorial Board (2011). Nursing: A concept-based approach to learning. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

        ISBN: 0558591612 (This is a three book bundle that includes Volume I, Volume II & Skills Book –this bundle is required for this program)

Pagana, K. D., & Pagana, T. J. (2010). Mosby’s manual of diagnostic and laboratory tests (4th Ed.). St. Louis, MO, Mosby Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-32305-747-9 NOTE: Or current diagnostic and lab test manual of choice

NOTE: This is an integrated curriculum, which means that all books are used beginning with the first semester. Students should be aware that the bookstore usually returns all their books before the end of the summer session, so please buy your books as soon as you can.

Attendance Policy Check online course and email daily. Keep in touch with your academic coach regarding assignments and other issues. The more time you spend in your coursework, the more you will learn.
Course Grading Scale 90-100 A

80-89 B

75-79 C

90-100 = A, 80-90 = B 70-79 = C 60-74 = D

59 and Below = F

Determination of Final Grade 1.        The grade for the clinical course consists of written work/computer assignments which are given a numerical grade. A student must achieve a minimum average of 74.5% or greater on written work to pass the course. Students must complete all clinical assignments to be successful in the course.

2.        The grade for the clinical course is derived from averaging the following grades:

Graded Course Components

Point Value        Percentage of Final Grade

Teaching Plan        3 @ 100 Points Each        20%

Clinical Summary        3 @ 100 Points Each        20%

Care Plan        1 @ 100 Points Each        10%

Clinical Case Study        1 @ 100 Points        50%

TOTAL                100%

3.         Students who fail a nursing course may repeat it once. Students must receive a 75 course grade in RNSG 1260 Clinical and in the mandatory co-requisite course to progress in the program.

Final Exam Date March 29, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Assignments

Virtual Clinical Excursion 1 – Week 1

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

•        Complete the assignment: Teaching Plan.

•        Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary.

Virtual Clinical Excursion #2 – Week 2

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

•        Complete the assignment: Teaching Plan.

•        Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary.

Virtual Clinical Excursion #3 – Week 3

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

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

•        Complete the assignment: Clinical Summary.

•        Complete the assignment: Care Plan Worksheet.

Virtual Clinical Excursion #4 – 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 (Due in Module 5).

Virtual Clinical Excursion #5 – Complete by Tuesday, 08/9/11

•        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.

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Online students do not have formal lecture dates. This is a flexible clinical practicum. Assignments are due at the end of each week.
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. Practices within the legal, ethical and regulatory standards for the professional nurse.

2. Uses a systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs in various health care settings.

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

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

Course Student Learning Outcomes 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:

1.        Use critical thinking and the nursing process to provide care to clients with common health problems.

2.         Identify principles of and demonstrate skills for safe basic nursing care including medication administration.

3.        Accurately and completely report and document:

a.         Client’s status including signs, symptoms, and responses

b.        Nursing care provided

c.        Administration of medications and treatments

d.        Client’s response to medications and treatments

e.        Contacts with other health care team members concerning significant events regarding client’s status.

4.        Implement measures to promote a safe environment for clients and others.

5.        Respect the client’s right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information.

6        Promote and participate in client education and counseling based on health needs.

7.        Obtain instruction and supervision as necessary when implementing nursing procedures or practices.

8.        Notify the appropriate individual when leaving a nursing assignment.

9.        Maintain professional boundaries of the nurse-client relationship.

10.        Provide without discrimination, nursing services regardless of age, disability, economic status, gender, national origin, race, religion, or health problems of the client served.

11.        Collaborate with the client, members of the health care team and, when appropriate, the client’s significant other(s) in providing the client’s health care.

12.         Demonstrate personal accountability and responsibility for providing safe basic nursing care.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    •        Clinical experience is planned to provide the student with the opportunity to develop nursing skills, to become involved in assessing, making a nursing diagnosis, planning, implementing and evaluating client care. For the clinical experience to be both profitable for the student and safe for the client involved, it is essential that the student complete the assigned preparation prior to the experience.

    •        Students are expected to be engaged actively in learning and collaborative study with peers and faculty. Students are expected to come prepared to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom or lab and to learn from expert nurses through an active intellectual process.

    •        The knowledge students will have from preparing for clinical experiences will provide a basis from which more active learning can take place. This background is needed to give safe care in the clinical setting. As the program progresses, students are expected to demonstrate more advanced problem solving and application of additional content.

    •        The Upward Mobility faculty at Lamar State College-Port Arthur believes that the core expression of professional nursing stems from the ability to self-evaluate, to become a lifelong learner. Students are expected to evaluate themselves on a regular basis.

Additional Information Always put the course numbers in the subject line of emails. I will not discuss your grades over the phone. Please contact your academic coach with questions and issues about assignments. If your coach does not respond within 24 hours, then you may email your head instructor.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans 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.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

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