House Bill 2504

Spring 2013 Course Syllabus

RNSG-1423-33 - Introduction to the Profession of Nursing

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2013
InstructorSmith, Wilma Kathryn
Phone(409) 984-6374
Allied Health
Chair:Ben Stafford
Phone:(409) 984-6211
Hours:Monday and Thursday by apointment
Building:Allied Health (AH)
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Course Information
Course Number11086
Course Description Introduction to the profession of nursing, including the registered nurse's role with emphasis on health promotion and primary disease prevention across the lifespan; essential components of the nursing health assessment; identification of deviations from expected health patterns; the application of a systemic, problem-solving process to provide basic nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan; and applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. The course is designed for licensed vocational/practical nurses who seek an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing in the first semester of the Upward Mobility Nursing Program. The course presents major

concepts basic to the curriculum and organizing framework to assure orientation to nursing as a professional endeavor. The attitudes, knowledge and skills of a registered nurse are emphasized, thereby facilitating the transition from LVN/LPN to Registered Nurse. Using an integrated approach and building on the foundation of fundamental knowledge and skills the LVN/LPN already has, the concepts of stress

adaptation, human needs, therapeutic communication, growth and development through the life cycle, safety and wellness/illness are explored for people of all age groups. Theoretical content is implemented in a clinical environment.

Course Prerequisites RNSG 1311 and RNSG 1301
Required Textbooks 2



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 –to

purchase this bundle you must purchase it through the Lamar State College – Port Arthur

Bookstore). To purchase each book separately you must use the following ISBN numbers:

Volume #1 (0135078067), Volume #2 (0135103517), Skills Manual (0558356877)

Ackley, B. J., & Ladwig, G. B. (2011). Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A guide to planning care (9th Ed.).

St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.

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.


1. Students must have internet capability and access to Microsoft Office 2007 or higher.

2. This is an integrated curriculum, which means that all books are used beginning with the first

Attendance Policy Get organized spend at least 3 hours per day in this course.Check email daily for updates.
Course Grading Scale 90-100 = A 80-89 = B 75-79 = C 60-74 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of Final Grade A final course grade of 75% is necessary for a student to pass this course. The final course grade is calculated as follows: Discussions and Assignments (Average) = 28%, a Mid-term Exam = 32% and a Comprehensive Final Exam = 40%. Both exams must be taken and will be proctored through ProctorU.

Final Exam Date February 13, 2013 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments 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 syllabus. 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. Midterm and Final Exams will be proctored through ProctorU. Assignments and Discussion Boards: Late assignments will have 25 points deducted for submissions received up to 24 hours late. Submissions received more than 24 hours late will result in a grade of zero. 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. Major Assignments Midterm Exam – Wednesday January 30, 2013 0800 to 2100 Final Exam – Wednesday February 13, 2013 from 0800 to 2100 Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Module 1 01/14/2013 – 01/20/2013 Review the course syllabus and assignments for this course. End of day Monday

Submit signed Academic Honor Code.

End of day Tuesday Read Concepts 33, 13, 27 and 41 in the textbook and Chapter 12 in the Skills Textbook End of
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates There are five (5) modules in this course. Each module represents one week of activity. 1. Roles and Functions; Legal and Ethical Responsibilities 2. Nursing Process 3. RN as Manager of Care 4. Critical Thinking and Decision Making 5. Collaborative Behavior and Therapeutic CommunicationMidterm Exam – Wednesday January 30, 2013 0800 to 2100 Final Exam – Wednesday February 13, 2013 from 0800 to 2100
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

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

2. Use a systematic problem-solving process to provide safe, individualized, evidence-based nursing care and coordinate care for a limited number of patients who have complex needs with predictable or unpredictable outcomes in various health care settings.

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

4. Collaborate 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 Lamar State College-Port Arthur, this course builds on previous
Course Student Learning Outcomes 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
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.

    Check email daily. Put course number in the subject line of all emails.
Additional Information
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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


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