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COURSE TITLE: VNSG 1119 Professional Development SEMESTER/YEAR: Fall 2013

INSTRUCTOR: Korbi Berryhill, MSN, RN, CRRN


OFFICE HOURS: Are by appointment


COURSE OUTCOME: “The expectation of your knowledge of nursing process and critical thinking also equalize the significance of the role and that practical/vocational nurse plays as part of the health care team”. (S.Hill & H. Howlett, 2009, pg. xiv)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will study the importance of professional growth. The topics will include the role of the licensed vocational nurse in the multi-disciplinary health care team, professional organizations and continuing education.

COURSE LEARNING GOALS: The student will describe the role of the licensed vocational nurse in multidisciplinary settings inclusive of basic principles of leadership and management; discuss the role of professional organizations and regulatory agencies; and identify criteria and appropriate resources for continuing education.

SCANS: This course meets the SCANs (Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills): (C-5, C-6, C-7, C-8, F-1, F-2, F-5, F-6, F-8, F-9, F-12, F-16)


Hill, Signe; Howlett, Helen; Success in Practical Nursing From Student to Leader, 7th edition, 2009, Mosby Elsevier.


Anderson, Mary Ann, Nursing Leadership, Management, and Professional Practice for the LP/LVN, 2nd Ed., Davis

ISBN # 0-8036-0794-6

Kurzen, Contemporary Practical/Vocational Nursing, 4th Ed., Lippincott ISBN # 07817-2593-3. Becker & Fendler, Vocational and Personal Adjustments in Practical Nursing, Mosby.

Ellis & Nowlis, Nursing: A Human Needs Approach, J. B. Lippincott Co. Scholarly Articles as assigned


II. Attendance Policy

This is Professional Development; therefore, each student will assume the professional responsibility for this class. There are no excused absences in this course. A student must sign in for class; a student who fails to sign in will be absent. Roll will be taken. A student who leaves after an exam is absent. A student who does not stay for the entire class period is absent. Students are not allowed to disrupt the class for tardiness and may come into the classroom following a break. You are allowed one tardy, after that a tardy is considered an absence. A student who misses more than 1 class in this course cannot meet course objectives and must withdraw from the VNP.

III. Examination Policy

There will be a unit exam over each lectured unit. Students are expected to read the information prior to coming to class and are expected to participate in class through discussion and answering questions. In order to pass this course, the student must

have a 75 average or better submit a professional portfolio

pass the Texas Board of Nursing Online Jurisprudence Examination * by the time designated on the schedule. (Please note: you need two copies of this certificate—one for the VNP file; one for the portfolio)

Complete program evaluations by time designated on schedule


Students are expected to take all examinations for each nursing course. .

a. There are NO make-up exams for this course. The lowest grade on regular exams will be dropped; thus, should a student need to miss an exam, that “0” will be dropped.

b. Should an additional exam be missed, the grade of “0” will stand. c. NO exams will be given prior to the originally scheduled exam.

Attention: All cell phones must be turned off during class. Should a cell phone go off during an exam, that student’s test will end right there with a “0”recorded for this test grade even if you are on the last question.


e. Projects: The student may have several projects due for this class. Due dates will be noted on the course schedule. No late projects will be accepted for any reason. Projects may be turned in early. Projects may include:


Letters: of inquiry, thank you and resignation “Hire Me” Poster

Job Application Library Assignment Committee Presentation Job Portfolio


* During the 2007 Legislative session, the Texas Legislature mandated that all candidates for licensure pass a jurisprudence examination prior to being licensed in Texas. Therefore, all students are required to pass the online Nursing Jurisprudence Examination (NJE) prior to completing this course. The student must answer 38 out of 50 questions correctly in order to pass. The student can re-take the examination every 7 days.

Please go to the BON website at, scroll down to the online nursing jurisprudence examination, click on it and take the examination. Once you pass the examination, please print two copies. One copy will go to your permanent school record and one will be your copy for you to keep. You must pass the exam in order to pass the course and the program. You can only take the exam every seven days. Please allow time to retake the exam in case you do not pass on your first attempt.

h. Grading Policy Grade Scale 90 – 100 = A 80 – 89.9 = B 75 – 79.9 = C 70 – 74.9 = D 69.9 and Below = F

Grades are not rounded up or down. Example a 79.9 shows a 79 which would be a C. The FINAL

COURSE GRADE is a letter grade only and is the grade that will appear on the SPC transcript. Numeric final course grades will not be listed on Blackboard.

Grade Breakdown:

Unit Exams and projects: 70%

Final Exam: 30%

Students have the opportunity to review all grades as they are recorded. Should the student have any questions about a specific grade or specific test question, the student must discuss this with the instructor within 48 hours of notification of the grade assignment. Once the 48 hours have passed without the student questioning the grade or question, the assigned grade is final and may not be challenged at the

end of the course. The final exam may not be reviewed.

i. Assignment Policy

A. It is the responsibility of the student to be informed of class progress and assignments and to come to class prepared to participate in discussion, to turn in any assignments due, and/or take the quiz or test scheduled for that day.

B. Reading any assigned material assists the student to listen to the lecture with a higher degree of acuity and to participate in class discussion more effectively. A student cannot expect to understand what is being said in class when she/he has had no previous contact with the ideas or terms related to the topic.

C. Have printed and read any articles assigned prior to class time.


j. Additional Information

The student is responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by the policies in this syllabus and the Student Handbook of South Plains College-Lubbock Vocational Nursing Program. This is a senior level course in the Vocational Nursing Program. Students are therefore expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to represent themselves as “almost” professionals. The following behaviors are unprofessional and disruptive and will not be tolerated in this course: talking while the instructor/guest speaker/video is talking; sleeping in class; using cell phones or passing notes. The first time this occurs, the instructor will address the behavior in class; the second time the student will be asked to leave and an absence recorded. (If the absence causes the student to be over the one absent limit, the student will have to withdraw from the VNP). The third time disruptive behavior occurs the student will be withdrawn from the course.

k. Course objectives: On completion of PD the student should be able to: This course meets the Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) as

1. Member of a Profession

2. Provider of Patient Centered Care 3. Patient Safety Advocate

4. Member of the Health Care Team


Method of

Instruction & Evaluation

1 2 3 4

1. Describe the expanded role of the LVN as described in your state’s Nurse Practice Act. Identify the charge nurse position as an LVN and their scope of practice.

Lecture, PPP, academic journal articles Unit exams


2. Identify ways to attain competency in in which knowledge and skills are needed to be an effective first line leader.

Lecture, PPP, academic journal articles, Unit exams


3. Using nursing process as a guide, discuss the method for assigning and delegating.

Lecture, PPP, academic journal articles Unit exams


4. List the requirements for continuing education; professional organizations and define the duties of the LVN. Lecture, PPP, academic journal articles Unit exams X X

5. Describe the shift to long term care and home health nursing and identify the role of the LVN home setting.

Lecture, PPP, academic journal articles, Unit exams


6. Discuss and prepare resumes’, job applications and prepare for job interviews. Discuss requirements of state board of nursing eligibility and purpose for NCLEX exam.

Lecture, PPP, academic journal articles, Unit exams


7. Be present and punctual for all classes with no more than 1 absence.

Sign in Sheet X

l. Methods of instruction may include: 1. Lecture

2. Discussion

3. Audio-Visual Aids

4. Reading Assignments/nursing journals 5. Written Assignments



Print Name:

I have read the syllabus for VNSG 1119 Professional Development.

I understand the course requirements, exams, grading and student behavior. I

understand that to exit the course, I must have a 75 or better grade average,

must submit my certificate that I passed the Texas Jurisprudence Exam and I

completed all required evaluations. I understand that as a senior vocational

nursing student, I am responsible and accountable for my own actions and

decisions. I agree that if I attend class, I will be fully prepared and fully

engaged in the course.

I have had the opportunity to have my questions answered and I agree to the

terms of the course as found in the syllabus.





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