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COURSE SYLLABUS Prerequisite Class

COURSE TITLE: VNSG 1222 Vocational Nursing Concepts


INSTRUCTOR: Sue Matthews, RN, B.S. Ed

OFFICE: Room 503

OFFICE HOURS: Are posted on the office door.

OFFICE PHONE: 716-4683


(best method of communication) COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is an introduction to the nursing profession, its responsibilities and its legal and ethical issues in nursing practice. This course will also deal with concepts related to the physical, emotional, and psychosocial self-care of the learner/professional.


The student will discuss the personal adjustments essential to the development of the vocational nurse; identify the role of the licensed vocational nurse; and discuss the legal and ethical responsibilities in vocational nursing practice.


I. Text:

Hill and Howlett (7th Edition), Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing,


Becker & Fendler, Vocational and Personal Adjustments in Practical Nursing, Mosby Ellis & Nowlis, Nursing: A Human Needs Approach, J. B. Lippincott Co.

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)


II. Attendance Policy

Roll is taken for each class. A student who is not present when roll is taken will be considered “absent.” A student who fails to sign in on the attendance form is absent. Students are not allowed to disrupt the class for tardiness. A student may come into the classroom following a break, but the “absence” remains on the record. A student who does not stay for the entire class period is “absent.” Because of time limitations, any absence has an adverse affect on the student’s academic career. The student can only “miss two class periods,” on the 3nd absence the student will be administratively dropped from the course. Research has determined that good attendance and participation are essential to being successful.

III. Examination Policy

In order to pass this course the student must: Have a course average of 75 or better Have no more than 2 absence in this course

A. Exams may be essay, fill-in-the blank, multiple choice, matching and/or true – false..

B. NO exams will be given prior to the originally scheduled exam.

C. Missed Exams / makeup work:

1. Students are expected to take all examinations for each nursing course. There are NO makeup exams for this course. The Final Exam is comprehensive (meaning that it covers the entire course). The Final Exam grade will be the grade for the first missed exam only. Should any additional exams be missed, a grade of “0” will be recorded.

2. A make-up Final Exam may only be done under documented “extenuating” circumstances, (examples: you are admitted to the hospital; death of husband, wife, or child). A grade of “I” will be given to the student who cannot take the Final at the scheduled time. Students who receive an “I” for missing the Final will have to wait to start the next appropriate semester as a readmission student.

3. No exams will be given prior to the originally scheduled exam.

4. ATTENTION : All cell phones must be turned off during class. (if your phone goes off during lecture, it may become my property until class is over.)

Should a cell phone go off during an exam, that student’s test will end right there and a grade of “50” will be recorded for this test grade even if you are on the last question. You and your phone will then leave the classroom.


5. For Test Security, hats, caps, backpacks, purses or jackets may not be worn during an exam.

E. Final Exam

The Final Exam is a comprehensive paper-pencil exam over the entire course and meets all the course objectives. For review, the student is referred to the Course Objectives. A make-up Final Exam may only be done under documented extenuating circumstances and will follow the same format as all make-up exams.

Should the student be unable to take the Make-up Final Exam before the start of the next semester, then that student will receive a grade of “I ” (incomplete). Students who receive an “I” for missing the Final Exam will have to wait to start the next appropriate semester.

F. Grading Policy Grade Scale 90-100 = A 80-89.9 = B 75-79.9 = C 70-74.9 = D

Grades are not rounded up or down; i.e., 79.5 =79.5. The final course grade will not be rounded up. The student must earn a “C” in the course to pass.

Exams 70% Final Exam 30%

H. Assignment Policy

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

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.


I. Additional Information: Expected Student Behavior

The student is expected to abide by the policies in this syllabus and should conduct themselves in a manner that is not disruptive and allows others to have an environment to learn in.

1. talking/giggling while the instructor/guest speaker/another student/or video is “talking”

2. sleeping during class time

3. using cell phones or passing notes during class time

Should the above behavior disrupt the class, the student(s) can expect to be ask to leave the classroom.

Attention: All cell phones should be turned off during the class time. Place your phone on your desk, face up. This will be a reminder

to have it turned off.

Again, should a cell phone go off during an exam, that student’s test will end right there with a “50” recorded for this exam grade. (even if the student is on the last question of that exam).


VII. Course objectives: 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

This course does this through the following objectives:

Objective Method of

instruction & evaluation

1 2 3 4

1. Discuss the patient's Bill of Rights and explain the role of the nurse in regard to the patient's rights; understands the role of the nurse advocate and advocates with the HC team

Lecture; PP Examination

x x x

2. Define confidentiality and the nurse's responsibility to protect the patient; providing safe and compassionate care

Lecture; PP Examination


3. Define ANA, LVNAT, NFLPN, NAPNES, HMO, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, DRG.; understands national codes of ethics for nurses

Lecture; PP Examination


4. Differentiate between "ethical" and "legal". Lecture; PP Examination


5. Explain the function of the State Board of Nursing; the difference in permissive and mandatory licensure and which applies in Texas; demonstrates knowledge of Nurse Practice Act and BON rules that emphasize safety; understands Safe Harbor Lecture; PP; research BON website Examination x x

6. Identify standards of vocational nurse practice and the LVN code of ethics; identify decision making processes; identify lines of authority and accountability.

Lecture; PP Examination

x x

7. Identify unique customs and practices of various religions, beliefs and cultures. Discuss how they influence health care.

Lecture, PP, group project



8. Discuss legal aspects of nursing care including liability insurance, libel vs. slander in nurse-patient relationship, invasion of privacy, Good Samaritan Law, informed consent, "reasonable and prudent nursing;" and child abuse and the nurse's role in risk management.

Lecture; PP Examination


9. Discuss the nurse's role in cost containment; identify factors which affect the public image of nursing; discuss basic characteristics, trends, and issues of health care delivery.

Lecture; PP Examination

x x


providing support to your patient.

Examination 11. Describe various therapeutic communication techniques. Lecture; PP; video

Examination 12. Discuss the role of the SVN and define the protocols and

policies from the student handbook; identify institutional policies and procedures.

Lecture; PP Examination


13. Identify the roles and plans of care of other health care workers in relation to nursing care; communicates effectively with the HC team

Lecture; PP Examination

x x

14. Discuss the historical evolution of professional and vocational nursing practice, the roles of professional and vocational nursing and the impact on health care today.

Lecture; PP Examination


15. Identifies behaviors which promote a positive image of vocational nursing, using self-evaluation of behaviors to improve nursing care.

Lecture; PP Examination


16. Utilizes the nursing process to establish priorities, develop goals, choose appropriate interventions. evaluate care, report and document patient responses, share goal with patient and family; uses appropriate documentation tools such as flow sheets, nurses notes, admissions and discharge sheets.

Lecture; PP Examination

x x

17. Is present and punctual for all classes with no more than ONE absence.

Sign in sheet x 18. Follows established evidence-based clinical guidelines Lecture; PP


x x

19. Uses appropriate communication techniques to maintain professional boundaries

Lecture; PP Examination


VNC Syllabus Contract

Print Name: _______________________________Last 4 # of ID: ______

I have read and understand the VNC Syllabus and schedule. I

have had the opportunity to ask questions.




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