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COURSE TITLE: VNSG 1219 Professional Development SEMESTER/YEAR: Fall 2015

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)


Dahlkemper, Tamara; Anderson’s Nursing Leadership, Management, and Professional Practice for the LPN/LVN, 5thnd Ed., Davis

Hill, Signe; Howlett, Helen; Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing From Student to Leader, 7th

edition, 2013, Mosby Elsevier. References:

Kurzen, Contemporary Practical/Vocational Nursing, 4th Ed., Lippincott

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

Texas Board of Nursing, Nurse Practice Act 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. 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—this counts as one absence. A student who misses more than one (1) class period does not meet the passing criteria for this class and must withdraw.

Attendance and timeliness are two characteristics of professionals. III. Examination Policy

Each unit will have either written assignments counted as an exam grade OR there will be a unit exam. There will be NCLEX question type exams each day there is not a unit exam. This is to help prepare the student for the capstone and the NCLEX.

In order to pass and exit this course, the student must

 have a 75 average or better for the final course grade AND

 pass the Texas Board of Nursing Online Jurisprudence Examination * by the time designated on the schedule AND

 have no more than one (1) absence AND

 Complete program evaluation by time designated on schedule AND

* 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.

AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR LICENSURE with the Texas Board of Nursing, 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.

Course Assignments (Projects): The work of this course is in projects and reading work. Due dates will be noted on the course schedule. More information about each assignment can be found on BlackBoard under Course Assignments. No late projects will be accepted for any reason. Projects may be turned in early by handing them in directly to the course instructor (do not leave them in the box outside the office door). Projects should be submitted in a paper pocket folder. References should be

appropriately used for all work. h. 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. 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.

There are 3 unit exams and a set of writing exercises that count as one exam grade for a total of 4 unit exam grades.

Some participation assignments are assigned to be completed PRIOR to the class experience and are noted on the course schedule. These are due at 0800 on the day assigned. Other class participation assignments will be done in class.

Grade Breakdown:

Unit Exams/assignments: 60%

Final exam/assignment: 40%

Jurisprudence Exam required

Program Evaluation required

i. Assignment Policy

A. It is the responsibility and a sign of professionalism 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.

D. Each student is expected to come to class prepared with the assignment. 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. 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

6. Exams



Print Name:

I have read the syllabus for VNSG 1219 Professional Development.

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

understand that to exit the course, I must have the following:

a 75 or better grade average

submission of my certificate that I have passed the Texas

Jurisprudence Exam

no more than one absence

completion of 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.

Student Signature: ________________________ Date:_________________




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