VOCATIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS

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COURSE SYLLABUS
VNSG 1222 (1:1:0)
VOCATIONAL NURSING CONCEPTS
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VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM
DEPARTMENT OF ALLIED HEALTH
HEALTH OCCUPATIONS DIVISION
LEVELLAND CAMPUS
SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE
Fall 2014
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COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE TITLE:
VNSG 1222 Vocational Nursing Concepts
CLASS TIMES:
Tuesday
INSTRUCTOR:
Janet Hargrove, R.N.
2:30-5:00 pm
OFFICE LOCATION, Room #, phone, email:
AH 103A
806.716.2386 (office)
806.891.3117 (cell)
[email protected]
OFFICE HOURS:
By Appointment
SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE IMPROVES EACH STUDENT’S LIFE
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I.
GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
A.
COURSE DESCRIPTION (WECM):
Introduction to the nursing profession and its responsibilities, includes legal
and ethical issues in nursing practice. Concepts related to the physical,
emotional, and psychosocial self-care of the learner/professional.
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.
B.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (DECS):
The student will discuss the personal adjustments essential to the development of the vocational
nurse. The student will also identify the role of the licensed vocational nurse and discuss the legal
and ethical responsibilities in vocational nursing practice.
Following successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.
Discuss the patient’s Bill of Rights and explain the role of the nurse in regards to the
patient’s rights.
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2.
Define confidentiality and the nurse’s responsibility to protect the patient.
3.
Define ANA, LVNAT, NFLPN, NAPES, HMO, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, DRG.
4.
Differentiate between ethical and legal.
5.
Explain the function of the State Board of Nursing; the difference in permissive and
mandatory licensure which applies to Texas.
6.
Identify standards of vocational nurse practice that and the LVN code of ethics; identify
decision making processes; identify lines of authority and accountability.
7.
Identify unique customs and practices of various religions, beliefs, and cultures. Discuss
how they influence healthcare.
8.
Discuss legal aspects of nursing care including liability insurance, libel vs. slander in
nurse-patient relationships, invasion of privacy, Good Samaritan Law, informed consent,
“reasonable and prudent nursing”, child abuse, and the nurse’s role in risk management.
9.
Discuss the nurse’s role in cost containment; identify factors which affect the public
image of nursing; discuss the basic characteristics, trends, and issues of health care
delivery.
10.
Explain the role of family and/or significant others in providing support to your patient.
11.
Describe various therapeutic communication techniques.
12.
Discuss the role of the SVN and define the protocols and policies from the student
handbook; identify institutional policies and procedures.
13.
Identify the roles and plans of other health care workers in relation to nursing care.
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.
15.
Identify behaviors which promote a positive image of vocational nursing, using selfevaluation of behaviors to improve nursing care.
16.
Utilizes the nursing process to establish priorities, develop goals, choose appropriate
interventions, evaluate care, report and document patient responses, share goals with
patient and family; uses appropriate documentation tools such as flow sheets, nurses
notes, admission and discharge sheets.
(C-5, C-6, C-7, C-8, F-1, F-2, F-5, F-6, F-8, F-9, F-12, F-16)
C.
COURSE COMPETENCIES:
A
=
(100 –93)
B
=
(92 - 83)
C
=
(82 – 77)
BELOW 77 IS FAILING
D.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Refer to the SPC college catalog.
E.
SCANS and FOUNDATION SKILLS
C1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14
F 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
F.
VERIFICATION of WORKFORCE COMPETENCIES
No external learning experiences provided.
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II.
SPECIFIC COURSE/INSTRUCTOR REQUIREMENTS
A.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS
Hill, Signe S. and Howlett, Helen A. (2009). Success in Practical/Vocational Nursing, (7th
Edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders Company.
B.
ATTENDANCE POLICY
If more than four (4) hours are missed of class the student will be withdrawn from this
32 hour course.
C.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Recording lectures is NOT allowed. You may opt to use an e-reader instead of a
traditional textbook, however if you are using your device for things other than assigned
reading or assignments during class that causes other students to become distracted, you
will be asked to put your device away or to refrain from bringing it to class. ALSO, cell
phone use during class is prohibited. Texting and surfing the
web during lecture time is
extremely distracting to other students as well as faculty. Ample break time is allowed
during class to respond to calls and text messages.
YOU MAY NOT HAVE YOUR ELCTRONIC DEVICE OR CELL PHONE WITH YOU WHEN
TESTING!!!! All students will be required to turn phones completely off or on silence
during test. If your phone makes noise (either a ringtone or vibration) during a test, the
student will be asked to turn in their test and leave the testing area. The test will be
graded “as is” and that will be the score given for that specific unit exam.
D.
ASSIGNMENT POLICY
All class assignments are to be completed and turned in on the designated date. Failure
to complete assignments will result in a grade of “0”. A grade of “0”, when averaged
with all grades, may result in an overall failing grade for the class.
Assignments turned in after the assigned due date will have ten (10) points deducted
from the grade for each day they are late.
E.
GRADING POLICY
Assignment Average
Test Score Average
10%
Chpt. 2,7,11
90%
TEST #1 _________________ Ch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
TEST #2 _________________ Ch 7, 8, 9
TEST #3 _________________ Ch 10, 11, 12
TEST #4 _________________ Ch 13, 14,
TEST #5__________________Ch 16, 17
Chapter assignments are due on the test day of that chapter. All chapter assignments
must be typed. Spelling, grammar, and neatness will be taken into consideration in
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grading. The assignment MUST be turned in at the beginning of class time on the date
assigned or the assignment will be counted as late and ten (10) points will be deducted
from the grade. Ten (10) points will continue to be deducted for every day that the
assignment is late.
F.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
The refer to the student handbook regarding failure to turn in required assignments.
Students are required to read assigned text and view assigned films PRIOR to lecture
and/or demonstration. The student is responsible for learning terminology and
abbreviations .
G.
4.1.1.1. Diversity Statement:
In this class, the teacher will establish and support an environment that values and
nurtures individual and group differences and encourages engagement and interaction.
Understanding and respecting multiple experiences and perspectives will serve to
challenge and stimulate all of us to learn about others, about the larger world and about
ourselves. By promoting diversity and intellectual exchange, we will not only mirror
society as it is, but also model society as it should and can be.
4.1.1.2 Disabilities Statement:
Students with disabilities, including but not limited to physical, psychiatric, or learning
disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Disability
Services Office early in the semester so that the appropriate arrangements may be
made. In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must
provide acceptable documentation of his/her disability to the Disability Services Office.
For more information, call or visit the Disability Services Office through the Guidance
and Counseling Centers at Reese Center (Building 8) 716-4606, or Levelland (Student
Services Building) 716-2577.
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III.
COURSE OUTLINE in the order Chapters will be Studied:
Unit 1
Chpt 1
The Adult Learner
Chpt 2
Time Management
Chpt 3
Learning Methods and Skills
Chpt 4
Studying and Testing
Chpt 5
Learning During School
Chpt 6
Personal Health Promotion
Unit 1 Exam and Chapter 2 homework assignment due
Unit 2
Chpt 7
How Practical/Vocational Nursing Evolved
Chpt 8
Critical Thinking
Chpt 9
The Nursing Process
Unit 2 Exam and Chapter 7 homework assignment due
Unit 3
Chpt 10 Nursing Theory, Research, and Evidence Based Practice
Chpt 11 Ethics applied to Nursing
Chpt 12 Nursing and the Law
Unit 3 Exam
Unit 4
Chpt 13 Straightforward Communication
Chpt 14 Assertiveness
Unit 4 Exam and Chapter 11 homework assignment due
Unit 5
Chpt 16 Cultural Uniqueness
Chpt 17 Spiritual Needs, Spiritual Caring, Religious Differences
Unit 5 Exam
See attached home-work assignments. All home-work assignments should be typed. Points will be deducted for papers
that are handwritten. 10 points will be deducted from homework grade for each day that assignment is turned in late.
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Name____________________
Date Due____________________
Date Turned In_______________
ASSIGNMENT – CHAPTER 2
Read Chapter 2 and answer the following questions. Be honest with what you believe your weaknesses are. This is
to be used as a tool to help your time management and organizational skills. Give at least one reason for being
disorganized and managing time poorly. Homework assignment MUST be typed. Questions should be
answered in paragraph form using complete sentences with appropriate grammar and spelling. A
bibliography should be included with references cited in the bodyh of the paper. Points will be based
on personal insight and thoroughness of answers, and grammar, spelling, and neatness.
1. Give at least one reason for being disorganized and managing time poorly.
2. Explain the term efficiency.
3. Name a tool that will help with effective daily planning.
4. Define procrastination
5. Describe the process of minitasking.
6. Complete this sentence and elaborate: I need the most improvement in time management related to ______
because _______.
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Name___________________
Date Due____________________
Date Turned In____________
ASSIGNMENT – CHAPTER 7
According to the Texas Nurse Practice Act, Section 301.002, vocational nursing means a directed scope of nursing
practice, including the performance of an act that requires specialized judgment and skill, the proper performance
of which is based on knowledge and application of the principles of biological, physical, and social science as acquired
by a completed course in an approved school of vocational nursing. The term does not include such acts of medical
diagnosis or the prescription of therapeutic or corrective measures. Vocational nursing involves:
a.
Collecting data and performing focused nursing assessments of the health status of
an individual;
b.
participating in the planning of the nursing care needs of an individual;
c.
participating in the development and modification of the nursing care plan;
d.
participating in health teaching and counseling to promote, attain, and maintain optimum health
level of an individual;
e.
assisting in the evaluation of an individual’s response to a nursing intervention and the
identification of an individual’s needs; and
f.
engaging in other acts that require education and training, as prescribed by board rules and
policies, commensurate with the nurses’ experience, continuing education, and demonstrated
competency.
Homework assignment MUST be typed. Questions should be answered in paragraph form using complete sentences
with appropriate grammar and spelling. A bibliography should be included with references cited in the bodyh of the
paper. Points will be based on personal insight and thoroughness of answers, and grammar, spelling, and neatness.
What is your concept of a nurse?
1.
What does a nurse look like?
2.
What should a nurse look like?
3.
How do movies and television shows portray the nurse?
4.
Think of nurses you have seen lately in a hospital or physician’s office.
What functions have they
performed?
5.
Why did you choose the nursing profession?
6.
Listed below are some reasons to go into the nursing profession.
To each person these are either
advantages or disadvantages. When you think about why you chose nursing, discuss below why the reasons
are advantages or disadvantages for you.
7.
a.
Professional pride
b.
Security
c.
Availability of work and geographic mobility
d.
Variety of work
e.
Advancement
f.
Salary and benefits
g.
Shift work
h.
Wardrobe of uniforms versus buying street clothes
i.
Educational opportunities
How would you compare the definition of the vocational nurse listed at the top with our concept of a
nurse?
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Name___________________
Date Due____________________
Date Turned In____________
ASSIGNMENT – CHAPTER 11
We have all been in that scary situation where we or a loved one has been hospitalized. How was the care that you
received? Many people make up the healthcare team, for example nurses, physicians, respiratory, etc. Think of a
negative experience you have had in the medical setting and complete the Chapter 11 assignment questions.
Remember how you felt and keep it close at hand when you are the one delivering the care.
assignment MUST be typed.
Homework
Questions should be answered in paragraph form using complete
sentences with appropriate grammar and spelling. A bibliography should be included with references
cited in the bodyh of the paper. Points will be based on personal insight and thoroughness of answers,
and grammar, spelling, and neatness.
1. Situation and Date
2. Physical symptoms, body cues, and behavior patterns of patient involved and healthcare workers
3. How I felt
4. My behavior
5. What I would have like to have done
6. Why I didn’t do what I wanted to do
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SELF-COACHING
Self-coaching is a procedure to decrease anxiety by understanding one’s own signs of anxiety (such as increased
heart rate or sweaty palms) and then coaching oneself to relax.
For example, ‘I am upset about this situation, but I can control how anxious I get. I will take things one step at a
time, and I won’t focus on my fear. I’ll think about what I must do to finish this task. This situation will not be
forever. I can manage until it is over. I’ll focus on taking slow deep breaths.”
THOUGHT STOPPING
Thought stopping is a self-directed behavioral procedure learned to gain control of self-defeating thoughts.
Through repeated systematic practice, a person does the following:
1.
Says “Stop” when a self-defeating thought crosses the mind (e.g. “I’m not smart enough”
or “I’m not a good nurse”)
2.
Allows a brief period (15 to 30 seconds) of conscious relaxation.
ASSERTIVE BEHAVIOR
Assertive behavior is the open, honest, empathetic sharing of your opinion, desires and feelings.
Assertiveness is not a magical acquisition but a learned behavioral skill. Assertive persons do not allow others to
take advantage of them and thus are not victims. Assertive behavior is not domineering but remains controlled
and non-aggressive. An assertive person:
Does not hurt others
Does not wait for things to get better
Does not invite victimization
Listens attentively to the desires and feelings of others
Takes the initiative to make relationships better
Remains in control or uses silences as an alternative
Examines all the risks involved before asserting
Examines personal responsibilities in each situation before asserting
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