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Mexia · Health Professions · Nursing - VN

Advanced Nursing Skills
VNSG-2431

  • Spring 2023
  • Section 81
  • 4.0 Credits
  • 01/17/2023 to 05/09/2023
  • Modified 11/15/2022

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

Meeting Times

Contact Information

Office Hours

Description

2 lec/6 lab (4 Cr.) This course focuses on mastery of advanced-level nursing skills and competencies in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process as a problem-solving tool.

Requisites

Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 1330, 1460.

Objectives

Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Each student learning outcome is linked to one or more LVN Core Objective: See “Vocational Nursing Core Objectives” below. Congruent with the Differentiated Essential Competencies through the Texas Board of Nursing (DECS) See DECs statement below Core Objectives. See SLOs above and links to Core Objectives.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

 A. Verbalize or explain an understanding of underlying scientific principles of basic nursing skills. 

1,2,9

B. Demonstrate satisfactory performance of advanced nursing skills.

2,3,9

C. Apply the concepts of medical terminology for use in communicating within the     healthcare system

1,2,9

D. Apply effective communication techniques.

6,7,9

E. Demonstrate an understanding in effective nurse- client relationship and how this  assists clients.

2,3,9

F. Recognize legal and ethical responsibilities of the vocational nurse.

 

3,5,9

G. Demonstrate the leadership role of the vocational nurse within the healthcare setting.

1,3,9

H. Identify principles and practices as it relates to nutrition.

1,3,9

 

Vocational Nursing Core Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Act as a member of the profession by demonstrating an understanding of basic health sciences through the acquisition of concepts of nutrition, pharmacology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology.
  2. Act as a provider of patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process and scientific principles to identify patient centered care by utilizing the nursing process and scientific principles to identify patient needs across the life span, to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of nursing care using evidence based practice.
  3. Act as a patient safety advocate by providing safe, competent health care for patients in a variety of settings in accordance with the scope of practice and code of ethics for vocational nursing practice.
  4. Act as a patient safety advocate by safely and competently administering medications.
  5. Act as a member of the profession by demonstrating accountability through responsible behavior, by protecting the legal and ethical rights of the patient and facilitating personal and professional growth through continued education.
  6. Act as a member of the healthcare team by utilizing resources within the community to provide holistic teaching to the patient and caregiver and to assist in the promotion of health, and prevention of disease and rehabilitation.                                                        
  7. Act as a member of the healthcare team by promoting mental health concepts through therapeutic communication when interacting with patients, families, caregivers, peers, health care team and other professionals.
  8. Act as a member of the healthcare team by beginning to supervise other unlicensed assistive personnel and vocational licensed personnel as assigned.
  9. Care Team by assisting during local or global health emergencies or pandemics to promote health and safety and prevent disease

DECs: Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) were designed to provide guidance to nursing education programs for curriculum development and revision and for effective preparation of graduates who will provide safe, competent, compassionate care.  The DECs outline knowledge, clinical behaviors and judgments necessary to meet the essential competencies, but it is acknowledged that not all competences can be evaluated upon graduation until the nurse has transitioned into nursing practice (TBON 2010- Updated by TBON in 2021).  The competencies are organized according to four major roles of the nurse:  Member of the Profession (MOP) 2. Provider of Patient-Centered Care (PPCP) 3. Patient Safety Advocate (PSA) 4. Member of the Health Care Team (MHCT).  Note:  Refer to Texas Board of Nursing website or Navarro College VN Student Policy Handbook. 

Required and Optional Materials

Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: College Bookstore

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) resources

  • Publisher: ATI

This is a computer based program utilized throughout all courses in the program.  This program is paid for in the student's tuition.  

Students will utilize Engage Fundamentals, Skills Modules, Health Assess, and many other areas as assigned in ATI.

Students will need to have the ATI books (hard copies will be distributed at no additional cost) and students will have access to interactive e-books on the ATI website.

  • Availability: Through ATI
  • Price: Price Varies (Paid for in student's tuition)

This program is a requirement for the LVN program. 

Nurses Pocket Guide

  • Author: Marilynn E. Doenges APRN BC, Mary Frances Moorhouse RN MSN, Alice C. Murr BSN RN CRRN,
  • Publisher: FA Davis
  • Edition: 15th
  • ISBN: 9780803676442
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore and various resources
  • Price: Variable prices

Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses

  • Author: April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A Sanoski
  • Publisher: FA Davis
  • Edition: 17th
  • ISBN: 9781719640053
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore and various resources
  • Price: Variable prices

Required

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

  • Author: Venes
  • Publisher: FA Davis
  • Edition: 24th
  • ISBN: 9781719642859
  • Optional
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore and various resources
  • Price: Variable prices

Required

Mosby’s Diagnostic & Laboratory Test Reference

  • Author: Kathleen Pagana, Timothy Pagana, Theresa Pagana
  • Publisher: Elsevier/Mosby's
  • Edition: 15th
  • ISBN: 9780323675192
  • Optional
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore and various resources
  • Price: Variable prices

Required

Assignments and Activities

Grading Criteria

Grading criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College, as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F= Below 60%. 

Grading criteria for certain programs, including those in the health professions, may differ. Grading criteria for such courses or programs may be located in the course syllabus and/or program handbook.

Criteria

Vocational Nursing Grading Scale:

A    =    90 – 100

B    =    80 – 89

C    =    75 – 79

D   =     60 - 74

F    =     Below 60

If a student has a final Numeric grade < 75% in the VN Program  the student will not be able to progress to the next semester. 

*See "Exception to the final grading scale with regard to Skills Proficiency" under "Breakdown" below

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Unit Exams 70% Fundamentals Advanced Skills

There will be 3 unit exams in this course which may be administered face to face, or remotely. 

Remote and face to face exams will be proctored.  See Computer Requirements section and Computerized Testing policy including Remote Testing Guidelines in the Specific Vocational Nursing Policies section. 

In addition to the 3 unit exams:

ATI Proctored Exam will count as the same percentage as one unit exam.

The ATI Proctored Exam for this course will be given toward the end of the course.  Practice exams A and B will be administered in a proctored setting prior to the proctored exam. Practice exams do not count for a grade. Students may be required to complete focused reviews as instructed by instructor by the designated due date as a "Ticket to Test."

Instructors reserve the right to assign a "ticket to test assignment." In that case, students who do not provide the assignment before the exam will not be allowed to take the exam and will receive a Zero with no opportunity for a make-up exam.

The student will be counted absent on their attendance for hours missed.

After the student takes the proctored exam, they can complete a focused review on the proctored exam and are eligible to receive addition points to their ATI score based on completion of the focused review.  (See Rubric below)

 

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

 Below level 1

Unit Test Grade: 90

Unit Test Grade: 80

Unit Test Grade: 70

Unit Test Grade: 60

Remediation =

 • Minimum ONE hour reading and/or watching videos in Focused Review (More time is recommended to prepare for NCLEX)

• Choose a minimum of ONE topic missed, and complete an active learning template

Remediation =

 • Minimum TWO hours reading and/or watching videos in Focused Review (More time is recommended to prepare for NCLEX)

• Choose a minimum of TWO topics missed, and complete two active learning templates

Remediation =

 • Minimum THREE hours reading and/or watching videos in Focused Review (More time is recommended to prepare for NCLEX)

• Choose a minimum of THREE topics missed, and complete three active learning template

Remediation =

 • Minimum FOUR hours reading and/or watching videos in Focused Review (More time is recommended to prepare for NCLEX)

• Choose a minimum of FOUR topics missed, and complete four active learning template

Completion= 1 pts

Completion= 2 pts

Completion= 3 pts

Completion= 4 pts

 

 

Final Exam 20% Fundamentals Advanced Skills

There is a comprehensive final exam in this course from the 3 unit exams. 

Instructors reserve the right to assign a "ticket to test assignment." In that case, students who do not provide the assignment before the exam will not be allowed to take the exam and will receive a Zero with no opportunity for a make-up exam.

The student will be counted absent on their attendance for hours missed.

 

ATI Learning Modules 10% Engage Fundamentals

The module report showing completion of the applicable Engage Fundamentals lesson with the minimum time per lesson is required at the beginning of the lecture. Completion of the modules will count as 10% of the overall grade. Students should submit the module report in a pocket folder with their name on it to the instructor. Late submission or no submission of the module report will result in a ZERO for that unit. Students will be tested over the material in any listed resources and any skills that coincide with any lesson.


See the bottom of the Syllabus titled "Schedule" for the minimum required times to be spent in each module.

Skills Proficiency Pass/Fail Fundamentals Advanced Skills

Lab performance is pass/fail with three opportunities granted for successful performance of skill.  (See Skills Proficiency Criteria VN Student Policy Handbook). Students will not be allowed to perform a skill in a live facility until proficiency is demonstrated in the Skills Lab.   Students who are not successful after three attempts of any skill will not be allowed to progress to the next semester.  (See Skills Proficiency Criteria VN Student Policy Handbook). 

Students who are 'no call now show" for scheduled skills check-offs will have it counted as a check-off failure. Students who notify the instructor before the check-off of impending absence will have the opportunity for a make-up skills check-off. Repeated absences of skills check-offs may result in the student losing the chance to make up the check-off.

Breakdown

There will be NO rounding until the final calculation is known. The final Grade will be calculated on the first decimal (10th place).  If the 10th place value is 5 or greater, the whole number is rounded up.  If the 10th place is 4 or less the final grade will not change.  Example: Final Grade 74.5, the final grade will be rounded to 75.  If the final grade calculated to 74.4 the grade will remain 74.

A final Numeric grade < 75% in the VN Program is not passing, and the student will not be allowed to progress to the next semester. 

*Exception to the final grading scale with regard to Skills Proficiency: If a student does not  pass any Skills Proficiency after three attempts, the student will receive a letter grade of "F" on the final transcript. 

Course Policies

Instructional Modalities

Description of instructional modalities

Face to Face 

Hybrid

Online

Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Access user information here:


To access Canvas:
(1) Go to: mync.navarrocollege.edu
(2) Enter your User Name and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course on the Canvas Dashboard.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Campus Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. 

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.

Email

All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Computer requirements

 Students are required to have:

  • Must have a laptop with adequate internet service
  • Microphone: must be EXTERNAL CAMERA
  • Must download ZOOM on computer

Students may be able utilize campus internet as allowed at the library if problems with internet.

Late/Make-Up Work

Specific Vocational Nursing Policies

The following is not an all-inclusive list of policies for the LVN program. Students should refer to the Navarro College Vocational Nursing Student Handbook for additional program policies. In addition, students should refer to the Navarro College Student Handbook for other college-wide student policies by visiting: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/index.html.

A semester calendar will be provided that will show the required class dates and times for clinical. The Instructor will give details on individual class due dates, test dates, and assignments. 

Method of Instruction:  This class is 100% face to face unless instructed to go to remote learning or testing. The method of instruction may include a combination of lectures, (face to face or media), ATI Total Curriculum Support, demonstrations, group discussions, audiovisual/multimedia aids, supervised practice, student presentations, assigned readings, critical thinking exercises, role playing, and other assignments at the discretion of the instructor. Students are expected to have access to adequate internet, and have a laptop or PC that meets the camera/mic specifications outlined under the item titled “Computer Requirements”. Exams will be proctored in this course as instructed by instructor.

Counseling, Contract, or Grade Jeopardy Forms: Faculty may initiate a counseling, contract, or grade jeopardy form for any student with a grade of 75% or less or at the Instructor's discretion. Students may be issued counseling or a contract if they have excessive absences, behavioral issues, professional misconduct, or deficiencies in clinical performance. Professional misconduct or other behavioral problems may result in immediate dismissal from the LVN program based on the severity of the behavior.

EmailAll Navarro College students must use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel. Students are expected to read their emails daily. Students should allow 24 hours for a response when emailing their Instructor. Every day, students should read Announcements in Canvas in each course and review emails for updates. Students will be held accountable for the information provided via email or Canvas Announcements. Messaging instructors via cell phones should be reserved for clinical time) See Professional Behavior Policy in Vocational Nursing Student Handbook).

Make-Up Exams:  Vocational Nursing Students are expected to take examinations at the regularly scheduled times. Students who miss exams may request a make-up exam using the Make-Up Exam Request form, which should be sent to the instructor and program coordinator within 24 hours of the time of the scheduled exam.

Students should make every effort to notify the instructor of their absence prior to the exam.

The instructor and program coordinator may allow or deny the opportunity to take a make-up exam after reviewing the request form and any supporting documents. Repetitive instances of missing exams may result in denial of future requests for make-up exams.  

“No shows” to make-up exams will result in a zero without adequate documented proof of the inability of the student to contact the instructor before the exam.

Makeup exams may include alternate style questions and will be related to content as outlined on the Syllabus at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Policies:  Students are required to read the syllabus, course outline, and Student Handbook, and be familiar with the policies contained therein.  Students will be provided with a semester calendar showing dates and times for each course and are expected to adhere to the schedule.  

  • Students are required to complete all assigned reading on time.
  • All students must participate in class discussion and group activities as assigned. 
  • Students are required to attend all class meetings, arrive on time, and actively participate in class discussions and activities.
  • Students are required to pass all exams and complete all assignments with a final average grade of 75% or better to pass the course.

Electronic Devices in Classrooms: Navarro College believes that the dynamics occurring in the classroom should primarily enhance the instruction process. The classroom is a learning laboratory, which must be free from interruption or interference. As a result, all electronic devices capable of generating noise, such as cellular phones, pagers, palm pilots, and beeper watches, are considered a distraction to the learning process and should be silenced before entering the classroom. Such devices will also be kept out of sight and not accessed during class unless authorized by the Instructor. Instructors may approve the use of electronic devices to access online learning information.

Students who anticipate receiving a message or call during classroom instruction must communicate with the Instructor.

The Instructor will warn a student who fails to comply with this policy one time. Upon the Instructor's warning, the student will take immediate corrective action. If the student fails to comply with the Instructor's request, the student will be dismissed from class and, at the Instructor's discretion, may be counted absent or have points deducted for work missed, if appropriate. A student who violates this policy a second time will be dismissed from class, counted absent, and have points deducted for work missed. The student may be referred to the Campus Coordinator, Director, or Dean of Health Professions if applicable.

A student with an unauthorized electronic device activated during an examination period will not be permitted to continue the examination, will be asked to leave the classroom and will be denied the opportunity to complete or re-take the assessment. Due to the circumstance, the Instructor may question the validity of any portion of the examination completed before the violation and may elect not to grade the test. In such a situation, the student will not receive credit for the test and will not be permitted to take a makeup exam. The grade will result in a ZERO on the exam.

Food and Beverages in Classrooms: Navarro College is proud of the appearance of the campus and its facilities. No type of food is allowed in any classroom, laboratory, library, planetarium, art gallery, or museum. Food is defined as any edible food EXCEPT gum and cough drops. Students must carry food to be consumed elsewhere; the food must be in a backpack or a closed bag and out of view.

Beverages are allowed in all areas, classrooms included, except the planetarium, art gallery, museum, computer laboratories, and other specialized laboratories containing sensitive equipment. Students must exercise extreme care in bringing beverages into campus facilities as spills might damage carpets and other furnishings. Beverages must have a lid or a cap when brought into the classroom. Drinks are not allowed in the skills lab or computer labs. Students are expected to dispose of all trash properly, drink containers, etc., brought into college facilities.

Disruptive Classroom Behavior Policy: Navarro College seeks to promote a teaching and learning environment free from material and substantial classroom disruptions. Faculty members have the authority and responsibility to manage their classroom environments effectively. Instructors may determine the time and manner for student questions and expression of points of view in the instructional setting. Accordingly, instructors should establish, communicate and enforce appropriate classroom behavior and decorum rules via the syllabus and classroom discussion. This policy is not intended to discourage appropriate classroom expression, discussion, or disagreement but to promote respectful interactions.

Disruptive behavior is prohibited. "Disruptive behavior" means conduct that materially or substantially interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process in a classroom or educational setting. Disruptive behavior includes conduct that distracts or intimidates others, interferes with instructional activities, fails to adhere to an instructor's appropriate classroom rules or instructions, or interferes with the regular operation of the College.

Professional misconduct or other behavioral problems may result in immediate dismissal from the LVN program based on the severity of the behavior.

Computerized testing policy:  

 Navarro College is committed to a high standard of academic integrity. Students are responsible for an honest and independent effort during testing. When there is evidence of cheating, disciplinary action may be taken, including but not limited to receiving a zero for the exam or being withdrawn from the course. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Looking at or copying from another student's exam
  2. Communicating or receiving answers during the exam
  3. Using unauthorized notes, texts, or other materials during an exam
  4. Obtaining or distributing an unauthorized exam or part of an exam
  5. Having additional browser windows open before, during, or after an exam
  6. Discussing exam content or questions with classmates who have not yet taken the exam
  7. Taking photos or screenshots of questions during any portion of the exam or review

 

All computerized testing in the course will be proctored face-to-face or remotely, and students are expected to look only in the direction of their own computer. Students who are observed looking at other computer screens will be verbally warned. If the behavior continues, the student's computer test will be terminated, and the student will receive a zero for that exam. Students are expected to act with the same level of integrity for any non-proctored exams. Students are expected to access good internet and camera/mic specifications. See the item titled "Computer Requirements." 

 

All exams will be timed at one minute per question. (note that this is only for scheduled unit exams and may differ with individual quizzes). 

 

If a student skips a question or does not save an answer correctly, the student will not receive credit for that question. The only browser window allowed to be open during an exam is the one used to administer the exam. This browser window is not to be opened by the students before the exam or remain open after the conclusion of the exam process. Absolutely no other browser windows are to be opened before, during, or after an exam (including emails). If necessary, a student may have ZOOM open AND their exam when remote testing.

 

The student will only open an exam at any time if the exam is scheduled in a proctored setting at the established time. Under no circumstances will a student print out or email an exam or exam results. Students may only discuss the content of an exam once all students have taken the exam. For non-proctored exams, follow the instructions of the instructor.

 

For face-to-face on-campus exams, all books and personal belongings, including hats, will be placed at the front of the class when exams are taken on campus. Proctor-approved items are allowed during a test (i.e., scratch paper, tissue). No drinks or food are permitted in the testing room unless the proctor approves. No cell phones or other electronic devices are allowed in the testing area. If a calculator is required, only approved simple calculators will be permitted.

 

Faculty will not define or explain the meaning of medical terminology to students during an exam. Students will have an opportunity to review their exams in a proctored, formal setting. The faculty will not accept questions concerning answer rationales during the exam or the review.

 

If the exam is interrupted due to a failure of an Internet connection or power failure, the instructor will provide instructions for completing the exam. Until instructions are given, students will remain at their computers and refrain from discussing with other students. Discussion with other students may result in terminating the exam and the student receiving a zero for that exam.

 

Should the student encounter technical difficulties during an exam, the student is responsible for notifying the instructor of the problem. If the student fails to inform the instructor during the test of the problem, there will not be a grade adjustment. Students testing in a remote environment are under the same obligation to notify the instructor. 

 

Remote Testing: Guidelines

  1. Students should have adequate internet service and an external camera.
  2. Students must always be visible to the proctoring instructors. The student should not sit in front of a bright window and should make sure they are visible. The entire face should be seen during an exam. Students should be in a chair in an upright position while taking the exam. 
  3. Students may not click outside the browser at any time. Students who click outside the browser will be subject to stopping their exam and receiving a grade of zero on the exam. 
  4. Students may not use their cell phones to chat or make calls during the exam unless allowed by the instructor. The student may only notify the instructor through chat on a Video platform, i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Webex. 
  5. Students should make provisions for childcare and be in a location free from external noises and interruptions during the exam. Students who do not follow this guideline may have their test stopped and receive a zero on the exam. 
  6. No blankets, oversized pillows, bulky coats, jackets, hoodies, or hats are allowed during the exam.
  7. No earphones or headphones are allowed during the exam.
  8. Students are responsible for having adequate internet access for the exams and the appropriate computer specifications. (See item section titled "Computer Requirements"). If the student is disconnected from the internet, they must immediately notify the instructor for further instruction. 

 

Skills-Media Lab: The Skills-Media Laboratory is essential to the laboratory credit hours. Electronic curriculum support is a necessary tool for student use. Students are expected to be self-directed and utilize the lab and available support systems to enhance academic studies and maintain clinical skills.

 

Field Trips: Limited off-campus activities may be scheduled as a part of the didactic experience.

 

Tobacco-Free Campuses: The use of tobacco products or other related devices (e.g., cigarettes, pipes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, vapor devices) is prohibited in college buildings and on college grounds, including parking areas and structures, sidewalks, walkways, and college-owned buildings.

 

Children on campus: Students may NOT bring children on campus, and they cannot be present in the classroom, skills lab, or hallways. 

 

Attendance & Preparation: Attendance and preparation for class are expected in the Vocational Nursing Program since it is assumed that students are enrolled for the serious purpose of furthering their education. Students are expected to be present, on time, and prepared for all scheduled days of class and clinical lab practice. Attendance is a student responsibility. Absence is considered institutional and not a student privilege. If assignments given by the instructor in lieu of class hours are not complete, the student will be counted absent and attendance points deducted accordingly. Students will be accountable for any content missed due to absence.

 

The student must attend the minimum number of scheduled class hours each semester. The student will be considered tardy if not in class at the designated start time. Instructors may ask students to remain outside the classroom when arriving tardy until the next scheduled break (instructor discretion). Three (3) classroom tardies equate to one (1) one-hour classroom absence.

 

Note: Students who are tardy to class or clinical may not be allowed to enter class until the instructors gives permission.

 

 Instructors reserve the right to require a "ticket to class." assignment. In that case, students who do not provide proof of the assignment before class will not be allowed to enter the classroom until the instructor gives permission.

 

The student will be counted absent on their attendance for hours missed.

 

Absences more than the allowed number per semester (38 Fall, 32 Spring, 21 Summer) will result in dismissal from the Vocational Nursing Program.

See COVID policy in the Vocational Nursing Student Handbook, Page 21. Note: Students who have to quarantine due to COVID and feel too ill to take a remote exam are required to notify the instructor via e-mail and copy the Program Coordinator PRIOR to the scheduled exam.

Students must pass all skills proficiency in this course.  Students will have three attempts to pass each skill in the skills lab. Failure to pass after three attempts will result in a failing grade in this course and the student will not be allowed to progress to the next semester. 

Proctored Testing

This course may require one or more assignments to be administered in a proctored setting.  Those assignments will be identified in the course syllabus. Identified assignments must be administered in an approved testing environment.

What is an approved testing center?

  1. Any Navarro College Testing Center location
  2. A proctored high school testing site* (see below)
  3. A different college, or university testing center or proctoring site* (see below)
  4. A virtual proctoring setting, if permitted by the instructor

Navarro College offers free proctored testing (by appointment only) to all current Navarro College students. Visit the Navarro College Testing Center site for details. All NC Testing Centers are approved locations.

*Students requesting permission to complete an exam with a different proctor, such as a dual credit high school proctor or testing center at another college or university, must submit the Proctor Agreement Form at the beginning of the semester. The form is located on the Navarro College Online Testing page. While proctored testing is available at all Navarro College Testing Centers at no charge to NC students, other colleges and universities may charge a fee for this service. Students are responsible for any fees related to testing at other locations.

What is a virtual proctoring setting?

Your professor may allow you, at their discretion, to be proctored in a virtual setting.  Assignments requiring a proctor, identified in the course syllabus, will indicate whether or not virtual proctoring is allowed. Virtual proctoring is a privilege and may be revoked by the instructor at any time.

Verification Process for all proctored exams: 

  • Students will be required to verify their identity, by presenting a valid photo ID, when testing in a proctored environment
  • Exams are not valid until reviewed by the instructor
  • Students are responsible for creating a secure testing environment

Proctored Testing Dates

If this course requires proctored testing, exam dates are listed below.

Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Attendance and Preparation Policies

Face to Face and Hybrid

Online

Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor may drop a student from the class for insufficient participation, the responsibility for dropping a class belongs to the student. Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog. College Catalog
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog: Dropping and/or Adding Courses
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations. The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must attend and participate in all classes from the first class day.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On: mync.navarrocollege.edu
The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, visit: Contact Center

For Login Assistance:
Contact Center
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]
Your privacy is extremely important. Please do not share your account information with anyone.

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: Academic Decorum Policy
Includes: Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy


Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity Policy


College Catalog: College Catalog


Campus Safety: Department of Campus Safety


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA Policy


Student Rights and Responsibilities: Rights and Responsiblilities Policy


Student Handbook:  Official Student Handbook

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: Bulldog Life 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 


Counseling Services: Counseling Services Center

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.


Testing Center Hours and Contact Information: Testing Center

One-week advance notice is strongly recommended for testing appointments.


Online Proctored Testing Information: Online Campus Proctoring (Testing)


Library Services: Navarro College Libraries


Tutorial Services: Tutoring Services


Disability Services: Disability and Access Services Office

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations. Contact 903-875-7377 or [email protected] for more information.  Once approved, you will be given an accommodation letter that you are to share with your instructor.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.


Title IX Accommodations Related to Pregnancy: 

If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations.  The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]

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Student Support and Administrative Services: Support Services

Schedule

Unit #1:

Topic: Fluid and Electrolyte and Acid Base Balance and Administering IV Solutions and Medications.

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: PN Adult Medical Surgical Nursing: Chapters 36 and 37
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Physiological Concepts for Nursing Practice> Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid Base Regulation.

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit: 200 minutes

Unit #2:

  1. Topic: Comfort, Rest, and Sleep

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: Fundamentals for Nursing: Chapters 38 and 41
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Physiological Concepts for Nursing Practice> Comfort, Rest, and Sleep.

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit:  90 minutes

  1. Topic: Complimentary and Integrative Health

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: Fundamentals for Nursing: Chapter 42
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Foundational Concepts of Nursing Practice> Complimentary and Integrative Health.

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit: 90 minutes

  1. Topic: The Surgical Client

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: PN Adult Medical Surgical Nursing: Chapters 84 and 85
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Physiological Concepts for Nursing Practice> The Surgical Client.

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit: 90 min

  1. Topic: Tissue Integrity (Wound Care and Treating Pressure Ulcers)

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: Fundamentals for Nursing: Chapter 55
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Physiological Concepts for Nursing Practice> Tissue Integrity.

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit:  170 minutes

Unit #3:

  1. Topic: Patient Education and Health Promotion

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: Fundamentals for Nursing: Chapter 16 and 17
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Health Care Systems> Health Promotion, Wellness, and Disease Prevention
  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Foundational Concepts of Nursing Practice> Client Education

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit:

  • Health Promotion, Wellness, and Disease Prevention: 60 min
  • Client Education: 60 min
  1. Topic: Delegation, Leadership, and Management

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: Nursing Leadership and Management: Chapter 1 pages 3-9.
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Professional Nursing>Professionalism and Leadership.
  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Clinical Decision Making> Priority Setting Framework

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit:

  • Professionalism and Leadership: 60 min
  • Priority Setting Framework: 60 min
  1. Topic: Assisting with Respiratory and Oxygen Delivery

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: Fundamentals for Nursing: Chapter 53
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: PN Adult Medical Surgical Nursing Chapter 16: pages 95-102
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0> Physiological Concepts for Nursing Practice> Gas Exchange and Oxygenation

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit:  180 min

  1. Topic: Promoting Musculoskeletal Function

Resources:

  • Engage Fundamentals
  • ATI Content Mastery Series Book: PN Adult Medical Surgical Nursing:: Chapters 59,61, and 63
  • Power points available on Canvas
  • Lecture

Navigation to Engage:

  • Go to MY ATI>Learn> Engage Fundamentals 2.0>Foundational Concepts for Nursing Practice> Mobility (and Skills embedded in the lesson).

Minimum time to spend in Engage Fundamentals for credit for this unit:  150 min                                             

 A comprehensive final exam will be given toward the end of this course.

ATI exams will be given in this course. Completion of ATI Engage Fundamentals learning modules will be counted in the overall grade calculation as 10%.

 See section "Grading Criteria" above for details.

 Testing dates and times TBA.

See semester calendar for course dates, times, and locations. 

    

  A Semester Calendar will be provided to students at the beginning of each semester. 

 

**There may be other requirements in this course as a prerequisite to exams at the instructor's discretion.  Failure to submit instructor required work will result in the student not being allowed to take the exam and receiving a zero on the exam.