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VN 100: FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING VN 130A: Internal Clinical Experience

CLASS DAYS & HOURS: AM Class: 5:00pm to 10:00pm with one hour of clinical lab included Instructors: Felix Levy, RN, MSN / MahbubehMahmoudieh, RN, MSN Phone/ Cell : (415) 531-7851 Email: (please cc : / Office Hours: By Appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course begins with a historical perspective on the art and science of nursing and the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing profession.The nursing tools of critical thinking, communication skills, teaching ability and cultural sensitivity are presented and analyzed, with emphasis on the nursing process, nursing diagnoses, documentation, and exploration of the therapeutic nurse/client relationship. The core of the course emphasizes the Licensed Vocational Nurses role in meeting the basic physiologic needs of the client. Normal physiologic processes are presented as a means of comprehending abnormal processes.
DELIVERY MODE: VN 100 Fundamentals of Nursing is provided as a residential course. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Lecture which includes but is not limited to power point presentation, groups discussions, audio/video presentations, visible body animations, and clicker technology for remediation and testing.

ESTIMATED TIME FOR OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL PREPARATION: Students will be required to complete reading assignments, homework, and prepare for quizzes and exams outside of class hours. The minimum estimated time for Outside School Preparation Hours (OSPH) is five (5) hours for each credit hour of lecture/laboratory. 9.5 quarter credit hours that includes 47.5 OSPH COURSE OBJECTIVES: 1. Demonstrate professional nursing behaviors. 2. Apply knowledge of theory and principles from nursing and related sciences to selected nursing skills and procedures through use of the nursing process. 3. Demonstrate proficiency in mathematical calculations related to administration of medications. 4. Application of skills in nursing procedures reinforced by theory CLOCK AND/OR QUARTER CREDIT HOURS AWARDED: VN 100: Fundamentals - Clock hours: 96; quarter credit hours: 9.5

VN 130A: Clinical Lab Clock hours: 24; (Total clinical hours for Module I 120 hours; students will participate in 96 hours of clinical skills lab in VN 130) UNIT OF CREDIT: Academic credit is measured in quarter or clock hours. Typically, one hour of instructional time is defined as a fifty-minute period. Credits earned at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts are for determining progress towards program completion only. The credits are not typically transferable to another school, college or university. Quarter credit hours are determined as follows: 10 hours of lectures = 1 quarter credit hour 20 hours of laboratory = 1 quarter credit hour 30 hours of internship = 1 quarter credit hour PREREQUISITE: Completion of prerequisite course with C or better is required. Concurrent enrollment is required with all Module 1 VN courses. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: 1. deWit, S.C. (2014). Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing (4thed.).Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders. 2. deWit, S.C. (2014). Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing, Study Guide (4th ed.).Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders. 3. Morris, D. (2019). Calculate with Confidence (5thed.).St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier. 4. Lindow, K. (2004). Dosage Calculation Tutorial. Kent State University. STUDENT ASSIGNED CLASS GROUP: Students are enrolled into assigned classes, either AM or PM. Students are not permitted to attend the class in which they are not enrolled into. Therefore, AM students are not permitted to attend PM classes, and PM students are not permitted to attend AM classes at all NO EXCEPTIONS. ATTENDANCE: 1. Students are expected to attend all classes as scheduled. All efforts should be made to not miss any class. In the event a student is absent due to illness or any other reason, he or she must notify the school in advance whenever possible. All absences must be approved by the students instructor. 2. All Vocational Nurse students must complete all required theory and clinical hours to graduate. Whenever possible the instructor must approve all absences in advance. Approval for all absences is at the instructors discretion. 3. In order to meet the criteria for attendance and the specific course objectives, students must arrange make-up time of missed hours with the instructor for all instructor-approved absences. Make-up theory hours can include case studies, independent study, written examination, attendance at seminars or workshops, auto-tutorial laboratory, and research


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reports. Make-up clinical hours can include performance evaluation(s) in the skills laboratory or additional time in the clinical area with clients/patients. All make-up clinical hours are subject to additional tuition fees that are based on the prorated hourly charges of the program. The prorated hourly charge is equal to the total number of hours needed to make-up multiplied by the hourly tuition charge. Students will be held responsible for this additional tuition payment when they need to make up their clinical hours due to absence. Students who are tardy more than 15 minutes for class are considered to be absent. Students who leave class more than 15 minutes early are also considered to be absent. Students who arrive to class 1-15 minutes late are considered to be tardy. Students who also leave class 1-15 minutes before the end of class are also considered to be tardy. A student being tardy 3 times is the equivalent of one absence. Students who miss a significant portion of any course within a program (more than 3 absences) will be expelled from the program.

ABSENCES: The following absences are the ONLY EXCUSED ABSENCES: Medical Emergency: Must provide documentation from physician Jury Duty: Must provide court summons Family Emergency: If you are the sole responsible person for a child or dependent adult, and there is a medical emergency you must provide written documentation from physician. Bereavement Leave-Documentation of the death or funeral service MEDICAL CLEARANCE MUST BE PROVIDED TO AND APPROVED BY THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR PRIOR TO THE STUDENT BEING ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE CLINICAL SETTING

ALL absences must be made up within thirty (30) days. It is the students responsibility to ensure that a make-up plan of action for each absence is completed within seven (7) days and documented on didactic make-up form. All make-up forms must be filled out completely and accurately with all required signatures for all missed hours prior to credit of make-up hours is granted. CLASS EXPECTATION: Students are expected to prepare for class by doing the assigned readings, activities, participate in the class discussion, ask questions, and share your personal experience with the class.

PARTICIPATION: You will be expected to actively participate in lectures and discussions. Ask questions, provide comments, and share your own experiences and knowledge with the rest of the class. It will be helpful if you read corresponding textbook chapters prior to coming to the class. Your class participation may very strongly affect your grade, especially if your grade falls between A and B, B and C, etc. PROFESSIONALISM: It is a requirement to attend all core didactic and clinical courses in full uniform, blue Gurnick scrub pants and top. Additionally, student must be in well fitted closed toes shoes. No high heels, pumps, cleats, sandals or flip flops as these are unsafe and do not meet nursing professional requirements. A clean appearance that is free from excessive perfumes, loose dangling jewelry, rings with large stones may pose risk to the patient or student in the clinical setting. Additionally, acrylic nails or false fingernails and colored nail polish are not permitted during the core program as they are a risk to infection control. CELL PHONE POLICY: Cell phones must be turned completely off in class and not taken into clinical settings at all times. Students may use their cell phones on campus before or after class and during breaks in the posted designated areas or outside of the school. For an emergency contact, students may use the school or clinical facilitys phone number. Students who are not in compliance with this policy are subject to disciplinary probation, suspension, or termination at the discretion of the school administration. EVALUATION ADMINISTRATION POLICY: All electronic devices must be turned completely off during the administration of all forms of evaluation and displayed within the instructors view. All non-electronic personal belongings will be stored out of all class members view, including the instructors, by concealing all instructional notations and storing belongings under the chair and/or desk. There will be no talking or questions during the administration of evaluations. Forms of evaluation include but are not limited to: quizzes, tests, and examinations. Students who are not in compliance with this policy are subject to disciplinary probation, suspension, or termination at the discretion of the school administration. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: All students enrolled in classes at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts are expected to maintain integrity in all academic pursuits. These include the writing of papers, examinations, assignments, records and other details relative to the assessment of student performance. Integrity and honesty is a quality essential of all medical workers, the faculty does not want students who are dishonest since that attitude and perspective will put patients health and lives at risk. Any dishonesty with regard to these matters is subject to censure or penalty (including but not limited to expulsion) in proportion to the seriousness of the action.

Dishonesty would include things such as: 1. Copying answers of another person or persons during an examination, 2. Secreting (hiding) of unauthorized materials to assist in an examination, 3. Plagiarism, taking as ones own statements those of another without giving due credit to the author, even though such material may have been restated in ones own words, 4. Fraudulently obtaining test information, falsifying records, transcripts, recommendations or other documents indicative of student qualifications. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts also considers the following to be serious breaches of integrity: 1. Falsification of patient records. 2. Breach of patient confidentiality. 3. Taking property or drugs from clinical sites or patients. 4. Felony convictions. 5. Endangering patients due to psychological impairment or by being under the influence of alcohol, or drugs. 6. Falsification of assignments that are to be conducted on patients or members of the community. 7. Having someone else complete your written assignments and submitting them as your work. In proportion to the seriousness of the action, censure, and penalty may extend from a failing grade in thework in question to dismissal from the program. Ordinarily the responsibility for resolving the issues lies withthe faculty member and the student. METHOD OF EVALUATION: Grades are evaluated as follows: Final Exam and mini Fundamentals HESI exam = 20% of overall grade Midterm, Metrology Final and quizzes and exams = 70% of overall grade Homework, Case Studies and research papers= 10% of overall grade EVALUATION: 4 Metrology Quizzes: 20 points x 4 = 80 points 6 Exams 50 points x 6 = 300 points Metrology Final Exam 50 points x 1 = 50 points 1 Midterm 100 points x 1 =100 points Final Exam: 100 points x 1 =100 points Fundamentals HESI 20 points x 1 = 20 points Homework: 10 points x 19 = 190 points Pre Test NCLEX Integration 25 points x 1 = 25 points Post Test NCLEX Integration 25 points x 1 = 25 points Project Chapter 1 25 points x 1 = 25 points Paper Chapter 10 25 points x 1 = 25 points Case Studies 50 points x 3= 150 points Total: =1090 points

There is no make up for quizzes or tests unless approved by administration and recommended by instructor in advance for an excused absence only and must take an alternate exam within 7 days of absence- Note: No study guide will be available for makeup exams. I will accept late homework with reduction of 50% of the grade within two weeks after the due date ONLY with EXCUSED ABSENCES. No extra credit to be awarded. Case Studies and Team Projects are due on assigned dates at assigned times. Late work will not be accepted. Note: There is no make up for the Final Exam! Students who miss the final exam will not be allowed to take the test at an alternate date or time. NCLEX Integration Post Tests must be completed within 24 hours to receive full point value for the quizzes. There will be no make- up exams allowed for the integration program. Students must take a Fundamentals of Nursing Mini Hesi Exam at the end of this course and achieve a score of 850 or higher to receive 20 points of their final grade. GRADING SCALE: A 90-100% B 80-89% C 75-79% D 60-74% F Below 60% In the VN Program the lowest acceptable grade is a C. REMEDIAL POLICY FOR VOCATIONAL NURSE STUDENTS All students who receive a non-passing grade in any course will be referred for remediation. In addition, instructors may request that a student attend remediation for reasons other than failing a test. The purpose of the remedial plan is to improve the student's chance for successful completion of the Vocational Nurse (VN) program and to strengthen areas of concern/weakness. Students will be required to attend remediation sessions with the instructor and/or complete remediation assignments. Failure to attend or complete remediation by the requested date will result in dismissal from the program. It is the responsibility of the student to adhere to and complete the plan of action in order to remain in the Vocational Nurse program. Students may be placed on remediation only for a maximum of two (2) courses per module as necessary, and are not to exceed three (3) times throughout the entire duration of the program. Students will be dismissed from the program if a student has completed a total of 3 remediations and still obtains a non-passing grade in the 4th course, or if the number of remediations exceeds two (2) per module. The remediation coursework is graded individually. The remediation grade is not calculated into the overall course grade, nor is it considered, extra credit. For a student to continue within the

program the Plan Of Remediation will have to receive at a minimum a C grade. If the student does not receive a C grade the student will be withdrawn from the program.

July 1, 2013


DATES LECTURE TOPIC Class Schedule and Lecture Plan VN 100 (deWit) METROLOGY Assignments (Gray-Morris) Exam Schedule Chapter 2; pp. 15-27 Chapter 3, Chapter 16 HW: Read Ch. 19, 20 Study Guide Assignment: p. 11(NCLEX Review #18), pp. 18-20 (Short Answer #1-3, 5, NCLEX Review #1-11), pp. 138143 (Short Answer #1-18, NCLEX Review #1-19). Due on Thursday (Project #1 to be discussed in class. Due on #7 Tuesday) Chapters 19-20 HW: Read Ch. 4, 5, 6 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 27-29 (Short Answer #1-9, NCLEX Review #16) pp. 33-36 (Completion #1-16, Correlation #1-5, NCLEX Review #1-10). Due on Tuesday Chapters 4, 5, 6 HW: Read Ch. 7, 8 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 49-54 (Terminology #1-6, #1-15, Abbreviations #1-29, NCLEX Review #1-14), pp.60-63 (Complete Short Answer #1-15, NCLEX Review Review: Chapters 4-5 Review: Chapters 1-3 1 Hour Clinical Lab
Dosages & Calculations

#1 Tues

Health, Illness, &Stress, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Nursing; Hand hygiene; Infection Prevention

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#2 Thur

Assisting with Hygiene, Personal Care, Skin Care, and the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers.Patient Environment and Safety

Dosages & Calculations

Activities pg. 23-25

#3 Tues

Nursing Process and Critical Thinking; Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, and Planning; Implementation and Evaluation

Review: Chapters 6-7

Dosages & Calculations

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#1-15)Due on Thursday

#4 Thurs

Documentation of Nursing Care; Communication and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

Chapters 7-8 HW: Read Ch. 18 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 157-163 (Completion #1-12, Short Answer #2,3, 5-7, Nursing Process #1-8, NCLEX Review #1-10) Due on Tuesday Chapter 18

Exam #1: Chap 4-6, 16, 19,20 Review: Chapter 8

Dosages & Calculations

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#5 Tues

Lifting, Moving, and Positioning Patients

Metrology Quiz #1 (Chaps 1-8) HW: Read Ch. 9,17 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 71-74 (Terminology #1-6, Short Answer #1-5, NCLEX Review Questions), pp.147-153 (Terminology #1-10, Short Answer # 1-3, 8, 10-12, Nursing Process#1-6, NCLEX Review #1-15) Due on Thursday EXAM #2 (Chap 2,3, 7-8, 18) Review: Chapters 9-10

Chapters 9, 17 Patient Teaching and Health Promotion; Infection Prevention and Control in the Hospital and Home HW: Read Ch. 40, 41 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 360-365 (Short Answer #1-8, Table Activity (All), NCLEX Review Questions) pp. 369-377 (Completion #16, Short Answer #1-5, 714, 16, 18, 20-26 NCLEX Review #1-23)Due on

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#6 Thur

Tuesday #7 Tues
Common Physical Care Problems of the Elderly; Common Psychosocial Care Problem of the Elderly
Dosages & Refer to attached Chapter 1 Calculations Project is Due clinical hour plan

Chapters 40-41

HW: Read Ch. 21 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 185-194 (Terminology #110, Completion #19, Structure & Function #1, 3, 1419, Short Answer #1-6, 8, 10-12, Nursing Process #1-8, NCLEX Review #1-17). Due on Thursday

Review: Chapters 11-12

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#8 Thur

Measuring Vital Signs

Chapter 21

EXAM #3 (Chap 9,17,40,41)

Dosages & Calculations

HW: Read Ch. 14,15, Study Guide Assignment: pp. 117-123 Matching #116, Completion #1-15, Short Answer #2-5, NCLEX Review #1-16 Due on Tuesday #9 Tues Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of Patient Care, Loss, Grief; The Dying Patient and Palliative Care Chapter 14,15 HW: Read Ch22, 23 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 195-200 (Short Answer #1-5, Completion #1-14, NCLEX Review #1-10) Due on Thursday

Review: Chapters13-14

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Review: Chapters 15-16

Dosages & Calculations

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#10 Thur

Assessing Health Status; Admitting, Transferring, and Discharging Patients

Chapters 22, 23 Case Study #1: Loss Grief and Death Due HW: Read Ch. 31, 37, Study Guide Assignment: pp. 280-281 (NCLEX Review Questions #1-10), pp. 327-335 (Matching #18, Completion #1, 4-5, 79, NCLEX Review #1-10) Due on Tuesday

Metrology Quiz #2 (Chaps 9-16)

#11 Tues

Pain, Comfort, and Sleep, Care of the Surgical Patient

Chapters 31, 37 HW: Read Ch. 24 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 213-216 (Terminology #1-10, Matching #1-12, NCLEX Review #1-10) Due on Thursday

Chapter 10 Project Due MIDTERM Chap 1-10, 1421, 40,41 Review: Chapter 17

Dosages & Calculations Activities pg. 32

Chapter24 #12 Thur Diagnostic Tests and Specimen Collection Review: HW: Read Ch. 25 Chapter 18 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 221-225 (Matching #112, Completion #1-15, NCLEX Review #1-16) Due on Tuesday
Dosages & Calculations Activities: pg. 33

#13 Tues

Fluid, Electrolytes and Acid- Chapter 25 Review: Base Balance Chapter 19 HW: Read Ch. 29 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 257-262 (Matching #110, Completion #1-8, Short Answer #2, 4-8, NCLEX Review #1-12) Due on Thursday

Dosages & Calculations Activities: pg. 34

#14 Thur

Promoting Urinary Elimination

Chapter 29

EXAM #4 Chap Dosages & Calculations 22-25, 37, 31 Review: Chapter 20

Activities: pg. 37

HW: Read Ch. 26-27 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 229-235 (NCLEX Review #1-18), pp. 239248 (Completion # 3,4, 6, 8, Identification #1-12, Short Answer #1, 2, 9, 13, 14-15, NCLEX Review #1-10) Due on Tuesday

#15 Tues

Concepts of Basic Nutrition and Cultural Considerations; Diet Therapy and Assisted Feeding

Chapter 26,27

HW: Read Ch. 30 Study Guide Assignment: pp.265-269 (Matching #112, #1-5, Nursing Process #1-5, NCLEX Review #111) Due on Thursday Chapter 30 HW: Read Ch. 33,34 Study Guide Assignment: pp. 291-296 (Completion #1-8, Short Answer #3, 5, 9, 13 NCLEX Review #18) pp. 301-306 (Matching #1-10, Short Answer #1, 2, 6, 8, NCLEX Review #1-10). Due on Tuesday

Metrology Quiz #3 (chap 17-20) Case Study #2: Pain Due

#16 Thur

Promoting Bowel Elimination

Review: Chapter 21

Dosages & Calculations Activities: pg. 45, 46, 47

#17 Tues

#18 Thur

Pharmacology and Preparation for Dug Chapter 33,34 Administration; Administrating Oral, Topical HW: Read Ch. 35 and Inhalant Medications Study Guide Assignment: pp. 309-313 (Matching #114, Completion #1-3, 7, 8 Short Answer #1, 3-5, 6, 10-21, NCLEX Review #1-10) Due on Thursday Chapters 35 Administering Intradermal, Subcutaneous and HW: Read Ch. 38 Intramuscular Injections; Study Guide Assignment: Blood Glucose Test pp. 339-345 (Completion #1-19, Short Answer ##1, 4, 8, NCLEX Review #115) Due on Tuesday Providing Wound Care and Treating Pressure Ulcers Chapter 38 HW:Read Ch.28, 39 Study Guide Assignment:: pp. 249-254 (#1-15, Completion #1-8, NCLEX Review #1-12) pp. 349355 (Matching #1-11, NCLEX Review #1-15) Due on Thursday

EXAM #5 chap 26,27, 29, 30 Review: Chapter 22

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Review: Chapters23-24

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#19 Tues

EXAM #6 chap 30, 33, 34, 35 Review: Chapters25

Dosages & Calculations Activities: pg. 43

#20 Thurs

Assisting with Respiration and Oxygen Delivery; Assisting with Aids to Mobilization

Chapter 28 Chap 39

Metrology Quiz #4 (chap 21-24) CASE Study #3: Skin Integrity Due Final Review NIP Pretest Review for Final Exam on calculations

Dosages & Calculations Activities: pg. 44


NCLEX Integration

Tues NIP Post Test #22 Thurs #23 Tues NCLEX Integration Written Final Comprehensive on all previous chapters Metrology FINAL on Calculations #24 Thurs Mini HESI Fundamentals of Nursing Mini HESI

Final Exam (Written Fundamentals Comprehensive and Metrology Final)

VN 100: FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING VN 130A: Internal Clinical Experience

This syllabus and tentative schedule are subject to change. It is your responsibility to check on announcements made while you were absent.

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