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									VNSG 1219

Vocational Nursing Program
Course Syllabus

VNSG 1219 – Professional Development

Catalog Description: The study of the importance of professional growth will be
presented in this course. Topics include the role of licensed vocational nurse in multi-
disciplinary health care team, including the basic principles of leadership and
management, professional organizations, and the identification of criteria and appropriate
resources for continuing education.

Prerequisites: NURA 1301 or equivalent, BIOL 2404, VNSG 1231, 1304, 1400, 1261,
1509, 1234, 1360

Semester Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours per week: 2
Contact Hours per Semester: 32
State Approval Code: 51.1613

Course Rationale: The purpose of the course is to assist in the transition of the
vocational nursing student to the role of professional vocational nurse.

Course Outcomes (WECM)

Describe the role of the licensed vocational nurse in multi-disciplinary 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.


At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

   1. Plan nursing care within a legal/ethical framework, including scope of practice.
      {SCANS: 1Ai-1Av, 1Bi – 1Bvi, 1Ci-1Cv, 2Ai-2Aiii, 2Bi-2Bvi, 2Ci-2Civ, 2Di-
       2Diii, 2Ei-2Eiii}
   2. Demonstrate accountability by applying standards of care in planning nursing
      care. Use self-directed critical thinking approach to analyze data and information
      from multiple sources as a basis for decision-making in nursing. {SCANS: 1Ai,
      1Aii, 1Aiv, 1Av, 1Bii – 1Bvi, 1Ci-1Cv, 2Ai, 2Bi- 2Bvi, 2Ci-
       2Ciii, 2Di, 2Diii}

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At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

   1. Accepts the role of the beginning vocational nurse and demonstrates
      accountability for own nursing practice.{SCANS: 1Ai-1Av, 1Bi – 1Bvi, 1Ci-1Cv,
      2Ai-2Aiii, 2Bi-2Bvi, 2Ci-2Civ, 2Di-2Diii, 2Ei-2Eiii}
   2. Explain advocacy to promote the provision of quality health care for clients.
      Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional
      nursing. {SCANS: 1Ai, 1Aii, 1Aiv, 1Av, 1Bii – 1Bvi, 1Ci-1Cv, 2Ai, 2Bi- 2Bvi,
      2Ci- 2Ciii, 2Di, 2Diii}

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
    1. Analyze cost effectiveness of human and material resources for the provision of
        care. .{SCANS: 1Ai, 1Aii, 1Aiv, 1Av, 1Bii – 1Bvi, 1Ci-1Cv, 2Ai, 2Bi- 2Bvi,
        2Ci- 2Ciii, 2Di, 2Diii}
    2. Develop collaboration skills with instructor and peers for planning and delivering
        care. .{SCANS: 1Ai, 1Aii, 1Aiv, 1Av, 1Bii – 1Bvi, 1Ci-1Cv, 2Ai, 2Bi- 2Bvi,
        2Ci- 2Cv, 2Di, 2Diii}
    3. Compare organizational frameworks of various health care settings. {SCANS:
        1Ai, 1Aii, 1Aiv, 1Av, 1Bii – 1Bvi, 1Ci- 1Cv, 2Ai, 2Bi- 2Bvi, 2Ci- 2Ciii, 2Di,

Course Requirements:
   1. The student must have an average grade of 75 or above in order to successfully
      complete this course.
   2. Preparation and active participation in class.
   3. Outside individualized research in texts, videos, CAI’s and journals.
   4. Compliance with all rules and regulation as outlined in the current Department of
      Nursing Student Handbook and Panola College catalog.
   5. If any student in this class has special classroom or testing needs because of a
      physical, learning, or emotional condition, please contact the Americans with
      Disabilities Act counselor in the Administration Building, telephone 903-693-
   6. Withdrawing from a course is the student’s responsibility. If you do not withdraw
      yourself, you will very likely receive an F if you do not attend class.
   7. If a student has a name change while attending Panola College, it is the student’s
      responsibility to notify Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, and other
      departments of Panola College.

Web CT:
Web CT may be used to supplement the course. You will be expected to check your
email and reply to messages as instructed. As you know, there is not enough time to

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review all the content in the book. Therefore, you will be responsible for reviewing
and studying selected chapters independently.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery:

   1)   Lecture
   2)   Discussion
   3)   Video/ Audio/ Presentation/ Games (Therapeutic Communication )
   4)   Computer assisted instruction
   5)   Classroom participation
   6)   Guest speakers
   7)   Class work/ homework
   8)   Student presentations

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 75-79
F = below 74.99 NO ROUNDING

Test Review

   1. Test Review will be conducted at the discretion of the instructor.
   2. A student may make an appointment with the instructor to review the test.
   3. If you challenge a test question, you must submit in writing a rationale and
      reference regarding the question.

Overall Course Grade:
      3 Tests                                       80 %
      Professional Resume                           5%
      Interviews (1)                                5%
      Quiz/Discussions/CAI/Special Project          10 %

Test average must be equal to or greater than 75 to pass the
Unit I Objectives

           1. Explain the roles of the health care team and identify team members
           2. Describe the methods used to deliver nursing services
           3. Describe the role of the LPN/LVN in the methods used to deliver nursing
           4. Differentiate among assertive, aggressive, and nonassertive behavior.
           5. Discuss assault in the workplace
           6. List behavioral changes that may indicate employee violence.

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           7. Describe the role of the LPN/LVN as described in the Nurse Practice Act.
           8. Explain the difference between leadership and management and identify
               the LPN/LVN role within the organizational chain of command.
           9. Identify the different leadership styles and skills needed to be an effective
           10. Identify charge nurse skills including assignments and delegation within
               the LPN/LVN’s scope of practice.

Unit II Objectives

           1.   Discuss appropriate job seeking behaviors.
           2.   List employment opportunities available to licensed LVN/LPNs.
           3.   Develop professional resume.
           4.   Interview with prospective employer.
           5.   Explain the purpose of the NCLEX-PN and its process.
           6.   Identify criteria and appropriate resources for continuing education
           7.   Discuss LPN/LVN professional organizations.

Unit III Objectives: Jurisprudence

Using a critical thinking approach, the student will be able to: Discuss the legal-ethical
issues of jurisprudence as found in the Nurse Practice Act and Board of Nursing Rules
and Regulations. (SCANS IIci)

   1. Restate the mission of the BON
   2. Differentiate the roles and functions of the BON from those of nursing and
       healthcare specialty associations
   3. Discuss the role of the Texas Legislature in relation to the state statues that relate
       to Nursing
   4. Discuss how the BON Rules relate to the statutes in Texas Occupations Code
   5. Explain the functions of the BON
   6. Explain why a license is required to practice nursing
   7. Locate the statutes and rule that protect the title “nurse”
   8. List the minimum information required on a name badge
   9. Discuss when a temporary permit is used
   10. Choose appropriate methods of verifying a nurse’s license
   11. List requirements for licensure renewal
   12. Describe the nurse licensure compact
   13. Locate the rule and resource information that lists the Continuing Education
       requirements for licensure renewal

   1. List the criminal behaviors that may be bars to licensure
   2. Distinguish ethical conduct in nursing and why it is important

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   3. Discuss rule 213.27, Good Professional Character and identify the factors used to
      evaluate whether or not a nurse has these characteristics
   4. Define professional boundaries and the nurse’s role in maintaining them
   5. Identify actions by a nurse that would constitute “boundary violations” as defined
      by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
   6. Identify actions by a nurse that could constitute unprofessional conduct and
      grounds for BON disciplinary action, other than boundary violations

   1. Identify differences in the nursing process for professional nursing and vocational
   2. Explain how to file a report of complaint regarding a nurse who is believed to
       have violated some portion of the statues or rules

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                            Resume Criteria for VNSG 1219

Resume must be submitted using one of the templates provided in Success In
Practical/Vocational Nursing (pp. 369-374). A cover letter must accompany the resume
along with a follow up/thank you letter. All assignments must be typed. No late
assignments will be accepted.

Date:_____________________________               Resume Style_________________


                                Resume Grading Tool
           Criteria                Possible Points              Points Awarded
 Typed cover letter. Must
  include all information                10
   included in Box21-9A
 Resume must include all                 70
 information from chosen
  sample resume in book
    Follow up letter must
 include information from                10
   sample letter in book.
           Typed                         3
          Neatness                       3
     Overall appearance                  4
    Total Possible Points               100

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