Spring 2022

NURS 3305-001 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Practice: Clinical Application

All students are responsible for checking their UTHSCSA Livemail account regularly (i.e., daily or several times every week) to obtain Official University Communication regarding their courses, program and student status.

Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

Clinical Orientation & and skills lab:

During week 1, students will start clinical skills lab rotating through the various stations learning and practicing the following clinical skills:


Julie Peterson Newman, PhD, RN - Clinical Course Coordinator

Email:  PetersonJK@uthscsa.edu
Office Number:  Room SL 035
Cell Phone Number: 210-412-0107


This course provides practice experience for clinical decision making and interventions with individuals, including a special focus on the older adult, in diverse settings using a patient centered, holistic, caring framework


3 semester hours (3 hours clinical)


Completion of NURS 3330 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Practice: Theoretical Foundations, NURS 3303 Concepts of Professional Nursing, and NURS 3309 Pathophysiology or concurrent


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. 
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


  1. Utilize a clinical decision making model to deliver quality nursing care to individuals in predictable care environments. (Essential II, III, VI, VIII)
  2. Apply concepts of multidimensional care to deliver quality, nursing care. (Essential I, II, IX)
  3. Develop therapeutic relationships based on caring behaviors and healing techniques. (Essential VI, IX)
  4. Deliver safe patient care to individuals in predictable care environments. (Essential II, V, VIII, IX)
  5. Implement safe, quality nursing interventions based on evidence. (Essential II, III, V, IX)


Grading Scale:

A cumulative grade of 75% or better is required to pass the course.

For successful credit, a student must (please see chart below):

Lab Attendance / Participation: 20 points (includes 10 pts for attendance and 10 pts for participation); example: submission of pre/post work, ATI)


Clinical Attendance / Participation: 20 points (includes 10 pts for attendance and 10 pts for participation); example: submission of weekly care plans, mini-presentations, as instructed by your clinical instructor)

Math Assessment (100 points): using dimensional analysis, or “DA” 

(must pass competency to pass course: 92% is minimum passing score)

 Step-by-step   Video Modules

Medication Administration Competency (must pass competency to pass course); Grade: complete/incomplete

 Grading Rubric

Indwelling Urinary Catheterization Competency (must pass competency to pass course); Grade: complete/incomplete

 Grading Rubric

Care Plan packets (midterm=50 pts; final=50 pts): must pass each with minimum of 75%

 Grading Rubric

Final Presentation (100 pts): must pass with minimum 75%

 Grading Rubric

Skills Labs and Clinical Participation: preparation, attendance, and participation are imperative to success in this course.  Missed labs must be made up by coordinating with the course coordinator or clinical instructor a time outside of class to review content in the CSI.



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.



Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


NURS 3305:

Potter Fundamentals of Nursing, 10th ed.
Ackley Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 12th ed.

Davis Drug Guide, 17th ed. ISBN: 978-1-71964-005-3

ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) platform

Several of the 5th Semester nursing textbooks used during your fifth nursing semester are available electronically or as a textbook bundle. The Elsevier textbook bundle and/or eBook Bundle is available for you to purchase at the UT Health – San Antonio Bookstore which includes all the required textbooks for your upcoming semester.




CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

For Calendar details, please refer to information posted in Canvas.

Students will be required to wear the official Nursing Uniform to lab and clinical (Burnt Orange Scrub Top and Black Scrub Pants).  

On behalf of the NURS 3305 Foundations teaching  team, we are looking forward to facilitating your learning this semester.

Thank You!

Dr. Peterson

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