Spring 2012

NURS 3204-001 Health Assessment: Theoretical Foundations

First day of class:  Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Classroom:  1.208-NS
Time:  3:00 until 5:00 PM

FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION

Lark A. Ford, MSN, RN
E-mail:  fordL2@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone:  (210) 567-0838
Office Fax:  (210) 567-1719
Cell Phone:  (210) 544-1535
Office Room:  2.626-NS
Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on the theory and practice of health assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan with emphasis on the adult and geriatric populations.

CREDIT AND TIME ALLOCATION

2 semester hours (2 hours theory)

PREREQUISITES

Completion of Concepts of Professional Nursing and Pharmacotherapeutics or concurrent

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Identify age related, cultural, and situational factors affecting health assessment integrating knowledge derived from liberal education. (Essential I, IX)
  2. Describe the components of a complete health history. (Essential VI, VII, IX)
  3. Identify principles and techniques of skilled interviewing. (Essential VII, IX)
  4. Describe the components of a family assessment and genogram. (Essential VII, IX)
  5. Describe the components and process of physical examination. (Essential IX)
  6. Differentiate normal and abnormal physical examination findings. (Essential IX)
  7. Identify topics for health promotion. (Essential VI, VII, IX)

CLINICAL OBJECTIVES

N/A

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION / GRADES


Grading Percentages: 
All exams will be administered Online - SofTest from ExamSoft
20% - Exam 1
20% - Exam 2
20% - Exam 3
25% - Final Exam
10% - Evidence-Based Health Promotion Presentation
  5% - Journal Article Presentation
100%

Grading Scale:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%

CELL PHONE POLICY

TESTING POLICY

  1. Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
  2. Exams are required.
  3. Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
  4. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled.  Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
  5. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
  6. Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives.  Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Blackboard.
  7. Students cannot bring any items into the exam room (including purses, backpacks, cell phones, pagers, water bottles, caps, jackets, or other items).  Students must wear the UTHSCSA ID clearly visible to enter the room.  Pencils, erasers and any other item needed to take the exam will be provided.
  8. If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.  If the exam is not surrendered with time is called, a grade of zero will be assigned.
  9. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor.  Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
  10. If the exam uses a scantron form for scoring, only the scantron form will be used for final grade determination.
  11. Review of a highlighted key may be provided.  

GRADING POLICY GUIDELINES:
  1. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 70% on all exams.  The final exam weighted average will not be rounded mathematically. 
  2. Additional graded assignments are included in the final grade only if the weighted exam average is 70% or higher on all exams.
  3. To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 70% on all graded activities.
  4. Students must make a "C" (70) or higher in all nursing courses to progress n the program.

 ROUNDING POLICY:

The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:

CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE

Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

  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.

APA GUIDELINES

Effective Fall 2010, the APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs.

Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC (ATI) RN CONTENT MASTERY SERIES®

UTHSCSA School of Nursing utilizes the ATI RN Content Mastery Series® & the RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams to assist students in preparing for the NCLEX-RN® exam.  Through practice and proctored examinations, students are able to assess their own knowledge and receive feedback and direction for content review throughout the program of study.

The proctored exams are administered in specific courses in both undergraduate tracks.

The proctored exam is required to complete the course.

In order for a student to take the course related proctored exam, students must provide documentation of achieving ≥ 80% on both ATI content series practice exams. The content practice exams can be taken as many times as necessary to achieve a ≥ 80%.

Students will receive additional points added to the corresponding course grade for a Level 3 or Level 2 performance on the proctored exam (after achieving ≥ 70% on graded course requirements). For a Level 3 performance on the exam, 3 points will be added. For a Level 2 performance on the exam, 1 point will be added.

SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY

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.

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

Any student seeking ADA Accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act should contact the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A Request for Accommodations (Form 100) must be completed. These forms are available in the Office for Students Room: NS 1.106. 

REQUIRED TEXT / REFERENCE

 

First Semester, Traditional Track, Spring 2012

Required Textbooks/Resources 

Option One – Electronic

Students:  You can select to purchase several of the first semester nursing textbooks packaged together as Electronic Books (eBooks) Bundle using the following Purchase Bundle ISBN: 9781455713264:  You will save money on these bundled textbooks.

Potter, P.A., & Perry, A. G. (2009). Fundamentals of nursing: concepts, process, and practice (7th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby. 

Creasia, J.L., Parker B.J. (2010). Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (5th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Lewis, S. M., Collier, I. C., & Heitkemper, M. M. (2010). Medical surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (8th ed.).  St. Louis: Mosby.

Elkin, M.K., Potter, P.A. and Perry, A.G., (2012), Nursing Interventions & Clinical Skills (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO. Elsevier.

Mosby (2009), Nursing video skills:  basic, intermediate and advanced skills DVD and DVD-ROM.  Maryland Heights, MO. Elsevier.

Pagana, K.D. & Pagana, T.J. (2010). Diagnostic and laboratory test reference (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO.

Skidmore-Roth, L. (2010).  Mosby’s drug guide for nurses (2010 ed.).  St. Louis, MO. Mosby.

Jarvis, C.  (2012). Physical examination & health assessment (6th ed.).  St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

Jarvis, C. (2012).  Student laboratory manual, physical examination & health assessment (6th ed.).  St. Louis, MO:  Saunders Elsevier.

Mosby’s Nursing Skills Video Physical Examination & Health Assessment.  Maryland Heights, MD:  Elsevier. 

Pharmacology for Nursing Care – User guide for Electronic Resources AND
Lehne, R.A. (2010) Pharmacology for Nursing Care Textbook, (7th ed.).  

Mulholland, J. M.  (2011). The Nurse, The Math, The Meds: Drug Calculations using Dimensional Analysis 2nd edition.  St. Louis:  Mosby Elsevier.   

Option Two – Traditional Books

Students:  You can select to purchase the required first semester nursing textbooks separately from the following list below.  The appropriate ISBN code is listed next to each textbook.  

NURS 3204 and NURS 3110 Health Assessment

Author

Title

Ed

ISBN

Publisher

Comments

Jarvis, C. 

Physical Exam & Health Assessment student lab manual

6th

9781455786831 for all items 

Elsevier

Items bundled together cost significantly less than purchased if separately

Jarvis, C. & Mosby’s Nursing Skills Video Physical Examination & Health Assessment

Jarvis Physical Exam & Health Assessment  textbook AND

Mosby’s Nursing Video Series:  Physical Exam and Health Assessment DVD

6th

Elsevier

The above required textbooks will also be used for NURS 3110 Health Assessment:  Clinical Applications Course. 

RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) TEXT / REFERENCE

N/A

CONTENT OUTLINE

Learning Modules:

Introduction to Health Assessment


Interviewing & Health History


Introduction to Physical Examination; General Survey; Measurement & Vital Signs; Skin, Hair & Nails Assessment & Head, Face, Neck & Regional Lymphatics Assessment


Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth & Throat Assessment


Heart & Neck Vessels Assessment & Peripheral Vascular Assessment


Breasts & Regional Lymphatics Assessment; Abdominal Assessment & Genitourinary Assessment


Musculoskeletal Assessment; Mental Status & Neurologic Assessment

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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Date:  Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Course Orientation/Introduction to Health Assessment
Pre-class reading assignment:


Jarvis, C. (2012).  Physical examination & health assessment (6th ed.).  St. Louis, MO:  Saunders Elsevier.


Chapter 1, Evidence-Based Assessment, pp. 1-10.


Chapter 2, Cultural Competence:  Cultural Care, pp. 11-28.

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