NURS 3204-001 Health Assessment: Theoretical Foundations
First day of class: Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Time: 3:00 until 5:00 PM
FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Lark A. Ford, MSN, RN
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
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)
Completion of Concepts of Professional Nursing and Pharmacotherapeutics or concurrent
- Identify age related, cultural, and situational factors affecting health assessment integrating knowledge derived from liberal education. (Essential I, IX)
- Describe the components of a complete health history. (Essential VI, VII, IX)
- Identify principles and techniques of skilled interviewing. (Essential VII, IX)
- Describe the components of a family assessment and genogram. (Essential VII, IX)
- Describe the components and process of physical examination. (Essential IX)
- Differentiate normal and abnormal physical examination findings. (Essential IX)
- Identify topics for health promotion. (Essential VI, VII, IX)
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION / GRADES
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
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%
CELL PHONE POLICY
- Respect for classroom and clinical communication processes are necessary for teaching and learning.
- Silence mobile devices / cell phones in classrooms and clinical settings.
- Remove Bluetooth devices prior to entering the classroom and when in ANY clinical setting.
- Failure to do so can / will / may (depending on the faculty) either affect your class participation, clinical or final course grade.
GRADING POLICY GUIDELINES:
- 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.
- Exams are required.
- Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
- 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.
- If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
- 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.
- Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams.
- Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors. If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers. No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
- When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor. Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location. During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
- Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams. Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
- If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
- 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.
- Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.
- 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.
- Additional graded assignments are included in the final grade only if the weighted exam average is 70% or higher on all exams.
- To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 70% on all graded activities.
- Students must make a "C" (70) or higher in all nursing courses to progress n the program.
The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:
Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.
- If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
- Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
- 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.
- If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
- Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
- Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.
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®, RN Comprehensive Predictor® practice and proctored exams, and the ATI Live Review 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 and ATI Live Reivew taken in fourth semester Clinical Immersion are required to complete courses.
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.
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.
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.
REQUIRED TEXT / REFERENCE
First Semester, Traditional Track, Spring 2012
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
Physical Exam & Health Assessment student lab manual
9781455786831 for all items
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
The above required textbooks will also be used for NURS 3110 Health Assessment: Clinical Applications Course.
RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) TEXT / REFERENCE
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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Please check the schedule for recent updates on class dates and room.
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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