Course Syllabus

DISCLAIMER: This syllabus represents the college and state-approved curriculum for this course. For each individual course section, a faculty member may provide a syllabus that contains additional information and any approved exceptions to the information provided below.

Advanced Nursing Skills

Course Description: 

This course provides instruction for the mastery of advanced level nursing skills and competencies in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process as a problem-solving tool. Prerequisites: Reading level 7, Writing level 7, Math level 7 and VNSG 1170 and 1323. Co-requisites: VNSG 1227 and 1260 (3:2-4)

Textbooks/Material: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
A. Demonstrate competency in advanced nursing skills.
B. Implement the steps of the nursing process and describe how each step related to nursing care.
C. Discuss the delivery of advanced nursing skills in a variety of health care settings.
D. Identify the legal and ethical parameters that guide Vocational Nursing practice, including issues of confidentiality and
providing culturally sensitive care.
E. Describe the communication process and demonstrate effective therapeutic communication techniques to promote a
positive nurse/patient relationship.
F. Define the principles of professionalism as they apply to nursing practice and describe how the principles affect the
public image of nursing.
G. Discuss the basic characteristics, trends, and issues of health care delivery.
H. Compare factors affecting the public image of nursing.
I. Interpret institutional policies and procedures for delivery of nursing care.
J. Relate individual responsibility for quality of nursing care.
K. Discuss the dynamics of the nurse-client relationship.
L. Illustrate distinctions between LVN and RN roles.
M. Distinguish functions of team members.
N. Analyze the rights and responsibilities of patients regarding health care, including self-determination.
O. Distinguish the legal parameters of vocational nursing practice and health care.
P. Discuss key federal and state statutes and institutional policies.
Q. Apply basic principles of safety and methods for promoting safety in the work environment
R. Illustrate methods of therapeutic communication.
S. Organize structured data collection tools and techniques of assessment of clients inclusive of interviewing.
T. Compare and contrast the criteria for setting priorities in planning and evaluating care.
U. Identify the developmental stages and common situational variables affecting learning, such as stress, pain, and fear.
V. Identify the role of family and significant others in providing support to the individual.
W. Apply characteristics, concepts, and processes related to transmission of common communicable diseases including
Individual risk factors and preventative health practices.
X. Apply common medical diagnoses, drug and other therapies and treatments.
Y. Illustrate work setting and major community resources.
Z. Recognize the self-evaluation process.
A A. Demonstrate organization of resources and technical proficiency in the laboratory setting.
BB. Develop self-responsibility (includes health and physical wellness, locus of control, stress management, interdependence, decision making and judgment, and boundaries.)


Grade Range: 
90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F
Grade Formula: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Homework/Test Make-Up Policy: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Attendance Policy: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Classroom Participation Policy (optional): 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Classroom Etiquette: 
This information is provided by the individual instructor.
Withdrawal Policy: 
Faculty will not drop students. Students starting college for the first time in fall 2007 or after may only receive six grades of W ( grade received from a course dropped after the census date) from all Texas public colleges and universities attended. Grades of W in developmental courses or courses taken while in high school will not count in the six grades of W. After six grades of W are received, students must receive grades of A, B, C, D, or F in all courses. There are other exemptions from the six-drop limit and students should consult with a Counselor/Educational Planner before they drop courses to determine these exemptions. Students receiving financial aid must get in touch with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.
Repeat Rule: 
If a course is subject to the repeat rule, a student may take the course two times and pay the regular tuition. The third time, the student will be charged an additional $60.00 of tuition per credit hour for the third or subsequent time taken.
Honesty Statement: 
San Jacinto College students should exhibit honesty, integrity, and high standards in their academic work. Members of the college community benefit from an open and honest educational environment. Upholding academic integrity is the responsibility of everyone.

Emergency Response: 
For immediate response to an emergency on campus San Jacinto College Police Department should be notified immediately by dialing extension 5555 or 281-476-9128.
Emergency Notification/College Closure: 
In the event the College needs to be closed for any situation, such as inclement weather, students and employees should check the College website at www.sanjac.edu or call (888) 845-5288 for the most immediate and current information. The College will also engage SJC AlertMe, which sends a voicemail, email, and/or text message to each student/employee who opts in. Students are responsible for any charges from their phone service provider associated with receiving voice or text messages. Official communications with students is through their San Jacinto College email account, and any emergency notifications will always be sent to students' San Jacinto College email addresses. The College will also contact local media but the most reliable, accurate and current information will also be found on the College website, via SJC AlertMe, or at the toll-free number listed above.
Use Of Student Email: 
The College provides a free, official email account to all students to ensure efficient and secure communications between you and the College. Students will be required to use their college-issued email address to communicate with their instructors and all other college personnel, so it is easy to distinguish a student's email from spam. The College expects that students will utilize their college email addresses to send and receive communications with college personnel and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. To activate your student email go to http://www.sanjac.edu/email and follow the instructions provided on the site.
Disability Statement: 
If a student has a disability that may affect his or her ability to learn the material in this course, the student should get in touch with the Disabilities Services Counselor on the campus located in the Educational Planning and Counseling Centers:
Central Campus - 281-476-1888;
North Campus - 281-998-6150 Ext. 2317;
South Campus - 281-922-3444


Graduation Information: 
Upon completion of degree and/or certificate requirements, the student must apply for graduation for the credential to be awarded. There is no fee to apply for graduation. The student completes a Degree Evaluation online using SOS. Confirm that all requirements for the degree or certificate are completed or in progress. Print a copy and bring it to the Educational Planning and Counseling office or Enrollment Services office. Submit a Request for Final Graduation Verification with the Degree Evaluation to the campus Enrollment Services office by (date). This date is provided by the individual instructor.