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1 201 W. University Odessa, Texas ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM (A.D.N.) STUDENT HANDBOOK

2 PREFACE Welcome to the Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Program! This handbook is a supplement to the college catalog and general OC student policies. OC On-line policies can be accessed at The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with information specific to the nursing program. The handbook also contains helpful resource information to facilitate your success in the Nursing Program. It is important that you keep and refer to this handbook throughout your enrollment in the nursing program. This handbook maybe found on-line at This ODESSA COLLEGE NURSING STUDENT HANDBOOK is a publication of the Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Department. The policies, rules, and regulations and the general information provided in this handbook are subject to change without notice. If you have questions or problems or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact any of the nursing faculty, the Director of the A.D.N. Program and/or the Program Secretary. Our primary goal is your success, both during nursing school and eventually as a member of the nursing profession. NURSING OFFICE HOURS Fall and Spring Semesters: Monday -Thursday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Summer: Monday -Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1-5:30 p.m. Closed Friday Nursing Office phone: Nursing Office fax: OC Mailing Address 201 W. University Odessa, TX Office hours for faculty posted on office doors and on-line WEB Site Information: THE ODESSA COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE IN REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, AGE, ETHNIC/NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION/CREED, GENDER/SEX, MARITAL STATUS, VETERAN STATUS, OR DISABILITY. 1

3 ACCREDITATION STATUS The Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing for the State of Texas (BON)*. The Texas BON can be reached at 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-640, Austin, TX 78701, phone The nursing curriculum plan is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The Program is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education of Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). ACEN may be reached at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia , phone STUDENT INPUT INTO THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS You, the student, are the most important part of the nursing program. Your suggestions and ideas aid us in strengthening the program. Therefore, student input is encouraged and appreciated. Mechanisms for input may be through student government, ad hoc student representation on standing or called faculty committees, student representation on the Advisory Committee, course and program evaluations, or directly to faculty or the Director of Nursing. 2

4 Table of Contents Preface... 1 Table of Contents... 3 I. Program Foundation Mission Statement... 6 Conceptual Framework... 9 Curriculum Design Program Objectives/Outcomes Introduction to Institutional Core Objectives (ICOS). 15 Options/Tracks for the Nursing Student Program Admission Curriculum Plan Day or Evening Option Curriculum Plan Transition Option Nursing Courses Course Descriptions II. III. General Information Advisement and Registration Financial Aid Program Expenses Availability of Personal Contact Information Emergency Telephone Calls Outside Employment Student-Instructor Communication Absence and Tardy Policy Professional Attire Uniform Guidelines Insurance Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Guidelines for Use of Nursing Laboratory Exam Review Student Contract Evaluation of Faculty and Course A.D.N. Grievance Policy Conduct and Performance American Nurses Association s Code of Ethics Student Accountability Standards for Classroom Behavior Academic Honesty Unproctored Exams Reasons to be dismissed from the program.54 Standards for Student Clinical Conduct Narcotics Pre-clinical Selection Attire 56 Personal Digital Assistants Cell Phone Use at Clinical Social Networking Tobacco Free Policy

5 IV. Board of Nurse Examiners Policies Licensing Criteria Disciplinary Sanctions for Sexual Misconduct Disciplinary Sanctions for Fraud, Theft, and Deception Disciplinary Sanctions for Lying and Falsification V. Evaluation and Grading Grading Policy Procedure for Requesting Special Accommodations VI. Progression/Readmission Progression and Readmission Transfer & Readmission Policy...83 Student Retention Policy.86 Medication Math Competency A.T.I. Policy Requirements for Graduation VII. Clinical Policies Legal and Ethical Requirements Scope of Practice Clinical Evaluation Tool Example Clinical Failure Occurrence Reports Visiting Hospital Patients Clinical Hygiene Policy.109 Concept Map Policy..110 VIII. Student Health and Safety Health Screening Requirements Drug Screening Criminal Background Checks Safety in the Clinical Setting Guidelines to Prevent Transmission of Infectious Disease Student Illness or Injury Pregnancy IX. Resources/Miscellaneous Standards for Written Work Cover Sheet Example 124 A Self-Check Procedure for Student Time Management Learning Resource Center (LRC) Student Resources for Success Pinning Ceremony and Commencement Consent Form Release of Information Contract Student Handbook

6 5 I. PROGRAM FOUNDATION

7 MISSION STATEMENT The Mission of the Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Program is to lead the way in preparing nursing students for practice in a multicultural community within a diverse and changing health care environment; advance the practice of nursing; and provide quality, comprehensive health care in a competent, caring and compassionate manner. We Believe: 1. And accept the purpose and mission statements of Odessa College. 2. Students are individuals and have differing educational needs and life experiences. 3. In establishing a caring environment that encourages students to assume responsibility for learning and personal development in partnership with the faculty. 4. Caring is a fundamental concept through which scientific nursing principles are used to meet the needs of the patient and family with dignity and competency. 5. Professional nursing places emphasis on illness prevention, and health promotion in a holistic, multicultural environment, including the roles of member of the profession, provider of patient centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the health care team. 6. In using collaboration and communication effectively within the community to share and utilize available strengths and resources to enhance curriculum development in order to meet projected community needs. 7. And accept the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners Differentiated Essential Competencies as the roles of the associate degree graduate nurse. 8. Graduates of the Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Program are prepared to practice using clinical reasoning, and knowledge based on the associate degree nursing plan of study and evidence-based practice outcomes as a basis for decision making in nursing. 9. Graduates of the Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Program are competent and prepared to apply for Registered Nurse Licensure by the Texas Board of Nursing. 10. Graduates of the Odessa College Associate Degree Nursing Program will demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning. Revised 06/12 PHILOSOPHY 6 The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Odessa College functions as an integral part of the College. The role, the mission, and the purpose of Odessa College serve as the basis for the Nursing Program. It is the mission of the nursing faculty to educate and prepare beginning professionals for practice in a multicultural community within a diverse and changing health care

8 7 environment, advance the practice of nursing, and provide quality, comprehensive health care in a competent, caring, and compassionate manner. Associate degree nursing defines patient as individual and family The faculty believes that the patient and family are the primary focus of nursing care. Each individual is a unique, holistic being with intrinsic worth and dignity. Patients have biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual, and cultural needs which are dynamic and deeply influenced by changes in their internal and external environment. As a member of the health care team, it is the responsibility of the Associate Degree Nurse to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with the patient, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient-centered care. We believe that the environment encompasses internal and external conditions, circumstances, and influences that interact with and affect the patient. Environment consists of physical, psychological, biological, social, spiritual, and cultural components. Environment is dynamic, including values and beliefs, technological resources, economic diversity, educational opportunities, and human characteristics. It provides the context for the development of individuals, the identification of human needs, including those related to health, and the practice of nursing within various settings. The Associate Degree nurse must assess the environment of the patient when coordinating human, information, and material resources and formulating goals/outcomes and developing the plan of for patients and their families. Faculty believe that health refers to the level of biological, psychological, social and spiritual functioning on a wellness-illness continuum, not merely the absence of disease. Health is influenced by developmental stages, social, economic, and cultural factors, personal choices about lifestyle and values, genetic and environmental factors, and generational patterns. It is the role of Associate Degree Nurses to determine the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data. Faculty believe that nursing is a science and art based on knowledge derived from a body of nursing science, evidence-based practice, the physical and social sciences, and the humanities. In collaboration with the patient, the role of the nurse is to assist in promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. Using a systematic process, Associate Degree Nurses analyze assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families, using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families and the interdisciplinary health care team. Nursing practice utilizes cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills in meeting the health needs of individuals. The practice of nursing necessitates legal and ethical standards for professional excellence and encompasses lifelong learning and application of research. Nursing is a dynamic, interactive, and caring profession. As a faculty, we believe that caring is an essential component of nursing, through which scientific nursing principles are used to meet the needs of the client and family with dignity and competency. Caring requires a personal, social, moral, and spiritual engagement of the nurse. Caring behaviors encompass showing concern, patience, compassion, and being a client advocate within the socio-cultural context of the patient. As a Patient Safety Advocate the Associate Degree Nurse will demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as federal, state, and local government and

9 accreditation organization safety requirements and standards. The nurse will implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others. As nurse educators, we believe that nursing education is grounded in natural, social, behavioral, and humanistic sciences with an emphasis on communication, decision-making, ethical behavior, and caring for culturally diverse clients of all ages. Nursing education provides opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, therapeutic interventions, attitudes, and values of nursing, and then to transfer these abilities to the patient in their care. The associate degree nurse is prepared as beginning level practitioner who provides safe, effective, and ethical nursing care in a variety of health care settings. The faculty and college strive to provide an educational environment in which students are encouraged to learn and assimilate knowledge necessary for their practice. This is accomplished by combining the most effective traditional methods with latest teaching and technological innovations. Nurse educators expect students to be responsible, active learners. Graduates of the Nursing Program are prepared to practice safely, competently and adapt to a variety of health care settings. Revised: 6/08; Reviewed 6/10; 9/11; 06/12 8

10 9 CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK The program design of the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum at Odessa College is based on the faculty s beliefs concerning the patient, environment, health, nursing, caring, and nursing education. It is planned to emphasize the individuality of each patient and address the changing needs of patients and health care. These needs are based on physiological, psychological, social and spiritual dynamics of the clients and families. The Primary Concepts of the program are the role of the nurse as Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of the Health Care Team. These concepts are based on the Differentiated Essential Competencies written for nursing programs to meet the approved criteria established by the Texas Board of Nursing outcomes for graduates. In the role of Member of the Profession, the nurse functions within the nurse s legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families. Graduates are expected to participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing. The graduate nurse is also expected to demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, and lifelong learning. In the role of the nurse as Provider of Patient-Centered Care, the nurse uses clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the associate degree nursing program plan of study and evidence based practice outcomes as a basis for decision making in nursing practice. The nurse determines the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data derived from the associate degree nursing program of study. Nurses analyze assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team. The nurse provides safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families through a broad array of health care services. Implementing the plan of care for patients and their families within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles is another role of the nurse. The nurse evaluates and reports patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks from evidence-based practice, and plan follow-up nursing care. Nursing students are taught to develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients and their families to address health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. The nurse coordinates human, information, and material resources in providing care for patients and their families. In the role of Patient Safety Advocate the nurse will demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards. The nurse will implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others. The nurse will formulate goals and outcomes using evidence-based data to reduce patient risks.

11 When implementing nursing procedures or practices, the nurse will obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed. The nurse will comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act. Taking into consideration patient safety and organizational policy, the nurse will accept and make assignments and delegate tasks appropriately. In the role of Member of the Health Care Team, the nurse is to collaborate with and encourage effective communication between clients, families and other members of the health care team. In preparation for this role, students learn about the many resources available to clients in the local area, as well as state and national organizations and services. Application of organizational and management skills enhances the quality of nursing care provided by the graduate nurse, the level of client satisfaction and, ultimately the achievement of positive client outcomes. 10 Secondary Concepts: Continuum of Care Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Decision-making Skills Growth and Development Communication Professionalism Continuum of Care is the nurse s intervention when necessary throughout the life cycle. Patient-centered care is given to patients of all ages in partnership with the patient/and or family in health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration. Patient- centered care is based on the developmental level as well as cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual needs. Health-Promotion/Disease Prevention includes providing education and health care activities to promote the highest level of performance for the patient/family. In accomplishing this goal, the nurse relies on knowledge of growth and development, cultural and socioeconomic influences, and community resources to encourage the patient/family to achieve a high level of function. Incorporating the above knowledge facilitates the nurse in implementing a safe environment for patients, self and others. Decision making skills are based on the scientific method of inquiry, using both intellectual and creative skills to make competent decisions based on evidence-based practice. The nurse uses critical thinking skills to implement a systematic problem-solving process in each patient encounter and bases nursing actions on scientific knowledge as well as to prioritize patient needs. Communication skills include technological/written, verbal, and nonverbal techniques and collaboration as essential components of the provision of safe, patient-centered care. Effective communication skills enables nurses to establish trust and convey a caring attitude toward the patient/family. Caring attitudes involve compassion, nonjudgmental affirmation, and respect to others. Technological/written communication is the art of documenting patient information to accurately portray patient condition, nursing actions, and patient response to nursing actions. Professionalism indicates a desire for excellence in their chosen field of nursing, and demonstrates a sense of ethics and responsibility in relationships to nursing. It is a lifelong endeavor to achieve excellence in the practice of nursing. The professional demonstrates an attitude of openness and kindness in interpersonal relationships focuses on the needs of others and

12 conducts self in a manner to facilitate therapeutic communication between members of the health care team and patients/families. It encompasses adhering to principles of accountability and responsibility in providing patient-center care. Adherence to the legal and ethical boundaries of the American Nurses Association Standards of Care and the Texas Nurses Practice Act is essential as a Member of the Profession. Growth and Development encompasses changes encountered as a person matures physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and intellectually from the fetal stage through death. It focuses upon characteristics, concepts, and processes related to patients and family across the lifespan. 8/11, 06/12 11

13 CURRICULUM DESIGN Concepts are taught from a simple to an advanced level throughout the curriculum. The nursing program is organized into three (3) major components: general education courses, biological and social science courses, and nursing courses. The nursing courses are further organized into three (3) distinct areas: theory, skills laboratory, and clinical laboratory. The theoretical portion of the nursing curriculum presents concepts and knowledge essential to the practice of nursing. The skills laboratory portion of the curriculum allows the development of manual skills required for nursing practice. The clinical laboratory portion of the curriculum provides the opportunity to apply both knowledge (theory) and skills in the direct care of clients. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with: a theoretical framework on which to base nursing interventions; and a way of processing information to arrive at competent decisions, as well as competence in psychomotor skills basic to nursing practice. The sequencing of courses provides for progressive development of knowledge and skills. During the first three semesters, students learn basic to intermediate level nursing science and practice basic to intermediate technical and interpersonal skills in providing care to 1-2 clients whose health/illness problems are stable and predictable. The last semester focuses on the assessment and intervention processes for clients experiencing unstable and unpredictable illness states, with health care needs of increasing acuity. The emphasis is on problem solving and managing the care of groups of clients. Implementation of the nursing curriculum is based on the following principles: Courses and topics of study are designed so that the student moves from the simple/basic aspects to the complex/more difficult aspects. The sequence of topics among nursing courses and between nursing and related science courses is planned to correlate as much as possible. Courses are structured to provide didactic instruction, skills laboratory and simulation exercises, small group discussions or projects, and direct clinical practice at a high level of correlation. Learning expectations are structured by program design and consistent use of theory and laboratory objectives. Approved: 9/04; 7/10 12

14 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES Upon completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate competency in the following roles: 13 I. Member of the Profession: 1. Function within the nurse s legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the employing health care institution or practice setting. 2. Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families. 3. Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing. 4. Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning. II. Provider of Patient Centered-Care: 5. Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the associate degree nursing program of study and evidence-based practice outcomes as a basis for decision making in nursing practice. 6. Determine the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data derived from the associate degree nursing program of study. 7. Analyze assessment data to identify problems, formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families and the interdisciplinary health care team. 8. Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families through a broad array of health care services. 9. Implement the plan of care for patients and their families within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles. 10. Evaluate and report patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks form evidence-based practice and their families to address health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. 11. Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients and their families to address health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. 12. Coordinate human, information, and material resources in providing care for patients and their families. III. Patient Safety Advocate: 13. Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards. 14. Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others. 15. Formulate goals and outcomes using evidence-based data to reduce patient risks.

15 16. Obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed when implementing nursing procedures or practices. 17. Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act. 18. Accept and make assignments and delegate tasks that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy. IV. Member of the Health Care Team 19. Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver and evaluate patient-centered care. 20. Serve as a health care advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to health care for patients and their families. 21. Refer patients and their families to resources that facilitate continuity of care; health promotion, maintenance, and restoration; and ensure confidentiality. 22. Communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients and their families. 23. Communicate and manage information using technology to support decision making to improve patient care. 24. Assign and/or delegate nursing care to other members of the health care team based upon an analysis of patient or unit need. 25. Supervise nursing care provided by others for whom the nurse is responsible by using evidence-based practice. 10/27/11 14

16 15 Evidence of Improvement Based on Student Learning Outcomes Educational Program Student Learning Objectives Introduction to Institutional Core Objectives (ICOS) Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account global, national, state, and local cultures, the core curriculum must ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. Therefore, with the assistance of the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, the Coordinating Board has approved guidelines for a core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas. The Odessa College faculty have evaluated all of their courses listed in the descriptions on the following pages of this catalog and have keyed them to Odessa College s Institutional Core Objectives as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The numbers found at the end of each course description refer to the following Institutional Core Objectives that have been adopted by Odessa College: Description of Odessa College s Institutional Core Objectives (ICOs) 1 Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information 2 Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication 3 Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions 4 Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal 5 Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making 6 Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities Student-learning Objectives Corresponding to each Institutional Course Objective Specific to this Program *ICO 1 Critical Thinking Skills - to be assessed within the following course: * Students will successfully complete an assignment in which they determine an appropriate response to a real-world situation using critical thinking skills such as innovation, inquiry, analysis, evaluation, or synthesis of information. *ICO 2 Communication Skills to be assessed within the following course: * Students will successfully complete an assignment in which they determine an appropriate response to a real world interaction situation through written, oral, or visual communication. *ICO 3 Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to be assessed within the following course: * Students will successfully complete an assignment involving a real-world situation that includes the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in an informed conclusion. *ICO 4 Teamwork to be assessed within the following course: * Students will successfully complete a group assignment in which they determine an appropriate response to a realworld scenario that considers different points of view and support shared purposes or goals. *ICO 5 Personal Responsibility to be assessed within the following course: * Students will successfully complete an assignment in which they examine an individual s responsibility to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making. *ICO 6 Social Responsibility - to be assessed within the following course: * Students will successfully complete an assignment in which they examine an individual s social responsibility to promote intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and effective engagement in regional,

17 national, and global communities. 16

18 OPTIONS/TRACKS FOR THE NURSING STUDENT The curriculum of the Odessa College Nursing Program prepares graduates to assume beginning staff nurse positions under supervision as providers of care, coordinators of care, and members of the nursing profession. Upon successful completion of the licensing examination, NCLEX-RN, the graduate becomes a Registered Nurse. Odessa College offers two tracks to obtain the Associate Degree in Applied Science for nursing. Each track requires the same non-nursing courses to complete the degree requirements. Students beginning a nursing career can apply for the Day Option or the Evening Option. Students take the same nursing courses in both options. The Transition track allows the licensed vocational nurse (L.V.N.) to receive credit for selected nursing courses through advanced placement. Transition is offered as Day Option only. Transition students must hold a license to practice nursing as a L.V.N. in Texas. Generic students are those who do not hold a licensure to practice nursing as a L.V.N. Once admitted into the Nursing Program, generic students take nursing courses for two years or four 16 week semesters. Transition students take Transition to Nursing Practice (RNSG 2207) in the summer and complete the remaining nursing courses in three semesters. Generic and transition students receive clinical education in various hospitals, community, and health care agencies. Day Option: The Day Option allows generic students the opportunity to take classes and receive clinical education during weekday daytime hours. Odessa College admits students into the Day Option track each fall and spring semester. Evening Option: The Evening Option is designed for generic students to attend nursing classes during weekday evening hours. Clinical education typically occurs on Saturdays, though rotations in community agencies may be scheduled weekdays. Clinical responsibilities may occur weekday evenings. A new class for the Evening Option begins in the fall semester of even numbered years. The group of students completes the two year curriculum before another class is admitted. Transition Option for the LVN: The transition student receives advanced standing for Introduction to Nursing (RNSG 1309), Nursing Skills I (RNSG 1105), Common Concepts of Adult Health (RNSG 1341), Health Assessment (RNSG 1215), Introduction to Clinical (RNSG 1160), and Basic Clinical (RNSG1260). Dosage Calculations (RNSG 1108) must be taken or the candidate may opt to receive advanced placement credit by examination. In the Maymester, transition students begin by taking Transition to Nursing Practice (RNSG 2207), to prepare for the new role as an R.N. In the Summer Semester, the transition student takes Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family (RNSG 1412), Mental Health Nursing (RNSG 2213), and Clinical Transition I (RNSG 2161). In the Fall Semester, the transition student takes Complex Concepts of Adult Health (RNSG 1443), Clinical Transition II (RNSG 2260), and Nursing Skills II (RNSG 1144).In the Spring Semester, the transition student takes Management of Client Care (RNSG 2121), Advanced Concepts of Adult Health (RNSG 2331), and Clinical Transition III (RNSG 2261 and RNSG 2163 Management Clinical. Reviewed: 9/04; Revised 7/07; 6/10 17

19 PROGRAM ADMISSION Nursing Student Recruitment Recruitment for the Nursing Program occurs in Odessa and the college s service areas. Teams from Student Services plan and participate in numerous recruitment activities every month. Events include health fairs, visiting high school and junior high campuses, hosting youth on the OC campus, and career days. Nursing faculty participates in on-campus career days and speaks to student groups visiting the campus. Faculty has an open invitation to join the Recruitment Teams. Another valuable resource for recruitment is the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a federally funded organization located in Midland. AHEC has developed multiple printed resources to recruit for nursing and allied health. In addition, AHEC staff speaks to numerous groups in the Permian Basin. The Nursing Office participates in recruitment by mailing or ing program information to interested persons. The nursing department home page functions as a recruitment tool, as well as furnishes information on the program. The best recruitment strategy for the Odessa College Associate Degree Program is word-of-mouth advertising from satisfied students and graduates. Admission In order to be admitted into the associate degree nursing program, the student must: 1. Be a high school graduate or earned a GED. 2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Transcripts of all courses must be on file in the nursing office. 3. When a student has course work from colleges outside of OC, all the overall GPAs will be averaged together. 4. Have achieved satisfactory scores on the nursing entrance examination, TEAS Version V. 5. Complete the requirements for the college s Success Initiative Plan, which usually includes passing scores on the COMPASS or THEA exam unless an exemption has been earned. 6. Immunizations are required. A complete record must be on file in the nursing office with the completed application by deadline. Applications are accepted for the Fall semester from May 1 st to May 20 th, and applications are accepted for the Spring semester from September 1 st to Sept 20 th prior to class. 7. Be currently trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, professional rescuer module. CPR must remain current during the two year program and documentation must be in the student s file. Provide documentation to the Nursing Office prior to the application deadline. Online CPR training does not meet the requirement for initial training or renewal. 8. All course work for the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better. 18

20 9. The courses required as prerequisites for program admission are the following: BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology RNSG 1108 Dosage Calculations RNSG 1215 Health Assessment ITSC 1191 SP in Computer & Information Science ENGL 1301 Composition 1 The number of students admitted each semester depends upon faculty availability and clinical resources. Students who have met all the admission criteria are ranked according to the earned points from the calculated GPA of the prerequisite courses and the TEAS score. ODESSA COLLEGE NURSING PROGRAM ADMISSION CARITERIA POLICY (Revised May 2010) GPA 1. All students must meet the minimum standard of an overall 2.5 GPA 2. The Pre-Requisite GPA issued to rank the student along with the Adjusted Individual Total Score achieved on the TEAS Test. The Pre-Requisite GPA will be rounded to the nearest 1/100th and the 1/100 th will be added to the point value as a tenth. 3. The overall GPA that a student attains will be used as a tiebreaker. Admission Criteria Policy Point criteria: Students will be admitted on a point system, starting with the highest points and working down. The students with the top 20 overall scores will be selected for admission. Points will be assigned as follows: A minimum TEAS score of 58.7 is required. Student will receive points based on the TEAS score. Example: 58.7 score will give the student 58.7 points. A minimum cumulative GPA score of 2.5 is required; the following prerequisites (RNSG 1108, BIOL 2401, RNSG 1215, ITSC 1191, HPRS 1106, PSYC 2301, and ENGL 1301) are part of this overall score. The same system as above will be utilized; in the event that two students have the same GPA we will go on hundredth, and thousandth if necessary. Example: 2.51 or etc. Additional point accumulation: 1. Students who complete the CNA course will receive an additional 2 points. 2. Completion of BIOL 2402 A&P II and BIOL 2401 Microbiology can also add to point accumulation, the grade of A will add 2 points for each course and the grade of B will add 1 point for each course. Additional.50 point per course can be earned with a minimum grade of B for completion of speech, humanities and PSYC 2314 Life span growth and development prior to placing application for acceptance to nursing. No points will be awarded for anything below a B. Example of above. Student A: TEAS GPA 3.00 CNA 2.00 Additional classes 5.50 (this student has completed all possible point related classes) TOTAL

21 Student B: TEAS GPA 3.50 CNA 2.00 Additional classes 0.00 (this student chose not to take any additional classes for points) TOTAL 70.5 Student C: TEAS GPA 3.00 No CNA or additional points for other courses TOTAL Name: TEAS GPA CNA A&P II MICRO SPEECH HUMANITIES LIFE SPAN TOTAL Other Program Requirements once accepted into the program: Professional liability insurance (paid with tuition and fees each semester) Clearance on the criminal background check. Fees may apply and are the responsibility of the student. Clearance on the urine drug screen from the company specified by the nursing program. Proof of health and accident insurance Professional liability insurance (paid with tuition and fees each semester) Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program (CARP), in every semester. Learning materials online. Students are responsible for all fees associated with CARP. Transfer of Credit Students who have course credits from other accredited colleges or universities must provide the registrar s office and the nursing office with an official transcript. The registrar s office evaluates general education transfer credits. The Program Director will review course credits and decide transferability when the student requests course substitution for those courses required on the degree plan for associate degree nursing. Students seeking to transfer from another school of nursing must have their transcripts and syllabi reviewed by the Director. Transfer of nursing courses occurs only when course content is deemed equivalent with that of Odessa College. 20

22 Revised: 9/04; 7/07; 6/10 Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) POLICY Effective Fall 2014 A&P 1 or 2 (Anatomy and physiology) must be current within the past 5 years of application for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. This policy will be in effect for both the traditional ADN program and the LVN student seeking admission to the Transition program. The course numbers are BIOL 2401 & A grade of C or Better is required. No more than 5 years since taking BIOL 2401 & 2402 from application submission 21

23 Prerequisites Course of Study for Associate in Applied Science Degree Nursing Semester Hrs BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology..1 ITSC 1191 ST in Computer & Information Sciences..1 PSYC 2301 General Psychology..3 RNSG 1108 Dosage Calculations for Nursing. 1 RNSG 1215 Health Assessment..2 Total Semester Hours..15 First Semester BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 RNSG 1360 Clinical. 3 RNSG 1513 Foundations for Nursing Practice..5 Total Semester Hours.12 Second Semester RNSG 1361 Clinical Complex 3 RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 4 RNSG 2161 Clinical Mental Health 1 RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing..2 PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth and Development.3 Total Semester Hours.13 Third Semester RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II.1 RNSG 1512 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family.5 RNSG 2363 Clinical Ob/Pediatrics..3 BIOL 2421 Microbiology..4 Total Semester Hours 13 Fourth Semester RNSG 2121 Management of Client Care. 1 RNSG 2163 Clinical Management 1 RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health..3 RNSG 2262 Clinical Advanced. 2 Humanities/Visual and Performing Arts (from OC Core)...3 SPCH (from OC Core)..3 Total Semester Hours..13 Total Hours.66 22

24 Transition Option (L.V.N. to A.D.N.) General Education Courses Semester Hrs (no changes: such as generic program) ITSC 1191 ST in Computer & Information Sciences.1 BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II. 4 PSYC 2301 General Psychology..3 HPRS 1106 Essentials of Medical Terminology..1 PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth and Development..3 ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 SPCH (from OC Core)...3 BIOL 2421 Microbiology.4 Humanities/Visual and Performing Arts (from OC Core)...3 Total General Education Semester Hours.29 Due to the rigor and pace of the transition program all general education courses must be taken prior to admission into the nursing program. (Exception: One 1-4 semester hour class may be taken while in the nursing program. NOTE: Required Nursing Courses and Sequence: Students must take RNSG 1108 Dosage Calculations for Nursing or pass the Advanced Placement Test prior to beginning RNSG RNSG 1108 Dosage Calculations for Nursing 1 Maymester RNSG 2207 Adaptation to Role of Professional Nurse 2 Total Maymester Semester Hours 2 Summer I and II RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family..4 RNSG 2263 Clinical Transition I 2 RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing.2 RNSG 2161 Mental Health Clinical...1 Total Semester Hours 9 Fall Semester RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II...1 RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health..4 RNSG 2260 Clinical Transition II.2 Total Semester Hours 7 Spring Semester RNSG 2121 Management of Client Care.1 RNSG 2261 Clinical Transition III..2 RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health..3 Total Semester Hours.6 Total Nursing Semester Hours

25 Nursing Courses Receive Advanced Standing (L.V.N. Education) RNSG 1215 Health Assessment.2 RNSG 1360 Clinical.. 3 RNSG 1513 Foundations of NursingPractice.5 Total Semester Hours (Advanced Standing)..10 Total Hours for the AAS degree 65 24

26 NURSING COURSES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Non-nursing courses may be taken earlier than the semester in which listed as corequisite. If not taken prior to admission, non-nursing courses must be taken in the sequential order in the semester listed on the ADN degree Plan. 25 Non-nursing courses may be taken earlier than the semester in which listed as Corequisite. RNSG 1108 Dosage Calculations for Nursing ( ) (1-0) 1 hour Read, interpret, and solve dosage calculation problems. This course lends itself to either a blocked or integrated approach. (ICOs 1, 3) Prerequisite: None. Corequisite: None. RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II ( ) (0-3) 1 hour Study of the concepts and principles necessary to perform intermediate or advanced nursing skills for the adult patient; and demonstrate competence in the performance of nursing procedures. Content includes knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2301, HPRS 1106, ITSC 1191, RNSG 1360, RNSG 1361, RNSG 1443, RNSG 1513, RNSG 2161, RNSG 2213 and RNSG 2314 for the generic student or consent of the department. RNSG 1108, RNSG 2161, RNSG 2207, RNSG 1412, RNSG 2263 and RNSG 2213 for the transition student. Corequisites: BIOL 2421, RNSG 1512, RNSG 2363 for the generic student. RNSG 1443 and RNSG 2260 for the transition student. RNSG 1215 Health Assessment ( ) (1-3) 2 hours Development of skills and techniques required for a comprehensive nursing health assessment within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisites: None. Corequisite: None. RNSG 1360 Clinical Registered Nurse ( ) (0-9) 3 hours A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, ITSC 1191, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, HPRS 1106, RNSG 1108, RNSG 1215 or consent of department for generic student, Corequisites: BIOL 2402 and RNSG 1513 for the generic student RNSG 1361 Clinical Complex ( ) (0-9) 3 hours A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ITSC 1191, ENGL 1301, HPRS 1106, PSYC 2301, RNSG 1108, RNSG 1215, RNSG 1360, RNSG 1513 or consent of the department. Corequisites: RNSG 1443, RNSG 2213, RNSG 2161 and RNSG RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family ( ) (4-0) 4 hours Study of the concepts related to the provision of nursing care for childbearing and childrearing families; application of systematic problem-solving processes and critical thinking skills, including a focus on the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and the childbearing family from birth to adolescence; and competency in knowledge, judgment, skill, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisites: RNSG 2207 and RNSG 1108 for the transition student. Corequisites: RNSG 2263, RNSG 2161 and RNSG 2213 for the transition student.

27 RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health ( ) (3-3) 4 hours Integration of previous knowledge and skills related to common adult health needs into the continued development of the professional nurse as a provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of health care team, and member of the profession in the care of adult patients and families with complex medical-surgical health care needs associated with body systems. Emphasis on complex knowledge, judgments, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ITSC 1191, ENGL 1301, HPRS 1106, PSYC 2301, RNSG 1108, RNSG 1215, RNSG 1360 and RNSG Corequisites: RNSG 1361, RNSG 2161, RNSG 2213, RNSG 2314 and for the generic student..corequisites: RNSG 2260;RNSG 1144 for transition students. RNSG 1512 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family ( ) (4-2) 5 hours Study of the concepts related to the provision of nursing care for childbearing and childrearing families; application of systematic problem-solving processes and critical thinking skills, including a focus on the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and the childbearing family from birth to adolescence; and competency in knowledge, judgment, skill, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisite: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ENGL 1301, HPRS 1106, ITSC 1191, PSYC 2301,, RNSG 1360, RNSG 1361, RNSG 1443, RNSG 1513, RNSG 2161, RNSG 2213, RNSG 2314 and/or consent of the department. Corequisites: BIOL 2421, RNSG 1144, and RNSG 2363 for the generic student. RNSG 1513 Foundations for Nursing Practice ( ) (3-6) 5 hours Introduction to the role of the professional nurse as provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of health care team, and member of the profession. Content includes fundamental concepts of nursing practice, history of professional nursing a systematic framework for decision-making and critical thinking. The mechanisms of disease and the needs and problems that can arise are discussed and how the nursing process helps manage the patient through these issues. Emphasis on knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. Lab fee required. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Prerequisite: BIOL 2401, ENGL 1301, HPRS 1106, ITSC 1191, PSYC 2301, RNSG 1215 and RNSG 1108,,, for the generic student or consent of the department,,. Corequisites: BIOL 2402 and RNSG 1360 for the generic student. RNSG 2121 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management ( ) (1-0) 1 hour Exploration of leadership and management principles applicable to the roles of the professional nurse. Includes application of knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach. (ICOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Prerequisites: All required general education courses, RNSG 1108, RNSG 1144, RNSG 1215, RNSG 1360, RNSG 1361, RNSG 1443, RNSG 1513, RNSG 1512, RNSG 2213, and RNSG 2363 for the generic student or consent of the department. RNSG 1108, RNSG 1144, RNSG 1412, RNSG 1443, RNSG 2207, RNSG 2161, RNSG 2213, RNSG 2260 and RNSG 2263 for the transition student. Corequisites: RNSG 2163, RNSG 2262, RNSG 2331, SPCH, and the ELEC from the approved humanities/visual and performing arts from the OC Core for the generic student. RNSG 2331 and RNSG 2261 for the transition student. RNSG 2161 Clinical Mental Health ( ) (0-3) 1 hour A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (ICOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6). Prerequisite: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ENGL 1301, HPRS 1106, ITSC 1191, PSYC 2301, RNSG 1108, RNSG 1215, RNSG 1360 and RNSG 1513 for generic student or consent of the department. RNSG 1108 and RNSG 2207 for the transition student. Corequisite: RNSG 1361, RNSG 1443, RNSG 2213 and RNSG 2314 for generic student. RNSG 1412, RNSG 2213 and RNSG 2263 for transition student. 26

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