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COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:      PN 100-Vocational Adjustment

CREDIT/CONTACT HOURS:       24 hours minimum (Theory)

Course Description:

Emphasizes on communication skills, practical nursing role and scope of practice as a member of the health care team, licensure process, nurse-patient relationships, potential of violence, abuse and medical errors in the workplace, legal and ethical responsibilities for all clinical aspects of the practical nurse’s role and function, knowledge of the health care delivery system & health occupations, interpersonal relationships and Employability skills.


Methods of Instruction:


Students will explore these courses through classroom’s lectures and discussions are conducted with power point presentations, question and answers interactions, writing assignments, questions/answers on the back of each chapter in the text, etc.  Additional instructional material (articles from journals, newspapers, scientific magazines, clinical case studies etc.) may also be provided and it will be considered testable material that the student is responsible for.

Course Objectives:


  1. Demonstrate legal and ethical behavior within the role and scope of practice
  2. Use verbal and written communication skills specific to the practical nurse
  3. Identify the components of the Nursing Practice Act
  4. Review the components of the Nursing Practice Act
  5. Demonstrate employability skills specific to practical nursing
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare delivery systems/occupations
  7. Use verbal and written communication skills specific to the practical nurse

Course Content:


Chapter 1: The Origins of Nursing


  1. Explain certain events in ancient and medieval times influenced the development of contemporary nursing.
  2. Discuss Florence Nightingale’s influence on modern nursing practice.
  3. List at least 10 of Florence Nightingale’s nursing principles that are still practiced today.
  4. Identify important individuals who contributed to the development of nursing in the United States.
  5. Name some pioneer nursing schools in the United States.
  6. List important milestones in the history of practical nursing education.
  7. Explain war-related developments in nursing.
  8. Discuss current trends that are expected to influence the nursing profession in the 21st century.
  9. Describe the importance of nursing insignia, uniforms, and the nursing school pin.

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook questions

Chapter 2: Beginning Your Nursing Career


  1. Compare the education and level of practice between registered and practical nurses.
  2. Explain the various types of educational programs that lead to licensure.
  3. Identify the standards of the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses in relationship to each of the following: education, legal status, and practice.
  4. Differentiate between permissive and mandatory licensure.
  5. Discuss the reasons for a nurse to seek licensure.
  6. Identify the importance of the nurse’s pledge.
  7. Explain the importance of nursing theory and how a theoretical framework helps nurses in their learning, understanding, and practice.
  8. List the roles of today’s nurse, briefly explaining each one.
  9. Discuss the importance of nurses projecting a professional image.
  10. Discuss the goals of at least three nursing organizations and state at least two reasons why a student or a licensed nurse should join a professional organization.


Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook questions


Chapter 3: The Healthcare Delivery System


  1. Discuss trends and challenges of healthcare in the 21st century. Relate these changes to the needs of nurses,
  2. Define and discuss differences between acute care and extended care facilities, and identify the types of healthcare services provided in each type of healthcare facility.
  3. Identify at least three services available to meet the healthcare needs of the community.
  4. State at least two functions of a school nurse and an industrial nurse.
  5. State at least two functions of The Joint Commission. Relate these functions to nursing standards of care.
  6. Define the term quality assurance and state its function in healthcare facilities.
  7. Explain the role of the client representative, advocate, or ombudsperson.
  8. Describe at least six methods of payment for healthcare services.
  9. Determine the role of complementary or holistic care in the delivery of healthcare.
  10. Identify at least three negative impacts of consumer fraud on public wellness

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook questions

Chapter 4: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Nursing


  1. Define and describe the legal and ethical standards of healthcare and how they relate to nursing.
  2. Explain the implications for nurses for the concepts of false imprisonment, abandonment of care, invasion of privacy, and confidentiality.
  3. Define and discuss the purpose of a Nurse Practice Act. Name the components of a Nurse Practice Act.
  4. State at least three functions of a State Board of Nursing.
  5. Name some common-sense precautions that nurses can take against lawsuits.
  6. State the benefits and limitations of the Good Samaritan Act.
  7. Discuss the concept of professional boundaries.
  8. Define and discuss the three major types of advance directives.
  9. Define the types of people who are vulnerable to deficient or harmful care.
  10. Differentiate between biological death and brain death.
  11. State the rights and responsibilities of healthcare clients.
  12. List the major provisions of the HIPAA legislation and state the overall goal of this legislation. Describe how this impacts nursing care.

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook question

Chapter 5: Basic Human Needs


  1. Describe and discuss the hierarchy of needs, from the simple to the complex, as developed by Maslow.
  2. Define the term regression and explain at least two examples of regression.
  3. List at least five physiologic needs of all people and animals.
  4. List five examples of nursing activities that help an individual meet basic physiologic human needs.
  5. List four examples of nursing activities that help an individual meet the needs of security and safety.
  6. List two examples of nursing activities that help an individual obtain the goal of self-esteem.
  7. List two examples of nursing activities that help an individual obtain the goal of self-actualization.
  8. Address the basic and aesthetic needs of individuals who are homeless, who have a terminal illness, or who have lost their jobs and source of income.
  9. Relate at least three community or societal needs to the hierarchy of needs of an


Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook       questions

Evaluation:      Check student’s progress, Quiz

Chapter 6: Health and Wellness


  1. State the World Health Organization’s definition of health.
  2. List five components of health and describe how each is attained.
  3. Define and differentiate the terms morbidity and mortality.
  4. Discuss nursing implications related to the healthcare financing.
  5. State preventive healthcare measures that have benefited American society.
  6. Explain the wellness–illness continuum. Discuss the implications of acute and chronic illnesses as part of the continuum.
  7. Relate the concept of wellness to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs.
  8. Define and differentiate the terms lifestyle factor and risk factor. Describe lifestyle and risk factors that can directly affect health, and the nursing considerations for these factors.
  9. List sources of healthcare education and information.
  10. Identify health concerns of each of the following age groups: infants, children, adolescents and young adults, mature adults, and older adults. State at least four nursing implications related to each.
  11. Identify categories of diseases or disorders that are deviations from wellness.

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook question

Chapter 7: Community Health


  1. Define the term community. State the relationship of community to that of the health of a community. Identify types of communities.
  2. Identify the health-related functions of the WHO and UNICEF.
  3. State the achievements attributed to improvements in public health that resulted in an increase of lifespan in the 20th century.
  4. Define and differentiate between the USPHS and the HHS.
  5. Identify and discuss functions of the HHS, the CDC, and the FDA.
  6. Discuss the purpose of the NIH and state the role of the NINR.
  7. Identify the functions of OSHA and of the Social Security Agency.
  8. Identify the role and functions of the National Safety Council, the Red Cross, and the VNA.
  9. Differentiate between organizations that are related to specific disorders and organizations promoting specific health goals.
  10. Identify at least seven programs that are common to state healthcare services.
  11. Discuss primary care and functions of the community health center.
  12. Identify the causes and discuss the significance of the various types of pollution.

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook questions

Chapter 8: Transcultural Healthcare

  1. Define and state the components of culture, subculture, race, minorities, and ethnicity.
  2. Identify major subcultural groups of your community, your state or province, and your country.
  3. Define and give examples of prejudice, ethnocentrism, and stereotyping.
  4. Identify barriers to providing culturally competent nursing care.
  5. List nursing considerations that need to be considered as part of a cultural assessment.
  6. Discuss ways in which each of the following influences nursing care: values and beliefs, taboos and rituals, concepts of health and illness, language and communication, diet and nutrition, elimination, and death and dying.
  7. Assess the importance of religious and spiritual beliefs for clients experiencing illness.
  8. Compare and contrast the following belief systems: magic/religious, scientific/biomedical, holistic medicine, yin–yang, and hot–cold.
  9. Discuss the common philosophies of mental illness in different cultures and state how these ideas affect nursing care.
  10. Identify important qualifications for a professional interpreter.
  11. Discuss cultural aspects of each of the following: personal space and touching, eye contact, diet and nutrition, elimination, and concepts of death and dying. Relate these aspects to concepts of nursing care.

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook questions=

Evaluation:      Check student’s progress, Quiz

Chapter 101: From Student to Graduate Nurse

  1. Describe why obtaining a license to practice nursing is vital.
  2. Explain how the NCLEX relates to the steps of the nursing process.
  3. List and describe categories of client needs measured by the NCLEX.
  4. Name just causes for which a nurse’s license may be revoked or suspended.
  5. Identify the entry-level competencies expected of an LPN/LVN.
  6. Describe the use of the Internet in nursing.
  7. Discuss the differences in activities or client behavior that may occur during evening or night shifts, as opposed

to daytime hours.

  1. Describe ways in which a nurse can protect his or her health while working the night shift.
  2. Identify the components and importance of a personal nursing file.

Chapter 102: Career Opportunities and Job-Seeking Skills

  1. List the types of healthcare facilities or related agencies, other than hospitals, in which LPN/LVNs might seek employment.
  2. Describe employment opportunities for LPN/LVNs in the long-term care facility; describe differences from hospital nursing.
  3. List the specialized areas of nursing available to the LPN/LVN.
  4. Name sources of employment information for nurses. Describe the function of a placement service, nursing pool, or registry.
  5. Explain how a nurse might conduct a job search or apply for a position using the Internet.
  6. Identify important personal and professional considerations for yourself when choosing a place of employment.
  7. List items to include in a resume. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a personal resume.
  8. Describe the letter of application (cover letter) and procedures for filling out the application form; demonstrate the ability to complete an application for a position.
  9. Describe preparation for and protocols during a job interview, and identify the proper protocol for resigning from a position.

Chapter 103: Advancement and Leadership in Nursing

  1. Describe how an LPN/LVN can become nationally certified in gerontology, IV therapy, and other specialty areas.
  2. Compare and contrast the terms leader and manager.
  3. Discuss characteristics of a good manager.
  4. Describe selected leadership roles available to the LPN/LVN.
  5. Name the duties of the team leader/charge nurse.
  6. Describe four different leadership styles.
  7. Describe further education available to LPN/LVNs.
  8. Describe duties and responsibilities of the charge nurse/manager in a nursing home/ECF.

Homework:      Study Chapter vocabulary, complete chapter exercises and answers workbook questions

Evaluation:      Final Exam


  1. Textbook:Rosdahl, C & Kowalski, M (2022) “Basic Nursing” (12th edition). New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  2. Workbook:Rosdahl, C & Kowalski, M (2022)“Workbook to Accompany Textbook of Basic Nursing”
  3. PowerPoint Notes and handouts
  4. http://www.lww.com/Rosdahl12e or http://thepoint.lwwcom/Rosdahl10e
    (Please have these books for every class)

Attendance/Etiquette / Conduct:

Attendance is mandatory in order for students to successfully meet the course objectives. Students who miss any scheduled lectures are responsible for acquiring the information from the professor or classmates. Attendance will be checked every time we meet. If you are not going to be in class email me or call the office. Keep in mind that written documentation is required for any of the absences to be considered as non-penalized. Excused and non-excused absences are considered the same when computing maximum number of allowable absences (for attendance policy, please see School catalog).

Students should silence all communication devices.  No communications devices should be visible on desks during class unless otherwise directed by the instructor as part of a class activity or approved by the instructor for note-taking.   If a pressing situation requires communication during class, notify the instructor before class begins, sit near the door and quietly exit the classroom before answering any communication.  In testing situations, use of any communication, electronic, or data storage device for a reason other than School emergencies or a use specified by the instructor, may lead to a charge of academic dishonesty.

Do not disrupt my lecture by having side conversations, walking in late or continuously leaving the class room, sleeping, eating or any other disruptive behavior that will result in point deduction at my discretion. You are encouraged to ask questions regarding the subject being covered at the time.  You may share your comments by raising your hand. I’m happy to entertain brief questions on the subject being covered at the time. We can expand on a topic after lecture if you feel you need a more in depth answer or further review of the material.

This is a very demanding course. Please don’t hesitate to communicate with me if you have any issues to discuss.  You are expected to read before each lecture and review after.

Students with Special Needs:

Students who qualify for specific accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should notify their instructor the first week of class. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the instructor.

Make-up exam/quiz policy:

There is no excuse to miss a test/quiz unless under excruciating circumstances (ex. medical emergency, accident, death in the family, etc.). If this is the case, proper documentation must be provided in order to make-up the exam/quiz.

Academic Dishonesty:

CHEATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED and it will be dealt in accordance with the policy on academic honesty found in the School Catalog. Cheating includes and is not limited to the following actions: copying from someone else’s work/exam, aiding in cheating, plagiarism, using electronic devices (phones, I-phone, blackberry, etc.) utilized to search the web, retrieving information stored in any device electronic and non-electronic, including props, own body clothing, shoes, pencils, etc.


Instructional Methods:

Classroom lecture and discussions are conducted with power point presentations, question and answers interactions, writing assignments, questions/answers on the back of each chapter in the text, etc.  Additional instructional material (articles from journals, newspapers, scientific magazines, clinical case studies etc.) may also be provided and it will be considered testable material that the student is responsible for.  I strongly recommend that you form a study group, use the library, Google, etc., for your success.


Evaluation criteria:

The student’s ability to satisfy the cognitive objectives of the courses will be evaluated based on examination, quizzes, attendance, participation, presentation, and extra credit assignments (specified at the instructor’s discretion).



  1. Knowledge-level questions require only rote memory and are easiest type to answer. They include remembering terms, facts, dates, lists, etc. To answer this type of question one needs only to recognize or recall the information as it was written in the text/lecture notes or spoken in the lecture.
  2. Comprehension-level questions require you to do more than just recognize what was presented in the text or lecture. They require student to understand the material well enough to be able to identify concepts and issues even when they are phrased differently from the way the student read them or heard them presented.
  3. 3. Application-level questions require the student to apply the information that the student learned to a new situation.
  4. 4. Analysis-level questions require the student to break down a complex concept into its components or parts.
  5. Synthesis-level questions require the student to bring information together into a single unit or whole.
  6. Evaluation-level questions require the student to make judgments about the value or worth of an idea. In most cases, both analysis and synthesis are required to answer evaluation level questions. They are the most difficult type of question to answer and require the highest-level thinking skills. Best-answered questions often require judgments.

If students experience difficulty with the subject matter they should meet with me to determine strategies needed to improve understanding, comprehension and performance. Ultimately, it is only the student’s efforts that will result in their success in the course.

Examination Protocol:

 During exams students may not speak to one another.  Notes, books, blackberry phones, I-phone, etc., must be turned off and put away. No bathroom breaks are allowed during examinations. Exam and quiz time will be determined according to the number of questions, per instructor’s discretion.

Grading Policy:


Assignment/ Workbook/ Presentation 30% 30% 30% 30%
Quizzes 30% 30% 30% 30%
Final Exam 30% 30% 30% 30%
Attendance 10% 10% 10% 10%
%  Total 100% 100% 100% 100%

These grades will be totaled and the final course grade is determined using the following scale:

A– 93-100% Outstanding


B – 85-92% Above Average


C – 77-84% Satisfactory


D– 70-76% Below Average


F – Below 70% Unsatisfactory


 I                                 Incomplete


W Withdrawal


TRC                          Transfer Credit


Receipt of Syllabus

PN 100-Vocational Adjustment


By affixing my signature below, I agree with the following statements:

  • I fully understand the policies set forth in this syllabus.
  • I acknowledge and understand that my failure to abide by these policies may have significant academic consequences for which I am solely responsible.
  • I understand that this is NOT a self-paced course.
  • I understand that there are deadlines for each assignment, paper, discussion topic, test and final exam.
  • I understand the time commitments and course requirements and the schedule for this course.
  • I understand that I am responsible for keeping copies of all my work and e-mail correspondence for this Course.
  • I understand that plagiarism (the unacknowledged use of information discovered and reported by others or the use of their exact words, copied verbatim) is a serious offense and can result in failing this course;
  • I will submit my own original work for this course.
  • I understand that it is fully possible for a student to complete all work on time and still receive a failing grade for this course if the work submitted is not college-level.
  • I understand the grading policy for this class.
  • I understand that all provisions in this syllabus are subject to revision by the instructor. Such revisions, if any will be sent to me via e-mail. It is my responsibility to make note of all such announcements concerning syllabus revisions and assignments.
  • I acknowledge and agree that the lecture content described by this syllabus can be changed at the discretion of the course instructor in order to meet the course objectives.
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