Clinical-Principles of Clinical Decision Making Syllabus for 2021-2022
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West Campus Jones Hall 234

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Monday: 1000 - 1400

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RNSG-1362-001 Clinical-Principles of Clinical Decision Making


Corequisite: RNSG 1331

Course Description

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.

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Department Expectations

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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(3 sem hrs; 9 clinical)

Class Type


Syllabus Information



Brunner/Suddarth: Textbook of Medical/Surgical Nursing – E-book (ThePoint), 14th Edition, Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins, 2017.

Cannon, J.: Course Manual, RNSG 1331 and RNSG 1362 Principles of Clinical Decision Making, 2018-
2019 (Online).

Lippincott DocuCare – The Point.  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2018).

Clinical requirement-  Mobile device with Webcam, maximum size 10 inch (cell phones are not acceptable).  Students must have reliable access to a stable Internet connection.  (Any system older than 4 years may not have the processing power to work with our current version of Blackboard and its components.)

System Requirements




Operating System

Windows 7,8, or 10

Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9

Windows 10

Mac OSX 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9


1 GHz processor


2 GHz or faster processor


2 GB of RAM


4 GB of RAM or higher

Monitor Resolution

1024 x 768


1024 x 768 or higher

Free Hard Disk Space

32 GB of free disk space

64 GB or higher of free space

Internet Connection

Broadband (high-speed) Internet

connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.

Broadband (high-speed) Internet

connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher

Internet Browser**

Respondus Lockdown Browser and IE8, IE9, Safari 4+, Chrome or Firefox

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Firefox


Java is required to use Blackboard. Download Java.


Macromedia Flash


Flash is required to play videos within the Blackboard system. Download Flash


Mobile Device with Webcam, Maximum size 10 inch






Students will be required to purchase the approved Amarillo College Nursing Department clinical uniform. The uniform will include:  

A royal blue scrub jacket, scrub top, and royal blue scrub pants (NOTE: Landau or Urbane brand only – see detailed information in  the Clinical Course Manual and ADN Student Handbook on page 30-31).  


Two Amarillo College Nursing patches can be purchased in the Washington Campus Bookstore. One patch will affixed to the lab jacket and one to the scrub top. 


Students will wear a athletic shoe (no color requirement) or a nursing shoe. Shoes must be sturdy, cover the entire foot (no open toed or open heel), and be made of material to protect feet. Further information regarding your uniform and the location to affix the patches can be found in your  ADN Student Handbook on page 30-31. 


Students will also be required to wear a clinical name badge which can be made and purchased at the West Campus or Washington Campus Business Office.



Students are also required to have a two pocket folder or binder for clinical.


The following clinical supplies are required for the clinical experience:

Clinical Supplies:

  • Laptop Computer (See computer or mobile device requirements)
  • Required uniform (see student handbook for dress code guidelines) – Strictly enforced
  • Name badge – purchased at the West Campus (Building A) or Washington Campus Business Office. Student must show photo ID before obtaining clinical badge.
  • Stethoscope
  • Protective eye wear
  • Pen light
  • Tape scissors
  • Watch with second hand
  • Black and ink pens
  • Pocket size spiral notebook
  • Book bag or backpack
  • OTHER: Students are required to purchase surgical face masks (no cloth masks allowed in the hospital) and a face shield for clinical experiences. 

Student Performance

After studying the material presented in this course of study the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program. As outlined in the learning plan, the student will apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the particular occupation and the business/industry; demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, communicating in the applicable language of the occupation and the business or industy.



Upon course completion of RNSG 1362 Clinical – Principles of Clinical Decision Making, the student will be able to:

 In the Role of Member of the Profession:

1.  Utilize an ethical-legal framework and professional standards while caring for adult and older adult patients.

2.  Utilize personal strengths and weaknesses to promote professional nursing practice.

3.  Implement parameters and guidelines for quality nursing care for patients and families.


 In the Role of Provider of Patient-Centered Care:


4.   Function as a beginning nursing student to assist in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health of patients and families during adulthood and older adulthood.

5.   Utilize a systematic process and clinical reasoning to provide holistic patient-centered care to adult and older adult patients and families.

6.   Meet the unique psychosocial needs of adults and older adult patients and families.

7.   Demonstrate basic principles of health teaching for patients and families during adulthood and older adulthood.

8.   Utilize basic nursing skills in the care of adult and older adult patients.

9.   Demonstrate compassionate behaviors and appropriate communication skills for the care of diverse adults and older adults.

10.  Utilize community resources available for meeting the needs of adult and older adult patients and families.


In the Role of Patient Safety Advocate:


11.  Apply evidence-based practice data to improve safety and quality of patient care for the adult and older adult patient.

12.  Practice according to professional standards and organizational accreditation requirements to promote and ensure patient safety.


In the Role of Member of the Healthcare Team:


13.  Collaborate with other disciplines to provide holistic patient-centered care to adult and older adult patients.

14.  Demonstrate appropriate communication skills while interacting with other health care team members in the care of adult and older adult patients.

15.  Utilize current technology in the efficient management of holistic patient-centered care for the adult and older adult patients.

16.  Demonstrate the role of the professional nurse in relation to other health care team members.




Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior


Students are full partners in fostering a classroom/clinical environment which is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class/clinical, unless otherwise approved by the instructor; students are prohibited from engaging in any form of behavior that detracts from the learning experience of fellow students. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom or clinical setting may result in a request for the offending student to leave class.

For additional information see A.D.N. Student Handbook-Professional Conduct, ANA Code of Ethics, and A.C. Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Grading Criteria

Grade scale: A = 90-100; B= 80-89; C = 75-79; D = 60-74 and F below 60

Clinical make-up will be scheduled on the last Friday of the semester prior to Final Exam Week.


Students must complete 100% clinical hours.  No more than 1 excused absence will be permitted. That absence will be made up on a set day as designated by the course instructor. Clinical make-up is scheduled for the last Friday of the semester prior to Final Exam Week. A clinical absence of more than 1 day will result in course failure.




Due to the number of clinical agencies utilized for clinical rotations and the number of students we must accommodate for clinical rotations, the clinical schedule will be distributed no later than the second week of the semester.

Additional Information



The clinical schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor and availability of clinical faculty and clinical sites. 

Syllabus Created on:

08/06/21 3:02 PM

Last Edited on:

08/24/21 12:47 PM