West Campus, Building A, Suite 104E
I will be in my office available for student meetings Mondays - Wednesdays between 2PM and 3:30PM and Fridays between 10AM and 12PM..
Please make an appointment to talk with me if these times do not work for you. I am available most afternoons, some evenings, and sometimes on weekends.
If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.
Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.
If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc
The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.
Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
NURA-1401-001 Nurse Aide for Health Care
Knowledge, skills and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Topics include resident's rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Emphasis on effective interaction with members of the health care team, restorative services, mental health and social services needs.
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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:
You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.
(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 2 lab)
On Campus Course
Lippincott Textbook for Nursing Assistants A Humanistic Approach to Caregiving -- Fifth Edition
THESE SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED FOR THE CNA PROGRAM
a 3-ring binder WITH PAPER (for notes and other paperwork)
a box of gloves (this will ensure you have the right size and allow you to get into the habit of wearing gloves at appropriate times.)
a watch with a second hand
a gait belt or transfer belt with a metal buckle (It is suggested you get one to practice with at home. You will not be bringing it to the college or taking it to the nursing homes)
PLEASE WAIT TO GET YOUR UNIFORM UNTIL DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE REGARDING CLINICALS:
uniform which consists of white scrub top or collared white shirt; blue (cobalt, royal, NOT NAVY) or white pants White or black shoes
This syllabus is for the students in the CE section NURA 1001 4003 also.
ALL CLASS MEETINGS ARE PLANNED "IN PERSON" on CAMPUS. Classes might be offered in Google Meet depending on the COVID situation. That final decision has not been made at this time. All skills classes must be attended in person.
CLASS ARE SCHEDULED FROM 8:30PM - 12:30PM MONDAY - THURSDAY for 7 WEEKS. The start date on this class was pushed back from 8/19 to 8/26 to ensure enrollment. Your schedule may reflect class is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. HOWEVER, with the change in the start date this class will meet every Monday through Thursday.
PLEASE NOTE: Social distancing will not be possible during skills practices. Frequent handwashing or use of alcohol-based hand gel will be necessary. As well as the beds and equipment will be disinfected between students. Masks are strongly encouraged.
SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS, INSTRUCTOR, and RESIDENTS IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptoms. Another concern with safety is proper knowledge and use of Body Mechanics and other safety precautions. Students showing any lack of safety awareness will first be counseled. It is possible that a student might be sent home if they can not maintain adequate safety awareness for both themself or their partner.
All assignments must be done on Blackboard. A computer with DEPENDABLE internet access is necessary. Assignments may be done in the ACcess Lab on campus if student does not have access at home. However, if the need arises to return to remote learning for any reason, an updated computer with camera and microphone will be necessary.
LATE POLICY ON ASSIGNMENTS: The due date for all assignments is clearly posted in BlackBoard. (Students will have access to an assignment tracking form in Google Drive also) With any assignment submitted after the due date, there will be a deduction of 15 points. If that assignment is not turned in within 72 hours from the due date, the grade will become a "0".
A grade of 75% or above is required on quizzes. If that grade is not obtained by the due date, mandatory support hours will be assigned. Quizzes may be taken as many times as desired. As of Spring 2021, access to the next quiz will not be allowed if you have not made at least a 75% on the previous quizzes.
MANDATORY SUPPORT HOURS WILL BE ASSIGNED FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE AT RISK FOR NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL (as per the College's Tutoring for Success Program). Mandatory Support means spending a designated amount of time (outside of class time) some agreed upon location. These sessions may or may not be with a Supplemental Instructor. Mandatory Support time will be assigned according to 1) CASAS scores, 2) weekly quiz grades under 75% by the due date (after reading the chapter and hearing the lecture), 3) no computer or internet at home, or 4) other instructor referrals.
If you are assigned Mandatory Support, you will be asked to keep a separate sign-in sheet for documentation of your hours. That sign-in sheet will be given to you when Mandatory Support is assigned. You are responsible for keeping record of the time you spend in order to get credit earned.
An overall grade of a minimum of 70% in the lecture course, AND successful presentation of pre-clinical skills competencies, AND successful completion of the CPR course is required to continue on to the Clinical section.
In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .
If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".
Because these are college courses preparing the student for a professional position in the medical field, our policies reflect very stringent expectations.
1.Adherence to the dress code
2.Advanced preparation for class
3.Completion of all assignments on time
4.Participation in class
6.Not disrupting the class
7.Being on time for class and clinical
8.No cell phones in class or clinical
9.Being respectful to instructors and fellow students
10.Paying attention in class
Be familiar with the Professional Boundaries set by the nursing industry.
Remember you are representing Amarillo College. It is required that you maintain a professional appearance and demeanor in order to reflect a positive image of yourself and the college.
Classroom: Casual but Professional
IDENTIFICATION BADGES: Students are asked to get a Clinical badge from Student Services in the West Campus Lecture Hall. (The clinical badge is different than a student ID.) Please wait until after class on Wednesday, 9/01 to attempt to get one. There will be a $2.00 fee for this badge. After obtaining the badge, students are asked to begin wearing them to class each day. Badges need to be above the waist, with the picture facing out. Every student is expected to have their badge by the skills day on Thursday, 9/16. And, as stated before, should wear it to class every day.
SMOKING POLICY -- Smoking of any tobacco products and the use of electronic or vapor smoking devices are prohibited on all Amarillo College property and in buildings and facilities on all campuses and locations, including parking areas, green spaces, and walkways. The use of tobacco products which are smokeless and vaporless is prohibited inside any College building. This policy does not apply to East Campus Housing. No chewing tobacco allowed in classroom or clinical sites. (Effective August 1, 2016)
CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones should NOT be seen or heard in the classroom or skills area.
If cell phone is seen or heard in the classroom, you will be asked to leave, and will be given an Unexcused Absence for the class.
Cell phones may NOT be used as a timing device.
Due to responsibilities, these cell phone rules do not apply to instructors.
PHOTOS OR VIDEOS
Photos and recordings should never be taken in class or at clinicals. Do not post pictures, voice recordings, or any information or comments about patients, residents, instructors or other students on any social media site. Be familiar with guidelines regarding Social Media that have been set by the nursing industry. https://www.ncsbn.org/NCSBN_SocialMedia.pdf
DRUGS AND/OR ALCOHOL
Alcoholic beverages and illicit/illegal drugs are NOT permitted on Amarillo College property or at the clinical facilities. Any student caught in possession of alcohol and/or drugs will be reported to the campus police and dropped from the class with a “U” and without a refund. Students cannot have impaired behavior as a result of illicit drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, or OTC (over-the-counter) drugs. This behavior will NOT be tolerated.
LECTURE OVERALL GRADING WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
A grade of 75% must be obtained on quizzes by the due date. If that does not happen, students do not have access to the next quiz. And are expected to attend Mandatory Tutoring.
Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. No make-up classes will be provided. You can miss only 2 lecture classes, and one clinical shift (clinical time must be made-up). More than 3 absences may be grounds for failure of the course.
Students will sign in and out at each class session. It is important that you remember to do this daily and do it correctly for your attendance to be counted. The state certifying board requires the student to attend a certain number of hours in both the classroom and clinical facilities to qualify to take the state exam. Amarillo Colleges used sign-ins to track number of hours spent in the classroom. Failure to sign in or out could be counted as an absence.
All absences should be excused. In order for an absence to be excused, students should call/text the instructor BEFORE absences. (Notification after an absence may be considered in emergency situations.) Only 1 unexcused absence will be allowed. More than one no call/no show could result in failure of the course. You are responsible for any material you miss during an absence. Absences will be handled on an individual basis.
Students must be ON TIME to class, and must return from scheduled breaks at the designated time. Excessive tardiness may be grounds for failure of the course. ON TIME means signed in, and at your desk ready to begin class at 8:30am or when class resumes following breaks.
Your instructor has the right at any time to ask you to leave class; if this occurs you will be counted as ABSENT for the day.
The following is the rubric for the Attendance grade in the lecture portion of the course:
All students will start with an attendance grade of 100. The following deductions will occur:
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE: There are certain topics the State of Texas deems as required. What that means is if the need arises to you to miss a required lecture (or even part of the required lecture), you will be expected to talk with Michele to schedule a time to attend a make-up lecture section. A student is not allowed to miss ANY of the following lectures. Please be sure to contact Michele Rupe within 48 hours after an absence to schedule a make-up session.
These required lectures are the ONLY lectures that will be "made up". If you miss a lecture due to an absence that is not on this required list, it can not be made up.
FALL 2021 Course Calendar
AM CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
You will be provided with a calendar the first day of class that contains the schedule and reading assignments. This schedule is subject to change depending on the flow of the class.
THE ABOVE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
ASSIGNMENTS: (all due by the end of the day -- 1159PM) (This does not include all assignments)
CHAIN OF COMMAND/GRIEVANCE PROCESS
Following the Chain of Command is required of any healthcare worker, and will be practiced in Amarillo College courses. Should a problem arise during a class period, please follow this order; do not move to the next level unless you are unable to receive satisfactory results from your private discussion.
You are asked to contact instructors (with texts or calls) between 7:30am and 10:00pm. Emergency situation will not apply. (If these hours are not convenient for you, please talk with Michele Rupe)
ACconnect and Blackboard
This course requires that the student be able to complete some components (assignments, journals, quizzes and tests) in ACconnect/Blackboard. Computer access and time spent on assignments are essential for your successful completion of each course. Mandatory support hours outside of class time will be assigned according to #1 Pre-TABE scores, #2 personal computer with internet access, and #3 individual scores on each weekly reading check quizzes. There are computer labs available to you on the West Campus in Building D, and at the Lynn Library on the Washington Street Campus. Computer time is also available at the public libraries in one hour increments.
Supplemental study materials and assistance are available for all students, as well as support for some personal needs. Again, extra mandatory time will be assigned based on instructor recommendation and individual need. Times will vary from 90 minutes once up to 5 hours a week/1 hour daily.
This extra time is to help ensure student success in this fast paced-course.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION PROVIDER BLS (CPR) CERTIFICATION:
All students will need to be certified in CPR prior to the clinical section (October 15). There is a class offered to you as part of the lecture course. It is scheduled Friday, 10/01. This class will meet in WCA 109. The session begins at 8:30am. You are asked to arrive early to fill out paperwork prior to the class beginning. This course is scheduled until 3:30pm. (It often does not take that long, but just in case you must make arrangements to be in attendance until the class is completed. Dress comfortably as you will be down in the floor with a mannequin practicing compressions. (If you are not able to get down on the floor, talk with Michele BEFORE the CPR course.)
Amarillo College will cancel classes if the Amarillo Independent School district decides to cancel classes. If classes are not canceled, but you do not feel safe driving to class, contact Melanie Blevins or Michele Rupe.
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