Nursing in Health and Illness II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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M-F: 8:30-3:30 (except when in class or clinical)

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VNSG-1409-001 Nursing in Health and Illness II


Prequisites: BIOL 2401, HITT 1305, VNSG 1423, VNSG 1400, VNSG 1231, VNSG 1227, VNSG 1304, VNSG 1136, VNSG 1138 and VNSG 1260 Corequisites: VNSG 1230, VNSG 2160, VNSG 1234, VNSG 2161, VNSG 1361, VNSG 1410 and VNSG 2163

Course Description

Introduction to common health problems of the adult requiring medical and surgical interventions.

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(4 sem hr; 3 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



Timby, B. K., & Smith, N. E. (2018). Introductory medical-surgical nursing (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.


Course Manual for VNSG 1409


Supplies obtained in Level 1

Student Performance



1.       Adaptation

2.        Basic Human Needs

3.       Communication

4.       Critical Thinking

5.       Cultural Diversity

6.       Developmental Life Continuum

7.       Health Maintenance

8.       Health Promotion

9.       Health Restoration

10.     Research

11.     Resource Management

12.     Skill Acquisition



  1. Identifies the concepts and principles from the biological, psychological and sociocultural sciences necessary to provide nursing care throughout the life span.
  2. Utilize the nursing process to develop nursing care plans for patients experiencing alterations in cardiac output/tissue perfusion, alterations in hormonal balance, alterations in nutrition, alterations in elimination, sensory/perceptual alterations, and alterations in gas exchange.
  3. Define illness as a situational crisis.
  4. Describe how interpersonal relationships in nursing support the concepts of rehabilitation.
  5. Identifies standards and goals necessary for the practice of vocational nursing.
  6. Identifies, legal implications involved in the practice of vocational nursing.
  7. Identifies, with guidance, own personal strengths and areas for improvement.
  8. Identifies aspects of ethical nursing practice.
  9. Identify pharmacological concepts as they pertain to disease processes to include actions, dosages, side effects and patient teaching.


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Behavioral Expectations

Students are expected to come to class prepared for discussion, case studies, simulation or lecture. Students who have not followed the directions for class preparation will be sent to the NRC to fulfill the class assignment. Students who are sent to the NRC will receive an absence for the day.


Student behavior should not be distracting to other students. Please turn off your cell phones before class starts and leave them off. Because these devices are disruptive, do not answer the phone or text during class. Should there be a family situation, which requires your attention, please inform your instructor before class. You may not record class with audio or video recording equipment without permission; if permission is granted, you agree to only use said recordings for your own personal educational purposes and will not reproduce, distribute or publicly post the recordings without your instructors permission.


Minor children and pets are not permitted to remain unattended on campus or to attend classes with students per the AC student handbook.

Each student will adhere to the Student Handbook Policies and Procedures, The Amarillo College VN Honor Code Policy, Social Networking Policy, and all agency policies including HIPPA. Any violation of these policies and procedures may result in failure of the course and possible dismissal from the program.

Grading Criteria



  • A=90-100      
  • B=80-89
  • C=75-79
  • D=60-74
  • F=Below 60


A final grade of 75 is required to pass the course. The following will be used to determine your grade:

Exams: 67.5% (Respiratory, Neuro, Endocrine)

Assignments: 5%

Management ATI: 5%

Final comprehensive: 22.5%


It is required that a student who fails an exam make an appointment with the instructor to review the exam and spends at least one hour in tutoring. 



Tests are computerized and will be taken in the nursing testing center and are multiple choice questions. Cell phones and smart watches are not allowed in the testing center. If the exam is missed, the student must schedule the exam with the instructor and it must be done within one week of the scheduled exam. Make-up tests may be essay/short answer questions. Make-up exams may result in a deduction of 10 points (this will be at the discretion of the instructor). Failure to notify instructor of a missed exam may result in a grade of 0 for that exam. PrepU and assigned ATI must be complete by the exam date or you will receive a 10 point deduction and an alternate exam may be given. For those who do not have PrepU mastered before the exam, you will have 24 hours to master the chapters required and you will receive a 10 point deduction on that exam. Failure to master chapters in PrepU can result in course failure.




Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement and mandated hours are required by the Texas State Board of Nursing.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class.  90% attendance of classroom lecture is required. Classroom content is 48 hours which will only allow a student to miss 4.8 hours of classroom content. Attendance contracts will be given to students who miss class. If more than 4.8 hours of classroom content is missed, students will receive a deduction of 5 points on the upcoming exam and potential failure for the course.


LAB TIME: You will be required to have 64 hours of lab time. Lab time will consist of PrepU and ATI time only.


Class schedule is provided on the first day of class and can be found posted in Blackboard.

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Syllabus Created on:

08/19/21 12:38 PM

Last Edited on:

08/19/21 12:38 PM