Clinical-Concepts of Clinical Decision Making II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RNSG-2261-001 Clinical-Concepts of Clinical Decision Making II


Corequisite: RNSG 1248

Course Description

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts to clients on medical surgical units. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

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:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

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.


(2 sem hrs; 6 clinical)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


Required Textbooks:

  1. Smeltzer & Bare: Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. J.B. Lippincott, 14th edition, 2016 
    • *ISBN#: 9781496355157
  2. The Point (2019) DocuCare retrieved from http:/
  3. The Point (2019 Course Point Plus retrieved from


Computer Requirements:

Clinical requirement- Mobile Device with Webcam, Maximum size 10 inch





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 Player

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


Additional Clinical Supplies:

  1. A portable electronic device that meets the computer requirements outlined above
  2. Reliable internet access to use on-site during the clinical time for course activities and assignments (AC & facility guest WiFi).
  3. Reliable internet access to use off-campus outside of class time for course activities, assignments, and studying.
  4. Clinical Uniform as outlined by the ADN Student Dress Code (see student handbook)
  5. Stethoscope, penlight, scissors, and a watch with a second-hand function
  6. Notebook paper, or small pocket notebook, and a clipboard or two-pocket folder
  7. Writing utensils - pencil with eraser, pen (black) highlighter (yellow), and a dry-erase marker (black)

Student Performance



Upon course completion of RNSG 2261 Clinical – Concepts of Clinical Decision Making II, 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 the 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:

  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the Role of Patient Safety Advocate:

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

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

In the Role of Member of the Healthcare Team:

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

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

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

  4. 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

Behavioral Expectations and Clinical Ground Rules:

  1. Students are full partners in fostering a clinical environment that 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 may result in a request from the instructor for the offending student to leave the class/clinical.
  2. See Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook, Professional, American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, and Amarillo College Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria/Grading Scale:

The following criteria will be used to determine the course grade:

  •  A=90-100
  • B=80-89.9
  • C=75-79.9
  •  D=60-74.9
  • F=below 60

There will be no rounding of grades. For example, a 79.6 is a "C" and will not be rounded to an "80" or "B".

  1. 100% of the clinical grade is determined by the performance of clinical competencies on the Clinical Performance Evaluation of Competencies (CPEC).
  2. Competencies will be assigned a “4”, “3”, “2”, “1”, or “0”. A score of “0” in one or more competencies will result in clinical failure.

Assignments and Clinical Competencies:

  1. Clinical Orientation
  2. Clinical Simulation
  3. Dosage and Solution Exam
  4. Pre-Clinical Assignment
  5. Patient Care Plan Assignments
  6. Clinical Project Assignment
  7. Intravenous Push Competency
  8. Physical Assessment Competency

Additional Assignment and Clinical Competencies Information:

  1. Students must attend, participate, and successfully complete the clinical dosage and solution exam, clinical orientation, clinical simulation, clinical facility experiences, and clinical assignments to meet course requirements to successfully pass the course.
  2. Due dates of assignments and clinical competencies will vary depending on the clinical rotation the student is assigned to.  The student clinical rotation schedule will be provided by the end of week two. 
  3. Additional details for due dates and times of assignments and clinical competencies for clinical rotations are provided in the Blackboard course and/or by the instructor by verbal and/or written communication.  

Late Assignments:

  1. Late assignments will result in grade reduction and will be reflected in the overall clinical grade on the CPEC.  
  2. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with the instructor if the student is unable to complete the assignment by the verbal or written due date and time.


Attendance Policy:

  1. Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend clinical. Students must attend 100% of the clinical days. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis; however, 100% of clinical hours must be completed to successfully pass the course.  
  2. It is the student's responsibility to verbally communicate with the instructor if the student will be late or absent from any clinical experience.  Failure to contact the instructor will result in a clinical warning (see clinical warning policy). Multiple attendance infractions may result in the student's inability to successfully complete the course. 


Course Schedule:

See course calendar and clinical schedule for dates and times.

  1. Clinical Orientation is a course requirement (1 clinical day).
  2. Clinical Simulation is a course requirement (1 clinical day).
  3. Clinical Facility rotations will be conducted on Thursday and Friday from 0630-1600 (6 clinical days). 

*Students must pass the Dosage and Solution Exam to participate in clinical facility experience.  (See calendar for date and time.)*

Additional Information

Academic Grievances:

A student who has a grievance concerning an academic course in which he or she is enrolled should utilize the chain of communication in the following order:

  1. Assigned Clinical Instructor: See the clinical schedule and assigned clinical instructor for additional contact information
  2. Instructor: Rebecca Matthews (806) 354-6018 (Preferred Method of Contact: Remind)
  3. Associate Degree Nursing Assistant Program Director/Coordinator: Teresa Herrera (806) 467-3002
  4. Associate Degree Nursing Program Director: Dr. Liz Matos (806) 354-6010
  5. Associate Dean of Health Sciences: Kim Boyd (806) 354-6060
  6. Dean of Health Sciences:  Kim Crowley (80354-6087
  7. Associate VP of Academic Affairs:  Becky Burton (806) 371-5122
  8. VP of Academic Affairs:  Dr. Tamara Clunis (806) 371-5226

Syllabus Created on:

12/20/21 9:51 AM

Last Edited on:

01/13/22 8:16 PM