Clinical-Transition to Professional Nursing Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RNSG-1261-001 Clinical-Transition to Professional Nursing


Corequisite: RNSG 1227

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

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



Smeltzer & Bare: Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. J.B. Lippincott, 14th edition, with Course point plus ISBN#  9781975124465

Lippincott Docucare 12 month Bookstore (ISBN 9781451176698)

Custom Package ISBN: 9780323864756

Ackley - Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 12e
Claywell - LPN to RN Transitions, 4e
Silvestri - Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination. 8e





Computer Requirements:

Clinical requirement- Mobile Device with Webcam, Preferred 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 

  • Electronic Device as stated above
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light

Student Performance

As outlined in the learning plan, the student will apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized material, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws and interaction within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

Provider of Care:
1. Demonstrate increasing confidence and knowledge to assist in the promotion,
maintenance and restoration of health for adult patients and their families experiencing advanced medical surgical health problems.
2. Apply previous knowledge and skills to provide culturally competent holistic patient-centered care to diverse populations within communities.
3. Prepare a plan of care and evaluate the patient’s response to nursing interventions utilizing a systematic process of problem solving.
4. Apply understanding of the bio-psychosocial and spiritual sources of human suffering when developing a plan of care for patients and families within communities.
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills and compassion when collaborating with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members.
6. Evaluate patient-centered data to identify short term teaching needs of the patient and family during the hospital stay and long-term after discharge.
7. Evaluate patient-centered data during the hospital stay to identify community resources that will help patients and families achieve restoration of health.
8. Demonstrate safe nursing skills in the care of patients and families according to standards of nursing practice.

Coordinator of Care:
9. Collaborate with patients and families and interdisciplinary team to provide holistic patient-centered care.
10. Integrate information systems and other technologies with clinical reasoning skills to provide holistic patient-centered care within safe environments.
11. Demonstrate the role of the professional nurse as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team in planning, implementing and evaluating holistic patient-centered care.
12. Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills including through the utilization of information systems (computers). 

Member of a Profession:
13. Incorporate a legal and ethical framework in caring for patients and families that embrace diversity and reflect a concern for the quality of life and human values and individual preferences.
14. Assume accountability and responsibility for nursing care through increasing knowledge, analysis of patient-centered data, evaluation of the patient’s response to nursing interventions and self-direction as an adult learner during a clinical day.
15. Correlate patient-centered data with evidence-based research to determine priority nursing interventions and identify opportunities to improve the quality of care for patients and families within communities with advanced medical surgical health problems.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

1. Students are full partners in fostering a classroom environment which is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, 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.
2. See Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook, Professional, American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, and Amarillo College Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Grading Criteria


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".
  • 100% of the clinical grade is determined by the performance of clinical competencies on the Clinical Performance Evaluation of Competencies (CPEC) with Intravenous Push Competency, Clinical Analysis Project, and graded Health Assessment. There will be no rounding of grades on the CPEC
  • 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.   Please see the CPEC  Guidelines in this course syllabus.
  • Students must attend and participate in all clinical simulation experiences


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.


Spring clinical rotations will be conducted on Thursday and Friday.  A simulation day will also be conducted.  A clinical rotation will begin at 0630 and end at 1630. See course calendar for specific dates

  • IV Therapy - Week 1
  • Docucare training/Pre-clinical - Week 1
  • IV skills performance - Week 2
  • Clinical rotations begin - Week 3

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

12/31/21 10:55 AM

Last Edited on:

12/31/21 10:58 AM