Nursing in Health and Illness I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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VNSG-1400-001 Nursing in Health and Illness I


Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 and HITT 1305 Corequisites: VNSG 1136, VNSG 1138, VNSG 1304, VNSG 1227, VNSG 1231, VNSG 1260 and VNSG 1423

Course Description

Introduction to general principles of growth and development, primary health care needs of the client across the life span and therapeutic nursing interventions.

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(4 sem hr; 3 lec, 4 lab)

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Fundamental Skills and Concepts in Patient Care,  12th ed., Timby, Barbara K., Lippincott-Raven

 Introductory Medical Surgical Nursing 12th ed., Timby & Smith, Lippincott, 



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Introduction to general principles of growth and development, primary health care needs of the client across the life span, and therapeutic nursing interventions.  Identify roles, legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of a vocational nurse.  Clinical experiences occur in acute, long term, and community agencies.  (4 sem hrs; 3 lec 4 lab)




1.         Demonstrate understanding of the Nursing Process and its implications to nursing care.

2.         Discuss health and illness of patients and families across the lifespan and learn to advocate for those patients.

3.         Utilize clinical reasoning skills to assess signs and symptoms of disease processes, health maintenance, health promotion, and health restoration of patients and their families.

4.         Utilize the nursing process to discuss nursing care plans for patients experiencing diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiac disorders, infections, HIV and AIDS, cancer, sensory disorders, and disorders of the skin.

5.         Implement skills and basic care principles based on evidenced based practice standards as they apply to the disease process.

              6.          Identify principles of care for the peri-operative patient.

7.        Develop effective communication skills with patients, families and the interdisciplinary team.

8.         Implement aspects of care related to pharmacotherapeutic agents.

9.         Discuss current use of technology and informatics used to document disease processes and patient care.

10.       Discuss fiscal responsibility and its impact on patients and families.



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Expected Student Behavior

Adult and professional behavior is expected in the classroom.  Cell phones and audible pagers should be set to 'vibrate' and should not be answered during class.  Text messaging is not permitted during class time.  Students will not be allowed to use recording devices of any kind in the classroom - including tape recorders and /or video cameras.

Guidelines for receiving EMERGENCY calls will be given the first day of class.

Grading Criteria

The following criteria will be used to determine your grade:

1.         Must have a 75 average to pass the course.

2.         There will be 6 unit exams which will count as 80%, 1 Final Exam as 20% of Final Grade.



Tests are computerized and will be multiple choice questions.  Make-up tests may be essay/short answer questions and must be taken within one week of the scheduled test.  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.

Tutoring - Students who do not achieve a minimum passing score of at least 75% on a unit and/or module exam are required to meet with the instructor and/or tutor prior to the next scheduled exam. The purpose of this requirement is to help students improve in their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills and in test-taking techniques. The course syllabus and course student contract include this requirement. Students who do not complete required tutoring may receive a deduction in points on that exam. 


90% attendance in class is required to pass the course.


Week 1 Diabetes
Week 2 Diabetes
Week 3 Cardiac
Week 4 Cardiac
Week 5 Musculoskeletal
Week 6 Musculosketeal
Week 7 Pre Post Op
Week 8 Sensory
Week 9 Infectious Disease/HIV
Week 10 Cancer

Calendar tenative and subject to change.

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Syllabus Created on:

01/20/22 1:40 PM

Last Edited on:

01/20/22 1:41 PM