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-1291-001 ST - Professional Nurse Assistant/Aide Skills
Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge's and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.
Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website
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.
(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)
On Campus Course
No additional textbook is needed.
However, it is recommended you bring your textbook to class with you.
Must have computer access with dependable internet service to complete assignments.
A blue or black ink pen (if you do not have one, you may borrow one)
A watch with a sweeping second hand (no digital or electronic watches/ no smart watches)
This syllabus is also for the Continuing Education course -- NURA 2005 4001
THE LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM DISPLAYED IN THIS SECOND PORTION OF THE COURSE HAS A HIGHER EXPECTATION LEVEL. THERE IS LITTLE TOLERANCE FOR SUCH BEHAVIORS AS: BEING TARDY, SIGNING IN OR OUT INCORRECTLY (using the wrong color ink or forgetting to sign out), HAVING CELL PHONE OUT IN THE CLASSROOM, OR ANY OF THE OTHER PROFESSIONALISM EXPECTATIONS LISTED IN THE EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR AREA.
The nature of the healthcare course clinical is such that students are involved in the direct delivery of patient care. The primary purpose of any course is to provide education for the students. However, when direct patient care is involved in the learning experience, the safety and well-being of patients are also of absolute concern.
If, in the instructor’s professional judgment, a student is unable to provide care to patients, and if this deficit is such that it cannot be remedied in the given clinical time, the student will be removed from the clinical setting, will receive an unsatisfactory grade and will not be recommended to take the certification exam(s)
THIS MEANS YOU MUST HAVE SAFETY AWARENESS FOR YOURSELF AND THE RESIDENT VOLUNTEERS YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH.
This course is designed to specifically focus on presentation of skills for the State Certification exam. The skill presentation might differ SLIGHTLY from the real-life skills taught in the lecture class. However, there is not much difference. Besides. that is one of the student goals, is to identify the differences. There will be an introduction to the Prometric skills and little information about the testing sessions before the first skills class meeting. At the end of the semester, there will be a more in-depth discussion of testing procedure and expectations.
There will be 4 skills days scheduled. Class will meet from 8:30am to 12:30pm in WCA 206. The Testing center in WCA 208 will be used for practicing skills. Due to the size of the class, there will be 10 or less students schedule for one skills session.
Each day will have a specific set of skills as the focus for practicing on that given day. Discussion will take place during each class. There will still be the skills checklists from Prometric and videos (YOU-TUBE) in BlackBoard you can preview before class.
Students will receive a Participation and Professionalism grade for each of the 4 skills classes.
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".
THIS SYLLABUS IS ALSO FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION STUDENTS ENROLLED IN NURA-2005-4001
General Guidelines for All Programs & Courses
Because these are college courses preparing the student for a professional position in the medical field, our policies reflect very stringent expectations.
CHAIN OF COMMAND
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.
Students will be expected to follow the Code of Student Conduct which can be found on Amarillo College’s website www.actx.edu. Instructors for this course have a hard copy of the Code of Student Conduct and a copy of the grievance procedures of Amarillo College. For information about these policies please go to the website or ask your instructors.
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. Effective August 1, 2016.
(The above policy does include chewing tobacco as well.)
Cell phones should NOT be seen or heard in the classroom or skills area.
If cell phone is seen or heard during a skills session (or 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.
THIS CELL PHONE POLICY WAS NOT STRICTLY ENFORCED DURING THE LECTURE SECTION. IT WILL BE IN THE CLINICAL AND SKILLS SECTIONS OF THIS COURSE. ANYONE CAUGHT USING THEIR CELL PHONE IN THE CLASSROOM OR THE SKILLS AREA WILL BE SENT HOME. (EVEN WHILE ON BREAK)
Due to responsibilities, these cell phone rules do not apply to instructors.
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 with alcohol and/or drugs or caught under the influence of such 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 prescription or OTC (over-the-counter) drugs. This behavior will NOT be tolerated.
Illness on Duty:
Students who become ill while on duty are to notify the instructor.
If illness is acute, the instructor will help make arrangements for the student to go home. You will not be allowed to attend clinicals if you are ill, coughing, have a runny nose, have any symptoms of illness including fever, or the instructor feels you are under the influence of any drug whether it be prescription, over-the-counter or illegal. Students must make up hours during scheduled clinical rotations.
WITH THE COVID SITUATION, IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS, OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO ANYONE WITH A POSITIVE OR PENDING TEST, PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
Accident or Injury on Duty:
In the event of an accident or injury on duty, contact your instructor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. An accident and/or incident report must be completed for any injuries incurred on agency property. You are encouraged to carry your own hospitalization insurance. Please see Waiver of Liability for more information.
GRADES FOR THE SKILLS REVIEW CLASS:
Project grades -- Presentation was graded by two or three instructors. All grades will be posted in the gradebook.
Professionalism and Participation -- This rubric is posted in the GRADING INFORMATION folder.. This rubric will include such things as timeliness of preparations, signing in and out for class properly, professionalism during the session, arrival time to the session and returning from break, etc.
Attendance -- The attendance policy has changed slightly because of the increased expectations and "on time" arrival being at least 5 minutes before the shift begins.
All students will start with a 100. The following deductions will occur:
SKILLS CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED 5:30PM TO 9:30PM
SKILLS DAY #1 WEDNESDAY, 7/20 or 7/27
- Indirect Care
- Counting Respirations
- Counting Pulse
- ROM shoulder
- Hand and Nail Care
- Foot Care
SKILLS DAY #2 MONDAY, 8/01 OR WEDNESDAY, 8/03
- ROM elbow & wrist
- Urine output
- Catheter care
- Bed pan
- ROM hip, knee, & ankle
SKILLS DAY #3 THURSDAY, 8/04 OR MONDAY, 8/08
- Pericare on Incontinent female
- Bed bath
SKILLS DAY #4 TUESDAY, 8/09 OR WEDNESDAY, 8/10
- Mouth Care
- Denture Care
- Occupied Bed Change
As was expressed in the Lecture section, communication -- EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, is of great importance and a concern with our current situation. Students are expected to check Announcements and emails at least every other day. Any changes that are necessary will be posted as an announcement. If the information is extremely important, you will receive a text. You are required to update the instructors with your newest phone number.
A personal email address is necessary for the registration process with Prometric. Your personal email address will be verified toward the end of the course.
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