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NUR 362 : Syllabus


Nursing 362 course focuses upon the scope of nursing practice, the concept of health and illness and essential nursing skills for assessment of wellness and maintenance of a healthy state. Essential nursing skills include, but are not limited to, therapeutic uses of the nursing process, nursing care plans, and basic/fundamental nursing assessments techniques and procedures. By the completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Administer safe, competent nursing care to individuals and their significant others who may demonstrate self care deficits while experiencing actual and potential physiological and psychological disturbance;
  2. Compute medication dosages for individuals throughout the life span with 100% accuracy;
  3. Use the nursing process as the organizing framework for the delivery of nursing care to individuals and the their significant others;
  4. Apply nursing, developmental, maturational, and needs theories when designing and implementing systems of nursing care for individuals and their significant others;
  5. Demonstrate use of knowledge from the natural, behavioral, and social science when designing and implementing systems of nursing care for individuals and their significant others.



  • American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Carpenitho-Moyet, L.J. (2004). Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice. (10th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  • Kee, J.L. & Marshall, S.M. (2004). Clinical Calculations with Applications to General and Specialty Areas. (5th ed.). St. Louis: Saunders.
  • Lehne, R.A. (2006). Pharmacology for Nursing Care. (6th ed.). St. Louis: Saunders.
  • Lewis, S.M., Heitkemper, M.M., & Dirksen, S.R. (2004). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Managemnet of Clinical Problems. (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Ochs, G. (2005). Study Guide and Skills Performance Checklists to Accompany Potter & Perry fundamentals of Nursing. (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Potter, P.A., & Perry, A.G. (2004). Fundamentals of Nursing. (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.


  • Anderson, D. (Ed.) (2002). Mosby's Medical Dictionary (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Gahart, B.L. & Nazareno, A.R. (2005). Intravenous Medications (21st ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby
  • Hogan, M.A. & Hill, K. (2004). Pathophysiology: Review & Rationales. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
  • Hogan, M.A. & Madayag, T. (2004). Medical-Surgical Nursing: Review & Rationales. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
  • Nugent, P. & Vitale, B. (2004). Test Success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis


    Unit test.......................................60%
    Final Examinati.on.........................25%

    Critical Behavior.....................................................P/F
    Pharmacology and Dosage Calculation Test..............S/U
    Nursing Process Paper.............................................P/F
    Health Teaching Paper.............................................P/F
    Sick Role Presentation..............................................P/F
    Clinical Practicum Examination..................................S/U

    A 98-100
    A- 95-97
    B+ 92-94
    B 89-91
    B- 86-88
    C+ 82-85
    C 78-81
    C- 74-77
    D+ 71-73
    D 68-70
    D- 64-67
    F 63 & Below

    An overall grade of 78 or higher is required to successfully complete NUR 362 and NUR 362L.  A grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail) will be awarded for NUR 362L.   
    A clinical nursing course is a course package, which comprises a theoretical (didactic) course with an accompanying clinical (laboratory and practicum) component.  A student must successfully complete both components of the course package to progress to the next clinical nursing course in the curriculum.


    1. Participate in all clinical laboratory sessions by preparing for each experience by following the format provided in the course outline, working to accomplish the clinical objectives for the day, and evaluating one's progress toward completion of the objectives;
    2. Participate in pre and post clinical conferences;
    3. Complete reading, audiovisual, self-study and computer-aided instruction assignments;
    4. Conduct health teaching session to a group of clients, according to specified criteria;
    5. Conduct health teaching session to group of clients, according to specified criteria;
    6. Complete a pharmacology test with 90% accuracy. The student may have one (1) repeat examination following tutoring. The testing must be completed prior to the start of clinical;
    7. Complete all assignments;
    8. Take all examinations and quizzes as scheduled;
    9. Note regarding Learning System- RN computer assignment: You are required to complete all learning system-RN (LS-RN) computer assignments by the assigned dates and turn them into the lecture instructor. Students must achieve a grade of 80% by the end of the semester to demonstrate competency of content. Failure to complete this assignment will result in the student receiving an "I" grade until the assignment is completed. Please be reminded that you cannot progress to the next nursing course with an incomplete grade in a previous nursing course.
    10. Complete the practicum examination according to specified criteria.



    • Lecture/Discussion
    • Demonstrations
    • Audio-Visual Aids
    • Blackboard
    • Skills Lab Practice Sessions
    • Small Group Activities
    • Role-play Activities
    • Interactive Technology
    • Clinical Preparation Guides
    • Computer Assisted Instruction
    • Pre and Post-Clinical Conferences
    • Selected Clinical Experiences


    Although use of a computer is not required for this course,basic computer literacy is necessary to log on to "Blackboard", and to the LS-RN sites.


    Attendance will be taken daily. Students are expected to attend class unless they have an official excuse. Students that have not attended class by the 3rd week of the semester will be dropped form the class roster.

    If a student is going to be absent for a test or examination he/she must notify the instructor within twenty-four (24) hours of the missed exam. (Refer to the Nursing Department Handbook, page 21). The student should plan to be tested upon his/her return to school or should make alternative arrangements for testing with the instructor. Failure to take the test per the above guidelines will result in the loss of five(5) points per day (excluding holidays) until arrangements to take the test are made.

    Students will not be allowed to any absences from the clinical area. If a student must be absent for illness or other unavoidable circumstances, that student may be required to make up the lost day at his/her own expense. Students with excessive absences from any clinical course may receive a falling grade,if the instructor determines that the absences have interfered with the student's completing the clinical objectives of the course. If a student is going to be late for clinical experience, he/she must notify the clinical instructor the night before.

    Clinical attendance is vital for successfully meeting the clinical objectives. Students are expected to be on time for all classes and clinical experiences.

    Class attendance is governed by the University's policy. " Not more than 20% of meetings (excused /or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. At the discretion of the instructor, a student whose absences exceed 20% of scheduled class meeting for the semester may receive a grade of "F" for the course. Norfolk State University Catalog, 2002-2004, pg. 25-26.


    This syllabus is not unchangeable contract but, instead an announcement of present course requirements and policies only. Implicit in each student's enrollment is an agreement to comply with the course requirements and policies, which the professor may modify to exercise properly his/her educational responsibility.
    An original and a copy of all written assignments are required and needs to be given to the instructor at the same time. Further, the copy of written assignments becomes the property of the Department of Nursing.


    Students should obtain and wear the specified school uniform or other appropriate attire at all times in the clinical area. Female students are allowed to wear one pair of small earrings, plain band ring, short nail with clear polish, (NO ARTIFICIAL and/or ACRYLIC NAILS). No perfume is allowed, no hair or body jewelry. Male students are not to wear earrings. All students must have their hair off the collar and all students must waver white nursing shoes (no tennis shoes) in the medical surgical clinical setting. (see Department Student Handbook 2002-2004, pg. 24)

    HONOR CODE: All students are expected to maintain high ethical and moral standards. A very important component of this is the Honor Code. All students are expected to support the following statement in written work, quizzes, and examinations.


    Students are required to secure liability insurance ($2,000,000/4,000,000) prior to their clinical experience.

    Evidence of good health as shown by a complete physical exam including PPD or chest x-ray as appropriate is required annually.  Rubella, meningitis, rubeola titer, and/or immunization are required.  A Varicella titer is required whether or not the student has had chicken pox.  A negative Varicella titer indicates that you are not immune and must receive the Varicella vaccine.  Tetanus booster should be administered every ten (10) years throughout the life span.

    American Heart Association (Provider) CPR certification (Basic Life Support) is required for all nursing students.  Attainment of certification is the student’s responsibility and must be renewed every two (2) years.

    Students are required to submit a Criminal Background Report for Combination Criminal History/Sex Offender Searches.

    Students will not be permitted to participate in clinical experience if any of the following are not documented in the student’s records: 1) all health requirements, 2) current CPR (Basic Life Support), 3) current malpractice insurance ($2,000,000/4,000,000) and 4) Criminal Background Report.

    A laboratory practicum is administered at the end of the medical/surgical course of study as outlined in this syllabus.  The laboratory practicum test technical skills and must be passed satisfactorily in order to receive a passing grade for the nursing lecture and laboratory course.

    Faculty will complete an incident report on all students whose practice in the clinical area is deemed unsafe.  The incident will be reviewed in a conference with the instructor, the student, and the course coordinator or the department head if necessary.  A copy of the report will be placed in the student’s permanent record.  Unsafe practice can result in dismissal from the nursing program. 

    In a conference with the instructor at the end of each clinical rotation the student is required to sign a clinical performance evaluation with the instructor.  Students are encouraged to write comments in the designated area of the evaluation.

    "On my honor, I do pledge to do work to the best of my ability with NO assistance on graded assignments or tests. I also pledge to report any breach of the honor code to the appropriate faculty member." University and departmental procedures are outlined in the University and Nursing Department Student Student handbook.

    All papers and written work are due by the assigned date and time. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

    REHABILITATION ACT: In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability please make contact with the Supporting students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.

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