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Course Information
Semester Spring 2012
Requirements for Onsite Attendance Other than Testing Yes
Explanation of onsite attendance This is only the didactic portion of the ?nursing refresher? course. Students must complete a clinical preceptorship (BNE now requires 80 hours, that can be made up of both lab and clinical hours) in their local community, coordinated by the host community college, to complete the entire "nursing refresher" course meeting the BNE's requirements. 
CEU's 12.8 
Special Software/Hardware Requirements 300 MHz Pentium II processor
64 MB RAM
Internet connection: 56K modem
Audio sound card/external speakers
Video card (2 MB)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 or later or Netscape 6.2
RealOne Player Plugin
Adobe Reader Plugin
Macromedia Flash Player Plugin
QuickTime Player Plugin
Shockwave Plugin
Microsoft Windows Media Player 
Computer Connection Level 2 (Explanation of Computer Connection Level)
Course Web Address (URL) http://nurserefresher.austincc.edu 
Start Date 04/23/2012
End Date 08/13/2012
Last Date to Register 04/18/2012
Course Prerequisites Current or temporary TX RN License. The student must contact the BNE to obtain a temporary license if their license is not current, in order to complete the preceptorship requirement in their local area. Current immunizations, CPR and other requirements 
Tuition/Fees 475.00
CE Course Description & Features
Description Austin Community College, Health Professions Institute
5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752

Course Syllabus
RNSG 1006/VNSG 2033: Re-Entry Nursing Update
128 hours (104 didactic, 16 - 24 optional skill lab)

Description: Current nursing practice as related to the clinical area of medical-surgical nursing care. Designed for inactive nurses (RN and LVN) returning to active practice. The focus of the
course is to expand the nurse�s knowledge, skills and attitudes by applying information related to new technology, equipment, current nursing trends, and legalities to previously acquired formal
education and skills competency. Rationale : This course is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses who have been out of
the clinical setting for some time and desire to re-enter the workplace and as part of the Board�s requirement for reinstatement of licensure (required to complete a refresher course). Content is
based on the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) recommendations for �nursing refresher� courses.

Prerequisites: Students in this course must hold a current or pending renewal nursing (RN/LVN)license. Current enrollment in RNSG 1060/VNSG 1060 Clinical � Nursing � RN/LVN Training is required for successful completion of this course.

WECM Learning Outcomes: Summarize the Nursing Practice Act of Texas; differentiate and support holistic nursing care for clients and families utilizing appropriate nursing knowledge, experience, and legal/ethical standards of care; compare and contrast the different roles of professional nurse and their contributions to the profession; and utilize critical thinking principles to develop a holistic plan of care for clients with health care needs.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course the student will meet minimum educational preparation for re-entry into the practice of nursing which is consistent with the standards and protocols outlined in the nursing literature. Specifically, the student will be able to:
1. Utilize the nursing process to provide individualized nursing care to persons experiencing a functional deficit which compromises their ability to perform required activities of daily living.
2. Establish priorities in the delivery of individualized nursing care.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and safe appropriate administration of pharmacological agents.
4. Utilize the communication process as a major nursing action with all members of the healthcare team, including appropriate patient documentation.
5. Integrate teaching/learning into the nursing process to promote individualized nursing care.
6. Demonstrate utilization of additional learning resources to maintain personal and professional growth.
7. Demonstrate the application of legal/ethical principles of nursing practice.

Course Overview: This self-paced course consists of a total of 8 units and within each unit are topical modules. The course must be completed within 16 weeks of registration. Students will 2
begin with Unit 1 and proceed through each unit in numerical order. Each unit must be completed before moving on to the next.

Orientation
Unit 1- Professional Nursing Practice
Unit 2- Pharmacology Review
Unit 3- Systems Review
Unit 4- Care of the Client
Unit 5- IV Therapy
Unit 6- Communication and Documentation
Unit 7- Care of the Terminally Ill

Required Materials:

Texts:

Medical-Surgical Nursing Critical Thinking in Client Care (4th edition)
Priscilla LeMone and Karen Burke
Pearson/Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 9780131713086
ISBN-10: 0131713086

Pharmacology A Nursing Process Approach (6th edition)
Kee, Hayes, McCuistion
Saunders
ISBN: 978-1-4160-4663-9

Clinical Nursing Skills Basic to Advanced Skills (7th edition)
Smith, Duell, Martin
Pearson/Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 9780132243551
ISBN-10: 0132243555


Computer Requirements:
PC Windows
Minimum: 300 MHz Pentium II processor
64 MB RAM
Internet connection: 56K modem
Audio sound card/external speakers
Video card (2 MB)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 or later or Netscape 6.2
RealOne Player Plugin
Adobe Reader Plugin
Macromedia Flash Player Plugin
QuickTime Player Plugin
Shockwave Plugin
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Recommended: 600 MHz processor
128 MB RAM
High speed Internet connection (cable modem or DSL)
Audio sound card/external speakers
Video card (4 MB)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
RealOne Player Plugin
Adobe Reader Plugin
Macromedia Flash Player Plugin
QuickTime Player Plugin
Shockwave Plugin
Microsoft Windows Media Player

NOTE: This course features streaming video. A high-speed Internet connection, such as DSL or cable modem is recommended for watching streaming video. Streaming video may be viewed over a 56K modem connection however, the video quality will be noticeably lower and the window during playback will generally be smaller. This frequently reduces the watchability of the content. If a student does not have a high speed Internet connection and is having difficulty viewing the streaming video within the course, a CD-Rom with the same video will be provided to the student.

Method of Instruction: The primary components of the program will be disseminated on-line via the World Wide Web utilizing a variety of delivery media formats including streaming video, on-line testing, on-line activities, on-line student discussion forums, and links to other resource material on the World Wide Web. Students will have access to an instructor and other students via email and on-line discussion boards.

Evaluation: The student�s successful completion will be determined by a grade of 80 points or more on the unit post-tests and the medication dosage calculation examination and active participation in all assigned on-line activities including discussion forums.

Determination of Final Grade : Student�s will receive either credit or non-credit for the entire course based on the successful completion of the activities described above. No partial credit will
be offered. An overall 80% performance in this course is considered successful completion.

Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion of all course requirements, the student will be given a certificate of completion as verification of receiving credit for this course. For
individuals who need this course as a requirement for receiving a permanent Texas nursing license to practice nursing, the college will send the required state form (provided by the student)
to the Texas Board of Nursing upon successful completion of the course.

NOTE: Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) cannot be awarded because this course is considered basic nursing by the Board of Nurse Examiners. Some CNE may be awarded for identified continuing education topics within the re-entry nursing update.

Course and Instructor Evaluations : Students will be asked to complete an on-line evaluation of both the course and the instructor.

Course Contacts:
Elizabeth Huss
ACC-Health Professions Institute
Highland Business Center- Room 401.5
5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, Texas 78752
eahuss@austincc.edu

Acknowledgements:
Syllabus developed by: Alyssa Monacelli, Project Coordinator for the Austin Community College, Health Professions Institute. This syllabus was developed under the auspices of the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Curriculum Development and funded by a Perkins grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Community and Technical College Division. This syllabus is recommended for use by community and technical colleges in Texas.

Authorizing Agency:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 1200 East Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752 (www.thecb.state.tx.us)

Funded by: Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act
Project Director: Kirk White RN, MSN, Austin Community College

Project Partners :
Collin County Community College District, Leslie Cannon
El Paso Community College, Marta de la Fuente
Midland College, Beverly Prichard
North Harris College, Vivian Lilly
STARLINK, Henry Hartman
Texas Hospital Association, Mitzi Ressmann
Coordinating Board Advisor, Donna Carlin
Texas State Leadership Consortium for Curriculum Development Mentor, Beverly Prichard

Non-exclusive copyright � 2004. Non-exclusive copyright is retained by the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Austin Community College. Permission to use or reproduce this document in whole or part is granted for not-for-profit educational and research purposes only. For any other use, please request permission in writing from the Health Professions Institute, Austin Community College, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.,
Austin, TX 78752. Phone: 512-223-7535. Fax: 512-223-7030. 
Features
  • assigned text book readings
  • Assignments
  • Chat room
  • Critical thinking activities
  • Group e-mail
  • Instructor virtual office hours
  • Interactive exercises
  • Online quizzes
  • Timed Pharmacology Exam
  • Video/animations
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    Teacher Information
    Name Elizabeth Huss, Coordinator 
    Email eahuss@austincc.edu 
    Phone 512-223-7271 
    Fax 512-223-7030 
    Instructional Materials
    Textbook Title: Clinical Nursing Skills Basic to Advanced Skills (7th edition)
    Author: Smith, Duell, Martin
    Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall
    ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780132243551; ISBN-10: 0132243555
     
    Textbook Title: Pharmacology A Nursing Process Approach (6th edition)
    Author: Kee, Hayes, McCuistion
    Publisher: Saunders
    ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-4160-4663-9
     
    Textbook Title: Medical-Surgical Nursing Critical Thinking in Client Care (4th edition)
    Author: Priscilla LeMone and Karen Burke
    Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall
    ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780131713086; ISBN-10: 0131713086
     
    Other Materials A supervised clinical experience (RNSG 1060 Clinical: Re-Entry Nursing Training) is required and can be taken the same semester through your host college (BNE now requires 80 hours, that can be made up of both skills lab and clinical hours). Additional skill lab hours are available at some host colleges. Visit http://nurserefresher.austincc.edu for more detailed information regarding this course/project. 

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