Intro to Nursing Concepts


  2. A. Course Title: Intro to Nursing Concepts
    B. Course Number: NU 113A - 30408
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T 8:30:00 AM - 11:30:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Rincones, Belinda
    G. Office: McLean Hall (MC) 129A
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2531
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 12:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:30:00 AM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 12:30:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:30:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    January 17-19
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Admission into the nursing program
    M. Corequisite(s): NU 114 Principles of Nursing Practice
    N. Class Location: MC136

    This course introduces the nursing student to the concepts of nursing practice and conceptual learning. Knowledge is integrated from pre-requisite and co-requisite courses into a conceptual learning model and applied to select nursing concepts. The student defines personal values, beliefs, and attitudes about health and wellness. This course provides opportunities for the student to describe the importance of identifying patient safety issues, the roles and values of the nurse and members of the health care team, and specific standards/regulations that apply to nursing practice. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: Admission into the nursing program. Corequisites: Principles of Nursing Practice, NU 114


    This course is transferrable to other New Mexico nursing programs utilizing the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC)statewide common curriculum. This course has no guarantee of transferability to another college or university that is not participating in NMNEC statewide common curriculum.



    *Required textbooks for Level 1 are available in the NMJC Bookstore as a bundle. Required item 14 is available in the bookstore and must be purchased separate from the bundle.

    Elsevier Bundle Package (for products #1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 12 listed below for NU113A and NU114) ISBN: 9780323559454

    Pearson Bundle Package (for products #3 & 13 listed below for NU113A and NU114) ISBN: 10-0134833570 or 13-9780134833576

    FA Davis Bundle Package (for products #5 & 11 listed below for NU113A and NU114) ISBN: 978-0-8036-7179-9

    1. Gray, Morris. Calculate with Confidence, 6th edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089319

    2. Leifer, Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, 7th edition. (2015) Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455770151

    3. Mike M Pearson Education. Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volumes I, II, and III, Plus MyNursingLab with Pearson e-Text – Access Card Package 2nd edition (2015).
    Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 13: 9780133937367

    4. Mosby, Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th edition. (2016) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323074032

    5. Myers, RNotes, Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide, 4th edition. (2014) F.A. Davis. ISBN: 9780803640245

    6. Pagana & Pagana, Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 5th edition. (2013) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089494.

    7. Potter, Perry, Stockert & Hall, Fundamentals of Nursing, 9th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323327404

    8. Silvestri & Silvestri, Saunders 2016-2017 Strategies for Test Success, 4th edition. (2015) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323296618

    9. Silvestri, NCLEX RN Comprehensive Review, 6th edition. (2013) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455727551

    10. SimChart and Simulated Learning System for RN 2.0 package (2 yr) (2015). Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455711734

    11. Vallerand, April H., & Sanoski, Cynthia A. Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses, 15th edition. (2016) ISBN: 13: 978-0-8036-5705-2

    12. Varcarolis, Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 2nd edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323287883

    13. Wilkinson, Judith M. Pearson Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 11th edition. (2017). ISBN: 13: 9780134337456

    14. Year 1, Levels 1 & 2 Red Skills Bag - Coursey



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Grading Scale Letter Grade
    90 – 100 A
    80 – 89 B
    77 – 79 C
    67 – 76 D
    0 – 66 F

    Course Grading Policy and Calculation of Course Grade:

    The first calculation is an average of the unit exam scores plus the final exam score. Each unit exam and the final exam score will be worth the same percentage in the average. An average score of 77% or higher is required.

    If an average score of 77% or higher is NOT earned on the unit exams scores plus the final exam score, other course grades will not be eligible for computation into a final grade and the student will earn a letter grade of D or F.

    If an average score of 77% or higher is earned on the unit exams score plus the final exam score, other course grades become eligible for computation into the final course average. The final course grade will be calculated utilizing the following criteria:

    Grade Components for NU113A and Grade % Distribution

    Examinations (60% of total grade)
    Unit Examination #1 15%
    Unit Examination #2 15%
    Unit Examination #3 15%
    Unit Examination #4 15%

    Final Examination (25% of total grade) 25%

    Group Concept Analysis Presentation (15% of total grade)
    Group Concept Analysis Presentation 15%

    Total 100%

    Calculation of Course Grade:

    Course Assignments

    An assignment is considered to be, but not limited to the following:

    • Exams, care plans, journals, standardized exams (ATIs, etc.), pass/fail assignments, quizzes, posters, presentations, laboratory skills assessments and projects.
    • All assignments must be completed and submitted by due date and time.
    • If an assignment(s) is not completed by the due date, a failing grade may be earned and the grade may result in the student failing the course.

    Graded Assignments

    Late assignments (graded):

    o A late assignment is any assignment submitted after the scheduled due date and time. For example, if an assignment is due by 5:00 pm on a certain day but turned in after 5:00pm on that date, the assignment will be considered one day late.
    o Ten (10) points will be deducted from a late assignment grade for each day the assignment is late.
    o After 10 consecutive days, the student will receive a grade of “0” for the assignment; however, all late assignments must be completed and submitted.
    o All late paper assignments must be clocked-in using the time clock in the Nursing Program Office and the clock stamp must be performed in the presence of a nursing program employee. If the assignment was to be turned in on canvas, you must email the assignment to your instructor and it will be timed and dated according to the time and date that the email was sent.
    o All late paper assignments must be initialed by a nursing program employee when turned in.
    o Paper assignments must be turned in during Nursing Program Office business hours.

    Pass/Fail Assignments

    The student must satisfactorily complete all pass/fail assignments and achieve at least the minimum passing score designated (if specified) for the assignment in order to pass the course. Failure to complete all assignments in the course could result in course failure.

    A pass/fail assignment is one in which the student is required to complete by the designated due date. Including Module Zero, which is to be completed by the due date, for every course, every semester, and no exceptions.

    For most pass/fail assignments, the assignment is considered “passed” once it is completed by the due date, no matter what score is achieved. Some pass/fail assignments may have a certain score that must be achieved by the due date in order to pass but does not count in the overall grade for the course (these pass/fail assignments will be specified in the syllabus).
    If the assignment is not completed by the due date, it is considered “failed” and the following consequences will be assigned to the student:

    1st missed assignment:

    o The student will be placed on an action plan by advisor and will be required to complete an alternate assignment by the specified time. This assignment will be related to the content of the assignment missed and may be in another format. If the alternate assignment is not completed by the specified time, it will count as the 2nd missed assignment (see below).

    2nd missed assignment:

    o Student will be placed on a learning contract by their advisor and will be required to write a paper on professionalism. A rubric and guidelines for the paper will be provided and must be followed. The learning contract will continue with the student throughout the remaining time in the nursing program.

    3rd missed assignment:

    o Student will be required to meet with the Administrative Nursing Review Committee to discuss the repetition of the unprofessional behavior. The student may earn a failing grade for the course and be unable to progress to the next level in the nursing program.

    Unit Examinations (60%)
    The student will be given proctored 50 question computer exams to assess mastery of content for multiple units. Unit exams will be based on theoretical material and application of practical skills. See course calendar for dates and times.

    If it is absolutely necessary to miss an exam, the student must notify faculty at least 2 hours prior to the exam. A makeup exam will be arranged and must be taken as soon as the student returns to class. The exam may be a different version or format.

    Unit Exam Review Process:

    •Unit exams may be reviewed by the student with his/her faculty advisor in the classroom. Classroom will be open at 1130 for exam review. The student must have the NMJC computer on and ready in Lockdown Browser by 1130. There will be no admittance for exam review after 1130. The exam review will be finished at 1215, no exceptions. Please see the dates for exam review on the calendar.

    •During the review if a student has a question about an exam item, the student may only write down the number of the question. If a student disagrees with a unit exam item, the student must submit his/her argument in writing with appropriate supporting documentation and page numbers from assigned readings. The faculty will then review the student’s documents and make a final decision regarding the exam item.

    •Arguments concerning unit exam items will not be accepted after one week from exam review, no exceptions permitted.

    Final Examination (25%)

    There will be a proctored computer comprehensive final exam consisting of 100 questions. It will not include questions from unit exams. See course calendar for date and time.

    Final Exam Review Process:

    •Final exam may be reviewed by the student with his/her faculty advisor in the classroom. Classroom will be open at 0900 for exam review. The student must have the NMJC computer on and ready in Lockdown Browser by 0900. There will be no admittance for exam review after 0900. The exam review will be finished at 1000, no exceptions. Please see the dates for exam review on the calendar.

    • During the review if a student has a question about an exam item, the student may only write down the number of the question. If a student disagrees with a final exam item, the student must submit his/her argument in writing with appropriate supporting documentation and page numbers from assigned readings. The faculty will then review the student’s documents and make a final decision regarding the exam item.

    •Arguments concerning final exam items will only be accepted until 1700 immediately following the assigned final exam review period, no exceptions permitted.

    Group concept analysis presentation (15%)
    A concept analysis is an exercise designed to familiarize the student with a concept. Students will create a PowerPoint presentation analyzing a concept. Group and concept assignments will be made on the first day of class and we will go over the rubric. Be creative and follow the rubric! You will have until November 27th to complete this assignment. Don't procrastinate!
    You will work in your assigned groups on your assigned concept. A group leader will be appointed by the instructor. It is the group’s responsibility to work out meeting times and assignments within the group. You will not have class time to work on your presentation. You will need to meet after class, at lunch, in open lab, etc. Each group member is expected to contribute equally to the presentation. Remember, you will be evaluating each other and it will affect your grade.
    Presentations must be submitted by the deadline by the group leader. We only want presentation submissions from the group leader. Each student in the group (including the leader) must upload their peer evaluations into this assignment by the deadline. The presentation and peer evaluations are due NOVEMBER 27th by 1159pm. Your group will present in class on November 28th. You must submit it by the deadline on the 27th or you will not receive credit, even if you present it on the 28th. No exceptions!!


    Exam scores will be posted to Canvas within 48 hours. Paper and presentation/project grades will require more time and grades will be posted within 10 class days of the assignment due date.

    Incomplete Grade
    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    Progression to Level II, Semester II of the Nursing Program

    The student must achieve a final course grade of 'C' (77%) or higher for NU103A, NU113A and NU114 to be eligible to progress to Level II, Semester II of the nursing program.

    General Course Assignment Policies
    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    Class and/or Laboratory Attendance and Tardy
    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    Examination Policies
    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    Student Advising and Portfolio
    - See Student Nurse Handbook


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Level One
    Upon successful completion of Level One, the student will:
    1. Recognize their own values, beliefs, and attitudes and related to health and wellness.
    2. Recognize and identify patient safety issues and risks.
    3. Introduce an evidence-based approach to their professional nursing practice across the lifespan.
    4. Identify policies and procedures application to nursing practice in the health care delivery system.
    5. Communicate to identify roles and values of the health care team.
    6. Access information and apply to patient scenarios.


    1. Integrate knowledge from nursing pre-and co-requisites into a conceptual learning model. L1.6
    2. Apply conceptual learning to select nursing concepts. L1.6
    3. Define personal values, beliefs, and attitudes about health and wellness. L1.1
    4. Describe importance of identifying patient safety issues. L1.2
    5. Describe roles and values of nursing and members of the health care team. L1.5
    6. Describe standards and regulations that apply to nursing practice. L1.4



    Fall 2015

    Syllabus Acknowledgment Form


    By affixing my signature to this memorandum, I hereby acknowledge that I have accessed and read the syllabus for the course.

    In addition, by affixing my signature below I agree with the following statements:

    ·         I fully understand the policies set forth in the syllabus.

    ·         I acknowledge and understand that my failure to abide by these policies may have significant academic consequences for which I am solely responsible.

    ·         I acknowledge and agree that the content described ion the syllabus can be changed at the discretion of the course instructor in order to meet the course objectives.

    My signature does not in any manner signify the waiver of any rights granted to me by the policies, rules, and regulations of New Mexico Junior College.




    Student Signature: _______________________________________

    Student Name (printed): __________________________________

    Date: _____________________




    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    See outline in Canvas for details.