Degree Nursing (RN)
Theory Program Management Standards
It is the
program’s philosophy that learning is a shared responsibility; as a result, the
faculty has developed a planned course of study which requires the student to
attend all course sessions prepared for class. This preparation will require
the learner to commit adequate time to assigned learning activities, i.e.,
textbook and journal readings, video and film viewings, computer-assisted
instructional programs and clinical skills practice. In theory, the student’s
active participation though discussion, clarification, validation, critical
thinking, role playing, etc., in an interactive atmosphere will facilitate
should plan to spend three hours of study outside of class for each unit per
week. Therefore, in a seven unit theory course the student should expect to
spend 21 hours of study per week outside of classroom time. It is very
difficult to maintain full-time work while in the nursing program. It is
recommended that the student not jeopardize their health or their standing in
the program by maintaining full-time employment.
the student nurse is based upon theoretical knowledge and the application of
the knowledge and skills in the clinical setting. Since the student works in
critical life situations, their clinical performance must reflect safe and
competent nursing care of increasing complexity. Therefore, it is mandatory
that once enrolled in the program, the student must maintain continuous
satisfactory progress by demonstrating competence in both theory and clinical
components of all required courses with a grade of “C” or better. Failure to show competence and/or commission
of unsafe clinical practice in the clinical area constitutes a course failure
regardless of theory grade and results in removal from the program.
Proctorio is an
online exam proctoring system that is integrated into Canvas and can be enabled
for any test through Canvas. Shasta College utilizes Proctorio to ensure secure
testing. The system is installed into all computers on campus, including public
computers in the Learning Resource Center and computers in testing rooms. It is
the student’s responsibility to install the Proctorio extension on their
personal computers to meet all the requirements for any online exams.
supports secure testing and upholds Shasta College’s requirements for academic
honesty. Proctorio does not allow the student to go to other sites, use other
devices, or have multiple screens open while an online exam is in progress.
Suspicious behavior is recorded and automatically reported to the course
instructor through Canvas. (See Proctorio Policy)
(Dosage, Solutions, and Rate Calculations) will be performed in each semester
of the program. The student must meet each course’s requirement as follows:
- 100% in first semester
- 100% in second semester
- 100% in third semester
- 100% in fourth semester.
The student must pass by the third attempt.
If the student is not successful by the third attempt, an
Instructor-Initiated Drop/Withdrawal Procedure will be instituted and the
student will not be able to attend the clinical setting. It is the student’s
responsibility, per college policy, to complete the Drop Procedure through the
Admissions and Records office. All
nursing courses in the semester must be dropped.
Calculating Parenteral Medication
Administration Volumes Standards
Nursing 16, Calculate
with Confidence, 6th ed. 2014
Answers to medical calculations are written as decimal numbers, as
When calculating dosages for parenteral
mediations be sure to review the rounding guidelines for each specific care
Generally, volumes less than 1 mL are rounded to the hundredths place.
Volumes greater than 1 mL are rounded to the
to nearest hundredth:
to nearest tenth:
to nearest tenth:
to nearest hundredth:
(unchanged: already calculated to nearest hundredth)|
mL and 1 mL syringes are used for administering intramuscular and subcutaneous
medications. Occasionally an injection
will exceed 1 mL, in which case a 2 mL syringe would be appropriate. Syringes intended for injections are often
graduated in 0.1 mL or even 0.01 mL increments.
Always use the smallest syringe that will hold the entire amount of
medication in order to enhance accuracy when drawing up the medication. For example, when administering a volume of
0.75 mL choose a 1 mL syringe for a volume of 0.25 mL choose a 0.5 mL syringe.
Answers to medical calculations written as decimal numbers
Ø Answer of less than one must be preceded by
Correct: 0.5 Incorrect:
Ø Avoid trailing zeros. Do not use a 0 before
a whole number or at the end of an answer.
Correct: 5 Incorrect:
Correct: 1.25 Incorrect: 1.250
When converting pounds to kilograms, round to the nearest 0.1 (tenth)
Example: 54.54 kg rounds to 54.5 kg
Intravenous (IV) drip rates, drops and unit amounts.
Round IV drip rates, drops, and units to the nearest whole number.
Medication calculations involving tablets rounded to nearest one half tablet
Examples: If the answer is 0.4, give one half tablet
If the answer is 1.2 give one table
If the answer is 1.6 give one and one half tablet
If the answer is 1.8 give 2 tablets
(no more than 10% variation should exist
between dosage order and dosage administered)
papers are required to meet objectives in the ADN program. It is the student’s
responsibility to abide by the following requirements:
All patients will be Patient (i.e., Patient). Significant Other or SO
will be referred to by their relationship (i.e. Wife, Sister, Brother).
· Refer to staff or physician by title only (i.e. CNA, LVN, RN, or
MD). No names of cities or hospitals
should be used.
· Consider all information obtained as strictly confidential.
Confidentiality of patient information is a requirement and a major concern of
the Associate Degree Nursing program.
All potentially identifying information should be destroyed (notes,
rough drafts, etc). Please be sure that material given to typists is screened
ahead of time.
· Students will abide by the hospital policy and clinical instructor
directions regarding use of the hospital copy machine and patient information.
No portion of a patient’s chart or record may be copied.
· Patient assignment forms (whether instructor or hospital provided) are
to be destroyed prior to leaving the clinical area.
All identifying information (patient names, physicians, hospitals,
etc.) must be excluded from any information collected for written assignments
(patient education papers, nursing process papers, etc.).
No document with a patient name on it should leave the clinical
required format for each paper. Check the course information handout or the
associated unit of study for instructions. Formal papers have to be
typewritten. Reference and bibliography pages will be done according to the
American Psychological Association (APA) format.
There are two
methods for citing information taken from a reference source within the text.
The first method is to acknowledge the author in the text and place the year of
the publication in parentheses. The second method is to place both the author’s
last name and the year of publication in parentheses at the end of the source
The reference list is the last page of all formal papers, and is to be
the only item on that page. References are arranged by alphabetical order, with
two works by the same author then being arranged by secondary authors and then
if needed by date, with the most current work being listed first.
Burchum, J.R. , & Rosenthal, L.D. (2017). Lehne’s
pharmacology for nursing care. (9th ed.) St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
Lewis, S.M., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M.M., Harding, M.M., Kwong,
J., & Roberts, D. (2017). Medical surgical nursing: Assessment and
management of clinical problems. (10th ed.) St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
Woodruff, D. W. (2017). Slow the flow with proton pump inhibitors.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 3(2), 50-52.
For further reference examples in the APA
format, including in text citations, please refer to the Purdue Online Writing