Vocational Nursing
Classroom Management

The curriculum of the Vocational Nursing program is set up in individual study guide format. Throughout the three semesters, individual study guides serve as the learning package directing the student for learning activities. Each study guide contains the reading assignment, audiovisual or computer assignment, learning objectives, enrichment activities, and evaluation for each subject area identified. Students are expected to complete the reading assignment and view assigned materials enabling them to come to class prepared to discuss the learning objectives. A written test, and/or paper, test review will follow each study guide subject area.

A.  Attendance and participation: Each student is expected to attend and actively participate in all scheduled course activities in order to meet the learning objectives of the program. Students are expected to arrive at class on time. Your attendance is important as it is reported to the BVNPT as meeting the required hours for program completion.

B.  Written Papers: Assigned written papers are required to be in APA format and to meet objectives in the Vocational Nursing program. It is the student's responsibility to abide by the following requirements:

  1. Use the initials SC only when referring to patients, staff or physicians.
  2. Consider all information obtained as strictly confidential. Confidentiality of patient information is a requirement and a major concern of the Vocational Nursing program.
  3. Patient assignment forms (whether instructor or hospital provided) are to be destroyed prior to leaving the clinical area. All identifying information (patient names, physicians, etc.) must be excluded from any information collected for written assignments.
  4. Follow the required format for each paper. Check the Course Information handout. The American Psychological Association (APA) is the reference to be used to cite sources.
  5. Papers will be assigned during the semester. The total minimum passing score for the paper will be 78% of the total possible points. Letter grades are:

      A = 90-100%      B = 80-89%      C = 78-79%     F = Below 78%

  1. Grading criteria for papers will be:
    • Format as per study guide               =10% of designated points
    • Content Information                         = 90% of designated points
    • Neatness                                         = Returned to student for redo
    • Timeliness                                       = Refer to current Course Syllabus

Note: Any person found guilty of plagiarism will receive a grade of "F" for the course, which will result in dismissal from the program.

C.  Academic Honesty Policy and Examples (Refer to the Shasta College Catalog)

Academic dishonesty is the willful and intentional fraud and deception for the purpose of improving a grade or obtaining course credit, and includes all student behavior intended to gain or provide unearned academic advantage by fraudulent and/or deceptive means.

The student has the full responsibility for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted. Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving the rule or the consequences of that rule. Students unclear about a specific situation should ask their instructors, who will explain what is and is not acceptable in their classes. Violation of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

Specific examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

1.  Taking information

  • Copying graded homework assigned from another student.
  • Working together on a take-home test or homework when not specifically permitted by the instructor.
  • Looking at another student's paper during an examination.
  • Looking at text or notes during an examination when not specifically permitted by the instructor.
  • Accessing another student's computer and using his/her data as one's own.

2.  Providing information:

  • Giving one's work to another to be copied or used in an oral presentation.
  • Giving answers to another student during an examination.
  • After taking an examination, informing a student enrolled in a later course section of questions that appear on the examination.
  • Providing a term paper to another student.
  • Taking an examination, writing a paper, or creating computer data or artistic work for another.

3.  Plagiarism

  • Failing to give credit for ideas, statement of facts, or conclusions derived by another author.  Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or a part thereof.
  • Submitting a paper purchased from a "research" or term paper service.
  • Copying another person's assignment and handing it in as one's own.
  • Giving a speech or oral presentation written by another and claiming it as one's own work.
  • Claiming credit for artistic work done by someone else, such as a music composition, photos, a painting, drawing, sculpture, or design.
  • Presenting another's computer data as one's own.

Other examples of academic dishonesty include:

  • Planning with one or more fellow students to commit any form of academic dishonesty together.
  • Having another student take one's examination or do one's computer data or lab experiment.
  • Lying to an instructor to increase a grade.
  • Submitting papers or speeches that are substantially the same for credit in two different courses without prior approval of the instructors involved.
  • Altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for regarding unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
  • Removing tests from the classroom without the approval of the instructor or stealing tests.
  • Copying computer software from a floppy disk, CD ROM, or a hard drive unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

D.  Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression



Core Performance Standards for Admission & Progression



Examples of necessary activities (not all inclusive)

Critical thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause/effect relation-ships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans





Interpersonal abilities sufficient for interaction with individuals, families and groups from various social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds

Establish rapport with patient/clients and colleagues








Communication abilities sufficient for verbal and written interaction with others.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, and document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses





Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces

Move around in patient’s room, work spaces and treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary procedures

Motor skills




Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care

Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients


Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs

Hear monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultator sounds and cries for help





Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Observe patient/client responses








Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention (such as insertion of a catheter)


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