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Clinical Practicum III

Course Details

Course Number
RESP 4711
Summer I 2013
Bridwell Hall
Days & Times

Clinical days, sites and rotations are specific to each student.

Dr. Jennifer Anderson EdD, RRT-NPS (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

1. Neonatal/Pediatric vital signs
2. Neonatal/Pediatric Patient Assessment
3. Pediatric CPR
4. Setup and ventilation via endotracheal tube
5. Perform ventilatory management on a neonate
6. Observe/perform capillary gas on a neonate
7. Neonatal chest x-ray interpretation to include: ETT placement, UAC   
   placement, heart size, lung conditions, and pneumothorax.

Course Expectations

Each Student will successfully complete all 7 competencies.
Failure to complete all 7 will result in a failing grade!
To get an A in this course the student must:
Complete all 7 competencies.
Complete all DLs.
To have at least 90 points on the graded items.
To get a B in this course the student must:
Complete all 7 competencies.
Complete all DLs.
Have between 80-89 points on the graded items.
To get a C in this course the student must:
Complete all 7 competencies.
Complete all DLs.
Have between 75-79 points on the graded items.
A student is guaranteed a grade of less than C if:
   1. Any competency is missing.
   2. Any DLs are missing.
If the points on the graded items are less than 74.

Grading Standards

History and Physical Exam           30 points
Site Evaluation                                 70 points
                                                           100 points

Submission Format Policy

Each student will compile a clinical portfolio documenting the learning activities for the semester.
The clinical portfolio is to be organized as follows:
In a 3 ring binder create divisions (using tab sheets) for the following in the exact order listed.
1.    Cover sheet
2.    Course syllabus
3.    Clinical schedule
4.    Sign in sheet
5.    Competency list
6.    Daily log form w/care plans (when in ICU)
7.    Daily performance evaluations
8.    End of rotation (Affective) performance evaluation
9.    Clinical site evaluations

General requirements
Each Student will successfully complete any competencies not completed in any other rotation.
Daily logs-Daily logs are used to document the practice of clinical skills of the student. It is vital that these logs are completed every day the student attends clinic. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that these logs are completed daily – before you leave the clinic. Activities performed during the day may be listed on the log from the list of competencies contained in the clinical portfolio.
Sign in sheets-the student must be signed in and out for each day in clinic – no exceptions!
Care plans-when in the NICU the student will complete a care plan for each patient the student is caring for on the day.  The care plan format will be discussed in class before clinic begins.
Daily performance evaluations-the student will have a daily performance evaluation completed and signed by the clinical preceptor every day when the student is in clinic-no exceptions!
Affective evaluations-You must download from DataArc and place in your clinical portfolio a completed Affective Evaluation from the site where you have spend the majority (>50%) of your clinical time. Due at final check-off
Site evaluations-You must download from DataArc and place in your clinical portfolio a site evaluation for every site you attend.  If you are at a hospital for airway, PFT and ICU, then three separate evaluation forms must be completed-printed and placed in your clinical portfolio.  The site evaluation must be completed on DataArc, before printing out and placing in the clinical portfolio. Due at final check-off
Clinical portfolios will be presented to Ms. Gresham at the completion of your clinical rotation for evaluation.  If the clinical portfolio is not complete when turned in for review, the highest letter grade possible for clinic will drop by one!

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

It is equally important that a student be punctual to the clinical
site. In order for the student to obtain maximum benefit from the
clinical Practicum, they must be present for the report given at the
change of shift. Late is defined as arriving at the clinical site
fifteen minutes past the scheduled time for the Practicum. However, if
a student arrives later than thirty minutes past the scheduled time for
the Practicum, he/she may not be allowed to stay for that clinical day.
If a student must be late for clinical it is their responsibility to
contact the site prior to the scheduled time for Practicum.

After contacting appropriate person within the specified time, the
student must be present within one hour of scheduled time for the
Practicum. Depending on the area of rotation and the circumstances, an
alternative assignment may be made. If a student is habitually late the
instructor and/or the Clinical Director will counsel them.

If the student does not report tardiness to the appropriate person, an
absence will be recorded. The Director of Clinical Education will take
extenuating circumstances into account. Every two days a student is
late, an unexcused absence will be recorded.

It is equally important that all students remain at their clinical site for the entire designated time. If the student must leave early for any reason, the student must call the Clinical Director. Students will be required to make up any missed hours.
Leaving the clinical site for any reason and not communicating with the preceptor and the Clinical Director is grounds for dismissal from the program.
It is also required that all students communicate with their assigned preceptor any time they leave their area for any reason (lunch, break, work on case studies, etc.)

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

If a student is unable to present at the clinical site, it is his/her
responsibility to report the intended absence to the clinical site and
Director of Clinical Education prior to the time for the Practicum.
When reporting an absence to the Director of Clinical Education,
please call 940-397-4652 (department secretary) and leave the message.
When reporting the absence to the clinical site, have the hospital
operator page the charge therapist on the current shift. Leave the
message with the charge therapist.

The calls to report an absence must be made at least one hour prior to
the scheduled time for the Practicum. An absence not reported by this
procedure will be recorded on the Clinical Incident Form. The
Director of Clinical Education will take extenuating circumstances
into account. An adverse decision may be appealed to the Program
A make up day will be arranged.

Other Policies
Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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