Assessment and Health Promotion


  2. A. Course Title: Assessment and Health Promotion
    B. Course Number: NU 124A - 10250
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Armstrong, Cammie
    G. Office: McLean Hall (MC) 131
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2529
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Pathophysiology II, Introduction to Nursing Concepts, Principles of Nursing Practice, Evidenced-Based Practice (BSN)
    M. Corequisite(s): Nursing Pharmacology, Health Care Participant, Health and Illness Concepts I
    N. Class Location: AH155

    This course introduces the nursing student to assessment and health promotion for the health care participant as an individual, a family, or a community. This course utilizes seminar, laboratory, and/or clinical settings. The student is given the opportunity to assess physical health, health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, developmental level, functional ability, culture, and spirituality of the participant. The student also assesses family health including family health history, genetic health history, and environmental exposures to identify current and future health problems. Community health needs are identified through collaborative community assessment and evidence-based practice. Assessment data is shared through communication with healthcare professionals to identify needed interventions. The role of the nurse as advocate for the health care recipient is explained. The student is given the opportunity to analyze educational materials for literacy level. This is a four credit hour co


    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 Course Materials

    1. Red Lab Skills Kit- for purchase only in the NMJC bookstore
    2. Blood Pressure Cuff
    3. Stethoscope
    4. Dress code for Classroom and Clinical Laboratory activities:
    - See Student Nurse Handbook
    3. ATI package

    Required Textbooks:
    Books can be purchased in NMJC book store for Level 2. List includes books previously purchased for Level 1. ** Indicates Level 2 books that are included in the new Elsevier and/or Pearson level 2 bundles available in the NMJC book store.
    1. **Adams, Michael, Norman Holland, and Carol Urban. Pharmacology For Nurses, A Pathophysiologic Approach. Fifth ed. N.p.: Pearson, 2017. Print. ISBN: 978-0-13-425516-3
    2. Barcus, Judith M. Wilkinson, Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 11th edition. (2017) Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-433745-6.
    3. Content Mastery Series Review Modules, Assessment Technologies Institute; LCC
    4. Gray, Morris. Calculate with Confidence, 6th edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089319
    5. **Jarvis, Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455728107
    6. **Jarvis, Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 7th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323265379
    7. **Jarvis, Physical Examination & Health Assessment Laboratory Manual, 7th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323265416
    8. Leifer, Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing, 7th edition. (2015) Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455770151
    9. **Lewis, Medical Surgical Nursing Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 9th edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323086783
    10. Mosby, Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 10th edition. (2016) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323074032
    11. **Myers, RNotes, Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide, 4th edition. (2014) F.A. Davis. ISBN: 9780803640245
    12. Pagana & Pagana, Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 5th edition. (2013) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089494.
    13. **Pearson Education, Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume I, 2nd edition. (2015). Pearson/Prentice Hall. Print. ISBN: 9780132934268
    14. **Pearson Education, Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume II, 2nd edition. (2015). Pearson/Prentice Hall. Print. ISBN: 9780132934275
    15. SimChart and Simulated Learning System for RN 2.0 package (2 yr) (2015). Elsevier.
    ISBN: 9781455711734

    16. **Pearson Education, Clinical Nursing Skills: A Concept-Based Approach Volume III, 2nd edition. (2015). Print. Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 9780133351798
    17. Potter, Perry, Stockert & Hall, Fundamentals of Nursing, 9th edition. (2016) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323327404
    18. Silvestri & Silvestri, Saunders 2016-2017 Strategies for Test Success, 4th edition. (2015) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323296618
    19. Silvestri, NCLEX RN Comprehensive Review, 6th edition. (2013) Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN: 9781455727551
    20. Vallerand, April H., & Sanoski, Cynthia A. Davis’ Drug Guide for Nurses, 15th edition. (2016) ISBN: 13: 978-0-8036-5705-2
    21. **Stanhope, M. & Lancaster J., Foundations of Nursing in the Community: Community Oriented Practice, 5th edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323100946
    22. Varcarolis, Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 2nd edition. (2014) Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323287883
    23. Year 1, Levels 1 & 2 Red Skills Bag


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    NMNEC Course Grading Scale:

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

    A grade of 77 or higher is the minimum passing grade for nursing.
    A grade of C or higher is required for all nursing courses. The student must pass all nursing
    classes in sequence prior to taking courses in the following semester(s).

    The student receives exactly the earned grade: GRADES ARE NOT ROUNDED.

    VIII. Course Grading Policy:

    VIII. Course Grading Policy:

    Grade Components for NU124A

    Grade % Distribution
    Pre-Lecture Quizzes (30%)
    Quiz #1 5%
    Quiz #2 5%
    Quiz #3 5%
    Quiz #4 5%
    Quiz #5 5%
    Dosage Calculations Exam (10%)
    Dosage Calculations Exam (1st Attempt Score) 10%

    Cluster Skills/Head to Toe Final Examination (15%)
    Skills Cluster/Head to Toe Final Exam 25%

    Clinical Assignments (20%)
    Concept Care Map 5%
    Documentation of Concept Care Map Client in SimChart 5%
    Community Teaching Project/Participation 5%
    Reflective Paper for Community Teaching Project 5%

    ATI Practice and Proctored Exams (12%)
    Head-to-Toe Assessemnt (18%)
    Pt. 1-9%
    Pt. 2-9%

    Psychomotor Skills Activities
    Instructor Supervised Peer Check-offs for Psychomotor Skills (PS) Activities (Assessment skills) Pass/Fail

    Pass/Fail Assignments
    Course Objectives/Competencies Pass/Fail
    ATI Skills Modules (Ticket to class) Pass/Fail
    Formative Evaluation Pass/Fail
    Summative Evaluation Pass/Fail
    Psychomotor Skills Checklist Pass/Fail
    Documentation using SimChart Pass/Fail
    Simulation Lab Participation Pass/Fail

    Total 100%

    Calculation of Course Grade:

    a. Pre Lecture Quizzes (25%)

    The student will be given proctored 10-20 question computer quizzes to assess preparation for upcoming unit material. Quizzes will be based on theoretical material and application of practical skills. These will be ‘pop quizzes’, therefore the students will not know when a quiz will be given. If a student misses a quiz, there will not be an opportunity to make it up. In this case, the student will receive a zero, no exceptions. Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. If a student is tardy they will not be allowed to take the quiz nor will they be able to make up the missed quiz. Doors are shut at 0830 and will be reopened after the quiz is complete.
    Students will not be allowed to review quizzes or exams (See NMJC Student Nurse Handbook).

    b. Skills Cluster/Head-to-Toe Final Exam (15%)

    For the Skills Cluster/Head-to-Toe final exam, students will randomly be assigned a simulated patient scenario, which involves the performance of a number of skills that were learned during the first semester. Each of the selected skills in the Skills Cluster/Head-to-Toe exam must be successfully demonstrated for faculty in order to pass the course (a second and third opportunity will be given, if needed). These skills will be performed after the student performs a complete Head-to-Toe assessment of their simulated patient. If the Skills Cluster/Head-to-Toe final exam is not passed by the third attempt, the student will fail the course regardless of their overall course grade.

    Grading scale for Skills Cluster/Head-to-Toe Final Exam:
     Passed on 1st attempt-100%
     Passed on 2nd attempt-85%
     Passed on 3rd attempt-77%

    d. 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 should 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 AND THE STUDENT WILL BE PLACED ON AN ACTION PLAN FOR A MISSED ASSIGNMENT.
    o After 10 consecutive days, the student will receive a grade of “0” for the assignment; however, all late assignments must be satisfactorily completed and submitted.
    o All late (printed) 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, the student must email the assignment to his/her instructor and it will be timed and dated according to the time and date the email was sent.
    o All late (printed) assignments must be initialed by a nursing program employee when turned in.
    o Printed 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 designated minimum passing score for the assignment (if specified) in order to pass the course. Failure to complete all assignments in the course may result in course failure.

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

    For most pass/fail assignments, the assignment is considered “passed” when it is completed by the due date regardless of the achieved score. Some pass/fail assignments may have a designated score that must be achieved by the due date in order to pass; however, this score 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:

    For graded & pass/fail assignments:
    • 1st missed assignment:

    o The student will be placed on an action plan by his/her 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 his/her 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 enrollment in the nursing program.

    • 3rd missed assignment:

    o Student will be required to meet with the Administrative Nursing Review Committee to discuss 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.
    Dosage Calculation Exam: (10%)

    There will be 25 fill in the blank type questions covering basic (oral/injectable) medication dosage calculations. Students must pass the dosage calculation exam with at least 95% accuracy. Students may retake the test once (a second opportunity will be given the next week, if necessary), however the initial score will be used in computing the overall course grade. If the student is unsuccessful after the second attempt the student will not pass the course, will receive a grade of “F”,and will not be able to progress in the nursing program regardless of other grades.

    This content is not taught during class time, and is the responsibility of the student to use the self-paced, Deborah Gray Morris, Calculate with Confidence workbook and complete all required sections as outlined in the acceptance letter.

    Students are expected to be familiar with the following:
    • Interpret medication orders and standard abbreviations needed for dosage calculations.
    • Convert within and between these measurement systems:
    o Metric:
     Convert weight between micrograms, milligrams, grams and kilograms
    o Volume between milliliters and liters
    o Metric to Household
    o Weight between pounds and kilograms
    o Volume between ounces and milliliters
    o Volume between teaspoons and milliliters
    • Calculate dosages of oral medications.
    • Calculate parenteral medication volumes and dosages.
    • Determine if an ordered amount is within a safe/recommended range.

    Clinical Assignments (20%)

    Community Teaching Project (5%)
    Students and faculty will attend the Heart Health Fair at the Hobbs Fletcher Center. This is a mandatory event. Assigned groups will complete a poster board and a brochure related to smoking cessation, hypertension, or obesity/nutrition, across the lifespan, and the impact each has on heart health, according to Healthy People 2020 guidelines and recommendations. Assigned topics will be: Smoking Cessation, Prevention of Hypertension, Childhood Obesity, and Adult/Geriatric Obesity. Students will participate in educating the community regarding these subjects at this event. Students must participate in this event and must wear clinical uniform. A rubric will be provided and peer evaluations must be completed. See course schedule for due date and event date.

    Reflective Paper for Community Teaching Project (5%)
    Each student will write a one-page reflection paper regarding the community teaching project experience and submit on Canvas by the due date. A rubric will be provided. See course schedule for due date.

    Concept Care Map (5%)
    The student will complete a Formal Care Plan. Specific project guidelines and a grading rubric will be post in Canvas. The assignment ust be submitted by the due date, late submissions will not be accepted. If the assignment is not turned in by the due date, the student will receive a score of “0”. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

    Documentation of Concept Care Client in SimChart (5%)
    The student must complete all assigned documentation using SimChart. Specific guidelines will be discussed during class. (Formal care plan documentation to be graded).

    Psychomotor Skills Activities (Pass/Fail)

    ATI Practice, Proctored, and Remediation (12%)

    The student will take practice and proctored exams and remediate. The student will earn a grade per the ATI grading policy. See grading policy below.

    Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing Policy
    Content Mastery Series Proctored Examinations

    Step 1: Complete Practice Assessment A and Remediation by Due Date
    20 Points
    • Minimum of one (1) hour Focused Review
    • Complete three critical points to remember for each topic missed (must be legibly hand written)
    • Rationales will be made available after practice assessment has been completed (must remediate first attempt)
    Step 2: Complete Practice Assessment B and Remediation by Due Date
    20 Points
    • Minimum of one (1) hour Focused Review
    • Complete three critical points to remember for each topic missed (must be legibly hand written)
    • Rationales will be made available after practice assessment Rationales will be made available after practice assessment has been completed (must remediate first attempt)

    Step 3: First Proctored Assessment and Remediation by Due Date
    Achieve Level 3
    40 Points Achieve Level 2
    30 Points Achieve Level 1
    10 Points Achieve Below Level 1
    0 Points
    20 Points Remediation
    20 Points Remediation
    20 Points Remediation
    20 Points
    ● Minimum 1 hour Focused Review
    ● Complete three critical points to remember for each topic missed (must be legibly hand written) ● Minimum 2 hours Focused Review
    ● Complete three critical points to remember for each topic missed (must be legibly hand written) ● Minimum 3 hours Focused Review
    ● Complete three critical points to remember for each topic missed (must be legibly hand written) ● Minimum 4 hours Focused Review
    ● Complete three critical points to remember for each topic missed (must be legibly hand written)

    Step 4: Second Proctored Assessment - Retake
    Achieve Level 3 Achieve Level 2 Achieve Level 1 Achieve Below Level 1
    Retake (Optional) Retake (Optional) Retake (Required) Retake (Required)
    If the student achieves a higher level on the retake, the student will get an additional 10 points added to the proctored exam (Levels 2, 1, and below 1 only).

    Total points earned when Steps 1-4 are complete
    100 Points 90 Points 70 Points 60 Points

    ATI skill modules Ticket to class/lab (Pass/Fail)

    The head to toe assessment return demonstration is assigned an ATI skills module. The modules and quizzes must be completed prior to participating in lab. The quizzes must be successfully passed at 90% and a copy must be uploaded in Canvas by the due date (upload the Pre & Post-test for each skill). Failure to complete the assignment will result in an unexcused missed clinical. All missed clinical (excused and unexcused) must be made up at the discretion of faculty.

    Skills Labs (Pass/Fail)

    It is mandatory that the student read the related material before the assigned labs. The student will need to bring the red skills bag and wear the NMJC nursing uniform to lab. During lab, the student will participate in a variety of activities, including observing, practicing, and participating in simulated scenarios and documentation to prepare the student to care for patients.

    The student is required to attend all scheduled labs (see schedule). If there is an extenuating circumstance and the student needs to be late or miss a lab, the student must notify the faculty at least 2 hours before the lab. All missed labs must be made up at the discretion of faculty.

    Food and drinks are not allowed during specific skills practice to comply with OSHA requirements and all electronic devices need to be on silent mode.

    Assessment Skills Return Demonstration (Peer Check-off) (Pass/Fail)
    Instructor supervised peer check-offs will be done in the skill/simulation lab after each new assessment skill is learned and practiced. This is a pass/fail grade. The peer check-off must be completed successfully. The student will be learning head-to-toe assessment skills and will be required to perform a complete head-to-toe assessment return demonstration at the end of the semester. Wear your school uniform on check-off days. This testing provides a learning experience for students to practice skills prior to providing direct patient care in the clinical setting.
    ATI Learning Modules, Tutorials, and Practice Assessments (Pass/Fail)

    There will be various learning modules and practice assessments associated with the concepts for this course. Some of the modules may be done in class as a group, while others may be assigned as homework. These will be pass/fail activities. Refer to schedule for assigned learning modules and practice assessments. Practice assessments must be remediated as per the ATI policy. These assignments are pass/fail.

    Documentation using SimChart or Paper Charting (Pass/Fail)

    The student must complete all assigned documentation using SimChart or paper charting. Specific guidelines will be discussed during class. These assignments are pass/fail.

    Pass/Fail and optional Assignments (ATI and Pearson Nursing Pathways)

    ATI assignments are required to be completed by the specified due date. These assignments are pass/fail. Pearson Nursing Pathways may be assigned at different times during the semester. Pearson assignments are optional, but strongly encouraged! Specific guidelines will be discussed during class. Instructors may also use ATI/Pearson Nursing Pathway assignments in class, as homework, or as a ticket to class. These assignments are pass/fail.

    Exam/Quiz scores will be posted to Canvas within 48 hours. Paper and presentation/project grades will require more time.

    Clinical (Evaluations) {Course Objective competencies, formative evaluation, summative evaluation, psychomotor skills checklist}: (pass/fail)

    Student clinical requirements must be up to date before the semester begins to obtain entrance into clinical agencies. Students will take care of patients across the lifespan at a beginning level in the simulation lab and in clinical rotations. Remember it is imperative to follow HIPAA regulations! The clinical experiences may be arranged at various locations off campus. At clinical agencies, students must wear the NMJC nursing uniform. No jackets, coats, hoodies, or sweaters may be worn into the clinical setting. Students may wear a black lab coat over clinical uniform if needed for warmth. The lab coat must comply with NMJC Student Nurse Dress Code as outlined in the NMJC Student Nurse Handbook. All electronic devices need to be on silent mode. Students will perform the basic assessments and interventions learned so far and then document them in the academic electronic health record.

    Students must attend all scheduled clinical (see schedule). See Student Nurse Handbook for clinical attendance policy.

    Halfway through and at the end of the clinical, students will complete the Formative Clinical Evaluation and submit it electronically through Canvas. The faculty will complete the faculty section and return it to the student. At the end of the semester, the student will complete the Summative Clinical Evaluation, and each of the 16 course competencies needs to be at a developing level or above to successfully pass the course. See course schedule for due dates. If any competency is unsatisfactory at the end of the semester, the course will not be passed. A student may be removed from clinical during the semester for an unsafe clinical practice as outlined in the Student Handbook.

    Each form (Formative/Summative & Psychomotor Skill Checklist) must be submitted through Canvas Assignment Tool as a Word document.
    If the student fails clinical/simulation lab, a grade of 'F' will be earned for the course, regardless of the theory grade.


    Incomplete Grade
    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    Progression to Level 3, Semester 3 of the Nursing Program
    The student must achieve a final course grade of 'C' (77%) or higher for NU123, NU123A, and NU123B, and NU124A to be eligible to progress to Level 3, Semester 3 of the nursing program.

    IX. General Course Assignment Policies

    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    X. Class and/or Laboratory Attendance and Tardy

    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    XI. Examination Policies

    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    XII. 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:


    Upon successful completion of Level Two, the student will:

    1. Recognize and assess diverse patients’ values, beliefs, and attitudes related to health.
    2. Apply safety measures to well patient populations.
    3. Implement evidence-based practices in care of well populations across the lifespan.
    4. Adhere to policies and procedures in healthcare delivery settings.
    5. Communicate with other healthcare providers to meet the needs of well patients.
    6. Utilize informatics for well patient care.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES NU124A Assessment and Health Promotion (4 Credits: 1 Didactic & 3 Clinical) Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will: Level Objective 1. Assess physical health including a focus on the health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, developmental level, functional ability, culture, and spirituality of the participant. L2.1 2. Assess family health including a focus on family health history, environmental exposures, and family genetic history to identify current and future health problems. L2.2 3. Utilize community assessment data and evidence-based practice as basis for identifying community health needs. L2.1 4. Collaborate with a community to assess their health needs. L2.3 5. Document health assessments in electronic health record or written formats. L2.5, L2.6 6. Share community assessment data with other healthcare professionals to identify needed interventions. L2.5 7. Explain the role of the nurse in relation to advocacy for the health care recipient. L2.2 Level Objective Course Competencies: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will: 1.1 Identify patient’s values, beliefs and attitudes. 1.2 Effectively communicate patient’s values, preferences and expressed needs. 1.3 Recognize the need for health care access related to diverse populations. 2.1 Anticipate, identify, and eliminate potentially harmful situations in a wellness setting with guidance. 2.2 Identify system contributions to clinical errors and near misses in a wellness setting, with guidance. 2.3 Implement evidence-based procedures to reduce harm, promote safety, and improve care in a wellness setting with guidance. 3.1 Describe the relationship between evidence and clinical practice. 3.2 Assess outcomes of care when using evidence-based approaches, with guidance. 3.3 Demonstrate knowledge of evidence based protocols/pathways when providing nursing care. 4.1 Illustrate scope of practice within assigned education/practice environments. 4.2 Use various communication styles appropriate to team member roles. 4.3 Identify resources related to healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments. 4.4 Identify ethical issues within assigned education or practice environments. 4.5 Advocate health promotion for healthcare consumers. 5.1 Demonstrate understanding of the nursing role within an inter-professional team. 5.2 Communicate effectively with the inter-professional team members in order to initiate shared decision making. 5.3 Illustrate awareness of own strengths and limitations as a team member. 5.4 Illustrate ability to work effectively as a team member. 6.1 Demonstrate planning and documentation of nursing care using available technology in health promotion settings. 6.2 Identify appropriate resources that will aid patients in continuing wellness or decreasing exacerbations of diseases. 6.3 Safely operate appropriate technology in the wellness setting.

    Psychomotor Skills competencies



    Physical Assessment techniques



    Health History Interview


    D’Amico, D., Barbarito, C. Health & Physical Assessment in Nursing, 2nd edition. (2012).












    General Inspection

    Inspect overall skin color



    Obtain and interpret vital signs



    Pain assessment



    Assess mental status and level of consciousness


    Evaluate speech

    Assess for PERRLA

    Assess using Glasgow Coma Scale

    Mood Affect

    Mental Health

    Depression assessment

    Alcohol and drug screening



    Nutritional assessment

    Height and weight across lifespan, BMI

    Skin Integrity


    Inspect wounds


    Inspect skin lesions

    Inspect the oral cavity (also part of Nutritional assessment)

    Inspect the spine

    Inspect skin color/tone



    Observe range of motion of joints

    Assess muscle strength

    Inspect muscles and extremities for size and symmetry

    Assess gait

    Functional Ability Assessment

    Gas Exchange


    Evaluate breathing effort (rate, patterns, chest expansion)

    Auscultate lung sounds

    Inspect chest shape

    Gag, swallow, cough



    Inspect and palpate extremities for edema

    Palpate extremities for temperature

    Palpate and inspect capillary refill

    Palpate distal pulses for circulation

    Auscultate heart sounds

    Inspect extremities for skin color and hair growth

    Evaluate face for movement for symmetry and sensation

    Palpate extremities for tenderness

    Inspect for JVD



    Inspect and examine stool

    Palpate abdomen for tenderness and distension

    Auscultate abdomen for bowel sounds

    Inspect abdomen

    Sensory Perception


    Inspect external eyes

    Assess hearing on the basis of conversation

    Hearing using whisper and/or finger rubbing test

    Assess visual acuity

    Inspect external ear



    Fundal height




    Course Outline:
    The student is responsible for material presented in class and all assigned reading whether or not the assigned material has been discussed in class. The instructor may change the outline as warranted or needed.
    Teaching Strategies used during instruction in NU124A may include:
    Interactive Lecture Simulation Games
    Discussion Case Studies
    Assessment Audiovisual Media
    Team based Learning Internet Resources
    Lab Simulation Concept Maps
    Role-Play Computer Assisted Instruction
    Examinations Standardized Testing


    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 at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Course outline will be posted in Canvas the day before class begins.