Associate Degree Nursing Department
RNSG 1413/1160 -- Level 1 CEC

RNSG 1413 - Foundations of Nursing


  • When: Thursday, 14 January, 2016. You will receive an email announcement.
  • Time and Place: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., CEC Campus at Brackenridge Hospital, room # will be posted on the room assignment board in the CEC entrance lobby.
  • What to wear: conservative street clothes or ACC teal scrubs.
  • What to bring: paper and pen. Tape recorders are welcome.
  • If you have not already done so, be sure to activate your ACC gmail account or you may miss important communication from your instructors.

Calendar: Spring 2016

  • NOTE: This calendar is subject to changes each semester. The final calendar will be distributed at orientation.


  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays, usually from 8:30am - 11:30am
    • There are several classes during the semester that are scheduled from 8:00am - 3:00pm. See calendar
  • Where: Clinical Education Center (CEC) at Brackenridge. Check room assignment board in the CEC entrance lobby.
  • What to wear: conservative street clothes or ACC teal scrubs

Skills Labs:

  • When: Tuesdays, 8am - 12noon, or 10:30am - 2:30pm (as assigned)
  • Where: Clinical Education Center Labs on first floor
  • What to wear: ACC teal scrubs, closed toe shoes, hair pulled back
  • What to Bring: watch with second hand, lab packs (when assigned), stethoscope/scissors/penlights as assigned. Drug books and textbooks are also sometimes helpful.

Level Mastery Skills Check Off: There will be a comprehensive mastery skills check-off over previously learned skills from 1105.

  • 1105 mastery check-off will occur during the first week of the class.
  • You will be checked off on vital signs plus one other 1105 skill.
  • You must satisfactorily complete the RNSG 1105 check-off to continue in Level One.
  • Please practice the skills that you learned in RNSG 1105 over and over until you have mastered them in preparation for this Level 1 Mastery Check-Off
  • The nursing labs at CEC, EVC and RRC will be open the week before the semester begins. You are encouraged to take advantage of this practice opportunity.

RNSG 1413 Mastery Skills Check Offs: In addition to the 1105 Level Mastery Skills Check-Off, there will be mastery skill check offs for other skills taught in Level 1.

  • Mastery Skills Check-Offs will cover:
    • Physical Assessment
    • Medication Administration including PO & injections (IM, sub-q)
    • Enteral tubes
    • Sterile Technique
    • Urinary Catheterization
  • You must pass all check-offs satisfactorily to continue in the course. Failure to pass the Mastery Level Check-off on the first attempt will be managed according to the policy for Critical Skill Performance Mastery in the Student Handbook.

Dosage Calculation Test:

  • You will be required to take a dosage calculation test during the first week of the semester.
  • Review your dosage calculations!
  • Failure to pass the dosage calculation test on the first attempt will be managed according to the policy for Dosage Calculations Proficiency in the Student Handbook.


RNSG 1160 Foundations Clinical

Clinical Schedule:

  • You will have two clinical days per week, with 6-7 hours/day.
  • Clinical days/hours vary by clinical site and instructor. They will either be Thurs/Fri, or Wed/Thurs. Clinical hours can be days (6:30am-1:30pm) or evenings (1:30pm-8:30pm).
  • Additional time will be needed at the clinical site each week to gather information for clinical days
  • Assignment to clinical groups will be made before orientation. You wil receive an e-mail before classes start to rank clinical site preference. Every effort will be made to accommodate student preference, but no guarantees are made. There will be limited opportunity for hardship switches only.

Clinical Orientation:

  • Students will be oriented to the clinical site and to the course during the first week of RNSG 1160.
  • Orientation will take place both on campus at CEC and/or at the clinical facility.

Clinical Preparation:

  • Students are expected to have their ACC ID badge, uniform, lab coat with ACC patch, and all required equipment prior to Clinical Orientation day.
  • Daily/weekly clinical assignments will be at the discretion of each instructor. Amount of time needed for preparation will differ depending on the nature of the assignment.