Nurs 84L Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Care of the Older Adult Clinical

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." ~ Marcel Proust

  • Mondays/Tuesdays, 6:30am - 2:30pm
  • Locations: El Camino Hospital (Mountain View campus) and San Jose Regional Medical Center. Students will switch sites at midterm. Each location has a mandatory orientation. Students must attend all orientation days in their entirety. 
  • 5 Units
  • Lead Instructor: Sherri Cozzens
  • Lead Instructor email:
  • Part-time instructor: Janice Valadez 
  • Instructor phone numbers - best contact numbers and emails for clinical instructors will be given on first orientation day.

Our goal is your success!

Open invitation to all students! 
Students are invited to attend and participate in all monthly department faculty meetings, and regularly scheduled department Curriculum and Policy committee meetings. We welcome your input and ideas! See instructor for more information.


Course Syllabus

Clinical Sites, orientation, and rotation information

CLICK HERE for Information for incoming Q4 students: includes mandatory pre-work directions, due dates, orientation info, important reminders!  Read early! Then read AGAIN prior to start of Quarter 4!!

  • Read and re-read this document (above) prior to entering Q4. It contains instructions about your orientation.
  • Read and follow instructions for submitting onboarding paperwork for each clinical site (below).
  •  You will need to submit a Quantiferon Gold test that will not expire during Quarter 4. If you have had a positive QFT and have submitted a chest Xray instead, please submit an annual surveillance form (available at Campus Health) by the due date. Chest Xrays cannot be accepted without documentation of a positive QFT in your file.
    • For more information about all required health documentation, including chest Xrays, see your Student Handbook.
  • Do your 2nd year background check/drug screening 2 to 3 weeks prior to your Q4 start date. See the Nursing Student Handbook for information about this.  Do NOT do this earlier than 3 weeks before the start of Quarter 4!  Initiating this process earlier than 3 weeks prior to the start date of Q4 means it will need to be repeated within this time frame, at additional cost to you.
  • Bring a copy of your annual flu shot to your orientation day of EACH rotation.  If it is Fall quarter and the flu shot is not yet available, get your shot immediately as it becomes available, and bring the documentation to clinical promptly.
  • Turn in a copy of ALL health and/or CPR updates to the Nursing Office, specifically for the Nursing Department record. This includes the QFT results and Flu Shot documentation.  Do not submit background/drug testing results. Note: Instructors will not submit your documents to the Nursing Office on your behalf.
  • Complete and submit the attached Pre-Clinical Information form by the due date. Due date will be set and communicated by Q4 Lead Instructor before end of Q3.  PLEASE LABEL THE FORM: LAST NAME_PRE-CLINICAL INFO before sending to instructor.  This information is necessary to onboard you at the two hospitals prior to your rotations there.  The form must be emailed to the Lead Instructor.  The email address is on the form.
  • San Jose Regional Medical Center
    • Required paperwork/training complete and submit electronically to Sherri Cozzens by due date, following directions below and in the "Information for Incoming Q4 students" link above.  Do NOT include copies of any immunizations, CPR, background check or drug testing documentation with your documentation (DO submit any/all health/CPR updates to the Nursing Office by due date in the Student Handbook though!!).
      • Onboarding instructions
      • Orientation Booklet - read all pages. Then complete the Signature packet pages below this, and email those pages to instructor by due date.)
      • Signature packet - Read Orientation Booklet (right above this). Then print the Signature packet, read and sign each section, complete post-tests, scan as one PDF, save as instructed in Onboarding Instructions above, and email to Lead Instructor by due date. 
      • Orientation Verification form - complete, scan as PDF (SEPARATE from the above Signature packet!), save as instructed in Onboarding Instructions above, and email to Lead Instructor by due date.
      • Code of Conduct policy - read all pages
      • Confidentiality and Security Agreement - read all pages
      • HIPAA Acknowledgement - read all pages
      • Statement of Responsibility - read all pages
      • Badge and parking form - complete and bring to Orientation Day 1 with you
      • Flu shot documentation - bring a copy to Orientation Day 1 with you. It will be retained by RMC so do not bring your original/only copy! (If it is Fall quarter and the flu shot is not yet available, get your shot immediately as it becomes available, and bring the documentation to clinical promptly.)
    • Scavenger Hunt - bring to Orientation Day 1 with you.
    • Computer Keyboard Guide - bring to Orientation Day 1 with you.
    • Computer Notes - bring to Orientation Day 1 with you.
    • RMC Skills List - review

Assignments - on Canvas site

See Canvas for examples of acceptable paperwork. A complete assignment must have all required components submitted on the due date. Due dates will be assigned by each clinical instructor within the first two weeks of the rotation. Be sure to include BOTH grading rubrics on all written assignments.

Other Resources

  • One or two optional NCLEX-style question(s) will be posted each week on the Clinical Canvas site. You will receive immediate feedback on Canvas. These are for practice only, and, while very highly encouraged, are not part of your grade.
  • QSEN
  • Evidence-based practice
  • BRN Standards of Competent Performance
  • Nursing Practice Act ~ information for Q4
  • There are numerous resources on campus to assist you to succeed.  Please see instructor as needed.
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