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Sherri Shinn Cozzens - Nursing

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 be assigned to one site for the entire quarter.  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:  Jessie Smolin   
  • Instructor phone numbers - best contact numbers and emails for clinical instructors will be given on first orientation day.

STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BEING AWARE OF AND KNOWING ALL PAGES AND INFORMATION ON THIS SITE!  Consult with Lead Instructor in a timely manner for any questions you may have.  

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, orientation info, important reminders!   Read early!   Then read again prior to start of Quarter 4!!

  • Re-read this document (above) prior to entering Q4.  It contains instructions about your orientation
  •  You will need to submit a Quantiferon Gold test that will not expire during Quarter 4
    • For more information about all required health documentation, see your Student Handbook.
  • Do your 2nd year background check/drug screening 2 weeks prior to your Q4 start date.  See Nursing Student Handbook for information about this.
  • Turn in a copy of all health and/or CPR updates to the Nursing Office, specifically for the Nursing Department record.  This is in addition to any documentation required by your clinical agency that is submitted to instructor or clinical site (i.e., instructor will not submit to Nursing Office on your behalf).


  • San Jose Regional Medical Center  
    • Required paperwork/training complete and submit electronically to Sherri Cozzens between August 15 and 20, 2017, following directions below and in the "Information for Incoming Q4 students" link above.  This means your health and/or CPR updates must be completed and you have results/CPR card in hand before August 20th (Fall quarter flu shots are the possible exception, as the vaccine may not be available until after deadline.  Submit last year's).   Be sure to submit any/all health/CPR updates to Nursing Office by due date in Student Handbook. Instructors will not do this.
      • Onboarding instructions
      • Checklist
        • Please note:  All health data and CPR must be current (If it is Fall quarter and the flu vaccine is not yet available, use last year's vaccine and date.).
        • You also MUST submit a second copy (hard copy) of all health updates to the Nursing Office.  Copies submitted to instructor for onboarding go directly to the hospital, and are not recorded by our nursing department.
        • You do NOT have to get another physical - they will accept the one you did prior to starting the program. However, DO send the pdf of your physical with your other required paperwork.
        • Use the date of your LAST background check/drug screen.  They know you will be doing another one shortly before beginning Q4.
      • Orientation packet - read all pages.  Bring last page, signed, to Orientation Day 1 with you
      • Badge and parking form - complete and bring to Orientation Day 1 with you
    • 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



All items below will ALSO be on the Canvas site.  A student can use EITHER site to obtain templates, requirements, and/or tips for completing assignments.  Examples of assignments, however, will only be on Canvas.

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.


Daily Paperwork

  • Medication Sheet template.To be completed for each patient, each clinical day.  Staple to all written assignments. In the implementation column, side effects alone are not enough.  Include what you need to monitor, follow up on, or teach too!
  • Laboratory Analysis template.To be completed as pertinent for each patient, each clinical day.  Staple to all written assignments.
    • NOTE Labs need to be interpreted and trended.  Interpretation and implementation for YOUR patient is mandatory.  An arrow up or down is not acceptable.  The words "WNL," "elevated" or "decreased" alone are not acceptable.  
  • Weekly anecdotal notes.To be completed daily and turned in each week. Must have a comment in all sections each week.  These are also part of your Clinical Evaluation and all notes must be turned in with your CET.
  • History and Physical form.To be completed as pertinent for each patient, each clinical day.  Do not write any confidential info on it!  Staple to all written assignments (just the one for the patient you are writing about).

Additional Assignments/Handouts


Other important information

Other Resources

  • One or two optional NCLEX-style question(s) each week will be posted on the clinical Canvas site.  You will receive immediate feedback on Canvas.  These are for practice only, and, while strongly encouraged, are not part of your grade.
  • QSEN
  • BRN Standards of Competent Performance
  • Nursing Practice Act ~ information for Q4

email icon Email: Sherri Cozzens, RN, MS
phone icon Phone: 408.864.8533

Nursing Department

Last Updated: 6/1/17