CNA Program Student Conduct


Overview

TMCC Student Conduct Policies and Procedures are available in the TMCC College Catalog and on the Vice President of Academic Affairs website. In addition, it is important for students to remember that they are representing TMCC when participating at clinical locations.

TMCC CNA Program students will adhere to the highest standards at all clinical sites. The instructor and the CNA Coordinator will deal with all infractions of medical/nursing ethics.

Examples of infractions:

  • Negligent or careless performance of duties.
  • Failure to apply to clinical practice principles presented in lectures and required reading assignments.
  • Failure to respect confidential nature of clinical records and information about clients.
  • Altering, removing, or destroying clinical records.
  • Refusal to follow instructions from supervisor or other departmental staff.
  • Deliberate or careless damage to equipment or materials which are the property of Truckee Meadows Community College or affiliated institutions.
  • Falsifying student records.
  • Repeated tardiness or unexcused absences.
  • Use of intoxicants. No person may bring onto the campus any alcohol or dangerous drug for ingestion. No person may appear on campus under the influence of any of the above substances.
  • Cheating or plagiarism consequences, 1st time 0 on the assignment, 2nd time failure of class and removal from the program.
  • Theft

Note: These infractions will not be tolerated. Either a contractual agreement or dismissal as deemed necessary by the faculty, or Director may occur. Students must comply with TMCC’s Student Conduct Policy and Procedures.

Academic Honesty and Conduct Policy

TMCC’s Student Conduct Policy is located in TMCC College Catalog, Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Students.

Civility

Students are expected and required to conduct themselves in a courteous and polite manner in all areas of the campus, college buildings, Health Sciences office area, faculty offices, clinical area and with all personnel at all times.

Instructors have the right and responsibility to ensure safe and satisfactory behaviors in the class, lab and clinical settings.

Change of Name, Address or Phone Numbers

Any change of name, address, or telephone number must be reported to the Admissions and Records Office as soon as the change takes effect. The school needs telephone access to all students in case of an emergency.

Children and Pets

Children and pets will not be allowed to attend classes, labs, clinical training, conferences or workshops.

Contracts

A contract is a written agreement between the student and faculty. This may be written to help an individual student to understand expectations and standards governing the student’s performance in the course. The agreement is implemented for a variety of situations, including, but not limited to, decreasing clinical performance behavior, failure to observe standards, and excessive tardiness and absences. The agreement will be placed in the student’s file and a copy will be provided to the student. The agreement is applicable only the semester in which it is initiated.

Drug Free Environment

TMCC and the Sciences Division have adopted a zero tolerance for drug and substance abuse or misuse at any of its campuses, classrooms and clinical locations. Being under the influences of a drug or alcohol intoxicant is strictly prohibited (see TMCC College Catalog Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention Policy). Any student in violation of this policy will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Electronic Devices

All electronic devices including but not limited to cellular phones, pagers, and/or beepers are not acceptable in the classroom and must be turned off. Personal Data Systems are not allowed during exams.

Faculty Evaluations

All full and part-time faculty are evaluated each semester.

Food or Beverages

No food or beverage is allowed in any classroom. This applies to students and faculty (bottled clear water is the exception but must be capped).

Grade Appeals

Refer to the TMCC policy in the College Catalog.

Insurance

All students must show proof of medical insurance coverage prior to being released to enroll in the CNA Program. Students must also notify the Sciences Division of any changes in coverage. Students from TMCC are covered by NSHE liability insurance while in the clinical setting. The coverage is applicable to students who function within their stated learning objectives and within the institution policies and procedures.

Learning Resources

The TMCC Library can assist you with class assignments and preparing for clinical experiences. Class assignments may include independent use of interactive video materials, which are available in the computer lab or library. Students will be required to present a current student ID to check out any materials from the circulation desk.

Taping (Audio or Video)

The policy of the TMCC CNA Program is that no taping is allowed in classes or clinicals/clinical conferences without the express permission of the instructor/faculty. This permission must be obtained prior to any taping activity. There will be no taping during (post) test review in order to maintain test integrity and security; no exceptions will be allowed.

Any student found taping in violation of this policy may be subject to discipline.

Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school and clinical facilities. Some clinical facilities may require as much as 50 minutes traveling time from campus.

Unsafe or Unsatisfactory Work

The instructor will assess and evaluate patterns and/or unsafe behaviors to determine degree of risk to the client. The student will be informed of instances of unsafe behavior.

The following may be grounds for dismissal from the CNA Program:

  • Unacceptable clinical behavior: Immediate dismissal from the course may occur at any time when client’s safety is in jeopardy. The student may also be informed of unsafe clinical behavior, first by a verbal warning, then a written warning and dismissal from the program may follow.
  • Excessive absences or tardiness: Tardiness and/or absences can seriously interfere with a student’s learning process. At the point when absences/tardiness becomes a concern, endangering a student’s progress, a contractual agreement will be established between student and faculty, outlining specific behavior expected in order for the student to complete the course.
  • Inability to successfully complete courses: If a student is unable to successfully complete a course for any of the following reasons, they may be given a failing grade or withdraw from the course depending upon:
    • The amount of content/clinical lab experience missed.
    •  Inability to proceed due to lack of successfully completing a prerequisite in the sequence listed.
  • Inability to adjust to stress adequately to perform duties safely with clients.
  • Inability to apply the necessary knowledge to perform the following duties with clients such as:
    • Identify the client properly
    • Provide care within acceptable standards of care for students
  • Inability to accept responsibility for consequences of one’s own behavior.
  • Inability to demonstrate responsibility for client care by notifying the instructor and clinical faculty in the event of an absence or tardiness.
  • Inability to demonstrate acceptable working relationship:
    • Answers call lights
    • Relate appropriately with others (client, families, instructors, staff, peers, etc.)
  • Inability to demonstrate fairness and straight forwardness in conduct:
    • Free from fraud or deception
    • Maintain client confidentiality
    • Report errors and unsafe conditions
  •  Inability to consistently receive, interpret and carry out instructions.