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Nursing Program Handbook

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • About the Nursing Program Handbook
  • Section 1: Truckee Meadows Community College Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program Overview
    • Mission Statement
    • Philosophy of the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program
    • Associate Degree Nursing Education
    • Program Outcomes Statements and Measures
    • Community College Education
    • Learner
    • Nurse Educator
    • Non-Discrimination and ADA Statements
    • Accreditation
    • Disclaimer
    • Notification of Program Changes to Currently Enrolled Students
    • Documents and Forms
    • Nursing Program Faculty and Staff
  • Section 2: Program Curriculum, Objectives and Concepts
    • Curricular Organizing Structure
    • Bloom’s Cognitive Taxonomy of Learning
    • Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program Terminal Objectives
    • Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program Curriculum Concepts
  • Section 3: Program Cost
    • Cost for ADN Program
  • Section 4: Student Policies
    • Academic and Clinical Performance Counseling
    • Academic Advisement
    • Agreements
    • Attendance
    • Attrition
    • Background Checks and Drug Screens
    • Change of Name, Address and Telephone Numbers
    • Civility
    • Complaint Resolution
    • Conduct, Professional Behavior and Honor Code
    • Counseling
    • Disability Accommodations for Nursing Students
    • Distribution of Final Course Grades
    • Electronic Devices
    • Exam Policy
    • Faculty Evaluations
    • Food or Beverages
    • Grade Appeals
    • Holidays
    • Learning Resources
    • Liability Insurance
    • Medical Insurance
    • Readmission
    • Recording (Audio or Video)
    • Required Documents
    • Social Media and Networking
    • Student Input into Program Processes and Decision Making
    • Transportation
    • Weather
  • Section 5: Clinical and Laboratory Policies
    • Appeal of Withdrawal for Unsafe Clinical Practice or Unprofessional Behavior
    • Clinical and Laboratory Policies
    • Clinical Assignments/Facilities
    • Clinical Dress Code
    • Confidentiality
    • Medication Administration Policy
    • Pathogen Exposure
    • Patient Safety
    • Reporting Sentinel Events to the Nevada State Board of Nursing (NSBN)
    • Unsafe or Unsatisfactory Work
  • Section 6: Graduation and RN Licensure
    • Graduation Pinning Ceremony
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Handbook and Policy Acknowledgment and Release


On behalf of the faculty and staff it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you as a member of our Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program community. You are about to begin an important journey as you prepare to become a nurse. Grounded in the sciences and liberal arts, you will learn the basic skills and the scientific basis for practicing our profession. The next four semesters will be exciting, intense and challenging as you learn to care for individuals throughout their live, whether ill or healthy.

You will grow professionally and personally through interactions with faculty, your fellow students, nursing staff in clinical agencies, and patients.

Smiling Nurse with Patient

It’s exciting to care for a mother giving birth or an adult leaving the hospital after successful chemotherapy. It’s during the difficult times that you will come to better understand your patients and yourself. For example, talking with a wife who has just lost her husband is hard but rewarding. These are the peaks and valleys of your journey that will make you an excellent nurse. Upon graduation, you will be well- prepared for the NCLEX exam, allowing you to become licensed as a registered nurse. Our graduates have successful careers in multiple specialty areas and perhaps you will go on to complete your bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees.

From the beginning, your faculty will be there to help you learn. Some of our clinical faculty have doctoral degrees and many continue their own practices. You will be working closely with clinical staff and participating as a member of the healthcare team to provide patient care. Don’t hesitate to seek out faculty and learning experiences; we are here to help you and facilitate your learning.

You are here because you are the best and the brightest. Our expectations are high but the outcomes are well worth it. I know that your education at Truckee Meadows Community College will take you far. We are excited that you are here.

A career in nursing is a profession dedicated to the achievement of health and healthcare through science and its application. I hope you will gain a deeper understanding of what it means as you experience the dedication our faculty members have to your development. I encourage you to get to know them – they are leaders not only in the school, but the entire nursing profession. The time you spend with us is sure to provide you with many opportunities.

Best wishes,
Jody Covert MSN, RN
Director of Nursing

About the Handbook

This Handbook for students in the TMCC Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program provides information regarding policies, procedures, available resources and issues that are of concern to student academic life. It also outlines rights and responsibilities of the students.

These policies, and any additional Nursing Program policies and procedures relative to student records, publications, grievances and discipline, are consistent with the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Policies and procedures governing all TMCC students are available in the TMCC College Catalog.

Students are responsible for using the Handbook and College Catalog as a resource when questions arise and as a guide to academic and nonacademic policies and procedures.

All students are required to sign the Handbook Acknowledgement. A copy of the Handbook Acknowledgement is retained in your file. By signing the acknowledgement, you certify that you are responsible for:

  1. Reading the Handbook in its entirety.
  2. Agreeing to comply with all policies.
  3. Reviewing and understanding any changes made to the Handbook during the entire time you are enrolled as a student in the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program.
  4. Recognizing that changes made to policies and procedures may impact you as a student.

Handbook Contents Disclaimer

Information in this handbook describes the Truckee Meadows Community College Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program at the time of publication.

Unless otherwise indicated by a parenthetical statement containing “effective date” all terms, conditions, policies, practices, stated directives and information contained within the handbook are correct and current. Changes may be made in policies, the calendar, curriculum or costs. Such changes will be announced by TMCC approved methods and practices.