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Jody Covert

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • Director of Nursing responsible for leadership and decision authority for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • Direct ongoing process of curriculum development.
  • Accountable to college, state and national accreditation agencies for program outcomes.
  • Work in a professional and collegial manner with faculty, students, and community stakeholders.
  • Tenured nursing professor within the Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program at Truckee Meadows Community College.
  • Experience with curriculum creation, revision and implementation.
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing site visitor.
  • Registered nurse with experience in pediatrics and pediatric urgent care and extensive experience in pre-operative and PACU nursing and management in an ambulatory surgical setting.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

October 2019-Present -Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

ACEN Site Visitor

  • Conduct site visits of associate degree nursing programs.
  • Responsible for evaluation of nursing programs using ACEN Standards and Criteria.
  • Work in collaboration with site visit team and nursing program director, faculty and college administration.

July 2012-Present- Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

Director of Nursing/Nursing Professor

  • Member of College Program Unit Review Committee.
  • Responsible for systematic evaluation plan and monitoring of outcomes for nursing program.
  • Member of Sabbatical Committee.

August 2005 to Present – Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

Nursing Professor

  • Nursing Professor in concept-based nursing program.
  • Level 1 Clinical Coordinator. Responsible for scheduling and coordinating faculty and students in clinical sites.
  • Member of Lead Faculty Committee.
  • Nursing Laboratory clinical faculty.
  • Responsible for students in clinical and lecture setting including evaluation, feedback, and mentoring.
  • Member of Nursing Program Readmission Committee responsible for evaluating requests of current nursing students for readmission into the program and recommending action to faculty members.
  • Co-Chair of faculty Outcomes committee responsible for collection, analysis and recording of data regarding systematic program evaluation.
  • Member of Truckee Meadows Community College Faculty Senate Curriculum Assessment Program Committee.
  • Member of nursing program Curriculum Committee.
  • Member of faculty screening committee for new faculty 2008.
  • Pediatric theory nursing instructor. Pediatric clinical nursing instructor and clinical coordinator for all pediatric nursing care clinical instructors and students.
  • Nursing Today theory instructor which includes current nursing trends and information for senior nursing students.

August 2003 to August 2008 – Laxalt & Nomura, Attorneys at Law, Reno, NV.

Registered Nurse/Paralegal

  • Review of medical records and creation of critical facts summaries for class action medical lawsuits.

January 2003 to December 2005 - Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV

Staff RN- Pediatric Urgent Care

  • Phone triage and treatment nurse for pediatric patients in afterhours setting.
  • Education of parents and families regarding childhood illness, health prevention and promotion.

March 2002 to January 2003 - Carson Ambulatory Surgical Center, Carson City, NV

Staff RN- Pre-op/PACU.

  • Responsible for care of pediatric and adult surgical patients in an ambulatory surgical setting.

January 2000 to March 2002 - Quail Surgical and Pain Management Center, Reno, NV

Charge RN/Preadmission RN - Pre-op/PACU RN

  • Caring for patients in an ambulatory surgical setting.
  • Experience in general surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, and pain management.
  • Management of day-to-day flow and scheduling.
  • Participation in review and revision of policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for pre-admission and pre-operative testing of surgical and pain management patients.

December 1994 to October 1999 - Center For Outpatient Surgery Reno, NV

RN Team Leader – Pre-op/PACU

  • Responsible for care of adult and pediatric surgical patients in an ambulatory surgical setting.
  • Responsible for management of 16 employees.
  • Management of employee scheduling and day-to-day flow.
  • Responsible for staff evaluations, discipline and monthly staff in-services.
  • Responsible for clinical Pre-op/PACU policies and procedures, and clinical component of JCAHO and state surveys.

June 1994 to December 1994 - Washoe Medical Center, Reno, NV

Staff RN

  • Care of pediatric and pediatric ICU patients.
  • Experience with ventilators, central lines and IV skills.

May 1993 to June 1994 - Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas, NV

Staff RN – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

  • Care of the pediatric hematology/oncology patient.
  • Chemotherapy certification.
  • Care of the ICU step-down patient.

EDUCATION

  • 1993, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, BSN
  • 2005, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, MSN
  • Currently completing Doctor of Nursing Practice, Grand Canyon University: expected graduation September 2020

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member- Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
  • Member National League for Nursing
  • Past Member Nevada State Board of Nursing Education Advisory Committee
  • Department of Education, Health Science I and II Standards Writer
  • Washoe County School District Career and Technical Education Committee member
  • Deans and Directors

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Certifications

  • Nevada Registered Nurse License
  • Basic Life Support Certification

Conferences

  • Boot Camp for Nurse Educators, New Mexico, 2006
  • National League for Nursing Educational Summit, September 2007
  • National League for Nursing Educational Summit, September 2009
  • National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission Update in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007.
  • Faculty Clinical Training Academy Day 1, December 2011
  • Faculty Clinical Training Academy Day 2, May 2012
  • National Association for Associate Degree Nurses Conference November 2013
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Self-Study Forum 2014
  • National League for Nursing Education Summit, October 2015
  • National League for Nursing Education Summit, October 2018

WORKSHOPS

  • Co-taught Backwards Course Design during TMCC Professional Development week, Fall 2007 with two other TMCC faculty.
  • Board of Regents Academy, Las Vegas, 2007
  • Clinical Evaluation Tool Design, 2008
  • Diversity Training, Truckee Meadows Community College, March 2012
  • Leadership Training, Truckee Meadows Community College, July 2012
  • Effectively Leading an ACEN-Accredited Program – Workshop for the Nurse Administrator 2014
  • ACEN Self-Study Forum, September 2018

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Brown School Elementary PTO board member, 2008-2010
  • Brown School Elementary Reading Week volunteer
  • Galena-Steamboat Citizens Advisory Board member 2009-2011
  • Girl Scouts of America Troop Leader, 2004-2009
  • Operation Health Care Bound volunteer
  • Go Red for Heart Disease Awareness volunteer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • High School Nursing Career Outreach 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Principle for a Day program with Washoe County School District 2014, 2018