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Encouraging Academic Honesty: A Nursing Imperative

Johanson, Linda S.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181dd7989
Feature: education

Academic dishonesty, whether intentional cheating or plagiarism, or unintentional sharing of work or confusion about referencing, is nothing new to the college environment but is especially disturbing within nursing. The integrity of the nursing profession may, in fact, be jeopardized as students with the habit of cheating graduate and enter the field. This article discusses how educators, students, university administration, and nurses in practice can discourage cheating and plagiarism and promote honesty.

The integrity of the profession may be jeopardized as students who cheat graduate and enter nursing. Educators, students, school administration, and practicing nurses can discourage cheating and promote honesty.

Linda S. Johanson, EdD, RN, is an Associate Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. She conducts an annual study abroad course to Mexico and has participated in many medical mission trips. She volunteers at the local indigent health clinic.

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