Quote from KBnursestudent
I know of 4 people in my A&PII class that are cheating and it makes me so mad! :angryfire I am working my tail off getting the grades I do and they are getting answers from earlier classes for the exams. I know bc one of the people said it out loud like she was proud of it. I knwo she can't be lying bc the other day we handed in an exam we took home for the digestive system and within an hour I was talking to this person about another student who was absent. She asked why this other student was absent and i TOLD HER TAHT THIS OTHER STUDENTS GALLBLADDER (oops caps lock was on) had gallstones. She looked at me and asked "What is a gall bladder?" She then asked whta a gallbladded does!! wow! obviously she is not learing anything.
Anyway, is it an obligation of mine to blow the whistle or should I keep my mouth shut. I would do it without my name mentioned. this girl admitted it in front of about 6 people. she would never knwo who told. I just don't want to be involved if thses people get caught and it is found out taht I knew and did not say anything I want no part of any of this. I knwo in the end they will fail thier NCELX exams but I need to knwo what I should do.
Way back when I was in nursing school, we also had a student that cheated. He was a straight A student, always got excellent grades in everything....but he admitted to me he cheated (at least during A&P) and his mother was a nurse so she did all the care plans
and stuff that we had to hand in. He did pass the boards and worked as a nurse, but he had a drug problem and later died of an overdose. Sad story.
Instructors aren't as clueless as they seem. I'm sure that they know some of what's going on. Most of the students that are seriously cheating won't make it thru the program, others will. As for what you should do, I don't really know if reporting it will really do anything. I think that the instructors had to actually catch the students in the act of cheating in order to do anything. You might just want to give the instructors a heads up, maybe they'll change the way the give exams and not "recycle" them, and keep a close eye on the "cheaters". After that, I would just let things take their course. These people will eventually be weeded out, and if they make it to the workplace, they will have to deal with the real world of nursing. While I don't condone cheating in any way, nursing school is not the be all and end all. A great majority of your learning to be a nurse is done on the job.
Don't let this bother you too much. I know it's frustrating when you're working your butt off and others are slacking....believe me, it's highly improbable that they'll make it thru the nursing program.....esp if they can't handle A&P.
Concentrate on yourself, try to distance yourself from those people, and do your best to get thru nursing school. When you get out in the "real world", you will continue to see people that cheat the system, cheat the administration, and cheat the people that they work with. It's just a part of life. Do things the way YOU think is best, and ignore the rest, unless they are jeopordizing patient care.
Good luck........keep on working hard! You can do it!