Unfortunately, academic dishonesty is becoming far more widespread. It's even more common in high-stakes environments where stress on grades is increased, such as nursing school
. Very sad.
Nursing has been rated as the 'most trusted profession' in the US every year since 2000 (except 2001, when we came in second to firefighters). The foundation of that trust is our integrity. How this role be fulfilled by someone who thinks so little of her/his own integrity?
In my organization, we utilize formal, standardized assessments (post hire) to determine gaps in skill or knowledge that need to be addressed during orientation. If anyone attempts to cheat, it is ground for immediate termination from employment. I don't understand why anyone would even do this, since they already have the job, there is no benefit and they would only be shortchanging themselves. But it happens with astonishing regularity.