Quote from topcat1234
integrity is a huge part of being a nurse. so much so, that it was emphasized greatly in my interview. i was actually asked what i would do if i found a student cheating on an exam.
i absolutely agree with you. cheating is lying - saying to a teacher "here is the work i did", when the person didn't do it at all. people get away with cheating or lying once, they'll do it again.......and again......and again. pretty soon, they probably figure it hasn't "hurt" anyone, and justify it by saying it really has nothing to do with nursing - "heck it was only an english paper" or "it was only a math exam". i don't buy it. i've taken courses at several colleges, and even if i don't formally enter a program, i'm given their rules and procedures about cheating and plagiarizing.
it is not fair to the others that do the work. i have no sympathy, and agree they should be removed from whatever program they are in. colleges do not want cheaters. their school logo is on whatever diploma or degree they give out, and don't want it coming back that students cheated to get it.
i would like to say it would tick me off to work my butt off to get a b on a paper, only to find out someone cheated to get an a. but you know what? it wouldn't. they will get what is coming to them eventually (though if i was aware that they had cheated, darn right i'd turn them in.) by spending loads of money for a degree and then end up getting kicked out of school, or worse, graduate with a nursing degree and not be able to pass the nclex. (for the record, i don't think anyone that cheats in school would be able to pass the nclex. i've seen and heard this stated many times myself.) what a waste.
for me, the answer is simple: i want to learn. i want to know why this functions as it does, and that works that way, and the results of giving this for that. cheating just does not enter the equation. teachers and professors are *usually* more than willing to help if you are stuck or don't understand something. they want you to pass. yes, we've all heard about the ogre's, but there are ogre's everywhere. got to get used to them sometime.
and all that for just 5% of their grade? i'd take the incomplete rather than risk all i've worked for.