Just part of the general "watering down" of nursing education. When I was in school, I was directly supervised in my clinical practica by a faculty member of the school, in a facility with which the school had an ongoing relationship, and there was no question of not putting in the hours I was expected to (the nature of the clinical practica was such that students in my track ended up spending many more hours than the minimum required in order to follow my cases appropriately and responsibly, to our benefit). Now that so many (not all) schools
are so cavalier about supervising students, students can basically do as much or as little as they want, and get away with it.
As Double notes, of course it's cheating. Do you want to report him to the school and have to live with the consequences (of ratting out someone with whom you work)? You say you've been asked to precept him. Can you decline to the school, rather than just to him, and let the school know why you're unwilling to take him on as a preceptee?
Situations like this make all
of us look bad, and diminish the respectablility and credibility of advanced practice nurses over time. I already work with physicians who are sincerely surprised to learn, when it comes up in conversation, that my graduate degree isn't from some on-line diploma mill program, that I actually attended classes and clinical in a legitimate program and have a "real" degree -- they assume that all
nursing graduate degrees are more or less a joke.