cheating at nursing school

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    11 Prairie View nursing students caught cheating on test
    University says they won't be allowed to graduate

    By MIKE TOLSON
    Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

    Eleven Prairie View A&M University nursing students were caught cheating on a comprehensive examination last month and were not allowed to graduate with their class, the university said.

    The students, who were using cell phones to text-message other students who had finished the exam, will be allowed to re-enroll this fall and will be required to take a course in ethics. They also must take the examination again. If they pass, they will be allowed to graduate in December.
    "We never want to have any type of break in our university policies," said Betty Adams, dean of the nursing school. "We always take it as a matter of criticality when there is one. We have a protocol in the university and believe in due process. We handled this as we would any other matter on any other day."

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5806292.html
    Last edit by TheCommuter on May 28, '08 : Reason: edited. . .
  2. 145 Comments so far...

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    They should have been expelled and barred from enrolling in any other nursing programs in there state. Cheating should not be toleratred NO matter what this is extremely dangerous if they were actually graduated and practicing nurses, they would probably try to cut corners again and put a patients life at risk!!!! The university made a huge mistake by letting them re enroll into the program !!!! And even let them take the exam AGAIN and graduate .... a zero tolerance Ethics Code should be a adminstered. Not to mention there fellow nursing students who did the right thing by studying and applying themselves , how do you think they feel........this is absoluletly rediculous!!!!!:trout:
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    This is common practice at my college. Absolutely sick.
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    Wow...very interesting at the fact that these students are not expelled from the program. Thanks for the heads up, horus2001!
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    i was a teacher, so i am used to assessing students.

    i noted that most nursing students i had to supervise did not know theory. when i ask questions, they would go, "i know that," but could not tell me the answer.

    when i labelled a syringe with the medication name, a student told me, "you know, you're the only one here wasting time doing that." i was surprised--sometimes i had to give up to 5 iv medications to 1 patient, and not labelling syringes is a recipe for disaster. i told the student, "well, when you're working with me, you'll have to do things my way."

    students avoided me after they learn that i'm strict with the little stuff.

    when nclex time nears, they will be discussing some questions which stumped them, but will be uncertain about their answers.

    i'm always surprised when i learn that so-and-so student passed the nclex.

    i had overheard that they had attended a certain review class, and the review was...worth the money.

    they wouldn't tell me where they attended this review class--i guess it's something they pass on from graduate to graduate.

    anyway, i hope to learn the secret some day.

    (*note: i am not bashing anybody. just stating an observation.)
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    Quote from hotmama2be
    They should have been expelled and barred from enrolling in any other nursing programs in there state. Cheating should not be toleratred NO matter what this is extremely dangerous if they were actually graduated and practicing nurses, they would probably try to cut corners again and put a patients life at risk!!!! The university made a huge mistake by letting them re enroll into the program !!!! And even let them take the exam AGAIN and graduate .... a zero tolerance Ethics Code should be a adminstered. Not to mention there fellow nursing students who did the right thing by studying and applying themselves , how do you think they feel........this is absoluletly rediculous!!!!!:trout:
    I AGREE! They should be expelled and banned from entering nursing school again!. Willingness to cheat on an exam shows a basic lack of character and morals! This is the type of behaviour that an ethics class will NOT fix. They likely are not upset that they cheated, only that they were caught. I understand the pressure of your future hanging on one test but anyone who is willing to cheat is not the type of person I would want as my nurse!
    zbb13, KimberlyRN89, kdrose01, and 17 others like this.
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    I swear and promise I am not making this up. When I was in nursing school, in the critical care nurisng section, we had to take pharmacology math quiz since the drugs are calculation based with the titrations. This girl cheated off me, so then when we got out quizzes back in clinicals (so the instructor had less students to explain to so you could ask more questions--> 10 people in a clinical compared to 60 in the class) you could ask questions and get in dpeth explanations. So after we get out quiz back, this girl comes up to me to tell me she was upset I got a "C" on the quiz because she cheated off me quote "since I was so smart and normally got 'A's"
    When I notified the instructor to check her answers compared to mine, sure enough they matched. And guess what, nothing happened to this girl. And she is a nurse today in pediatrics. I will be fit to be tied if a child I ever know is under her care. Simply amazing to me, and these are typically the people who want to go to the "ICU's" after graduation.
    Not_A_Hat_Person, ChristineN, Lexi86, and 10 others like this.
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    they should be banned from ever going back to any nursing school. i wouldn't want them taking care of me. it infurates me , and they should be ashamed
    KimberlyRN89, kdrose01, nyteshade, and 4 others like this.
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    I can't believe that they are going to allow these students to re-enroll in the fall. I hope I never have any of these students as a nurse. If they don't have any integrity in school, they probably won't have any on the job. It is scary to think of how many were cheating, but it is even more scary to see that the school doesn't have the guts to kick the students out of the program for good. This must be really frustrating for the nursing students who are working really hard and killing themselves to get through the program using honesty and hard work. I know this is a generalization, but if I was an employer, this would make me hesitant to hire nurses from this school. I would always be wondering if the person was one of the students who were cheating and got to re-enroll in the program. It's a shame that 11 students and some cowardly faculty have made this school's nursing department look like a sham.
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    I agree, there should be a list sent to all 50 states board of nursings so they cannot apply for a license, kind of list those lists they make up after people screw up majorly and lose thier license and cannot ever practice again.
    MK6babies and RedZeppelinRN like this.


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