Dishonest Practices by Students - page 2

Something's bothering me. I found out yesterday that someone in my class went through my instructor's stuff at lunch and xeroxed the overheads that she was using to teach the class. Now, copies... Read More

  1. by   maikranz
    ... and you are certain the instructor herself didn't authorize the student to help herself to the materials...
  2. by   ADN 2002
    Okay, I'll answer your questions then tell you what happened today. The instructor did not authorize this student to go through her stuff and copy the notes. Nor was it a scam to see who's honest and who's not. Our instructors generally do not make the overheads readily available like that because the director of the program (and the college) is really stingy with the copies made at this school. I'm not sure if anyone was as upset as I was (and still am) that this has happened and that bothers me as well - but I can't change them and don't have the time or energy to kill myself trying to.

    So now for what happened today. I weighed all the options and decided my conscience was not going to let me do anything but go to the teacher myself and talk with her. I went in to this instructor's office to give her something I needed to turn in and asked if she had a minute to talk to me. I shut the door and asked if she was aware that there are copies of her lecture overheads circulating around my class. She didn't know, and asked me how many of the overheads had been copied, to which I said I didn't know because I didn't get close enough to a set to find out. She then told me she really appreciated me telling her like I did and I asked her to keep my name out of it, as I knew she'd take it to the other instructors and possibly the class. She didn't say anything before the class started or before she gave the test. We got through the test and it seemed to be business as usual but being the worrier that I am, I was still afraid something might happen.

    After lunch, I was running late and was the last one back to class after the lunch break. The director of our program was waiting for everyone to return so that she could address the class. She got out what I am pretty sure was a copy of our state's Nurse Practice Act and started picking through it saying that the qualities that a nurse must possess, such as trustworthiness and integrity were supposed to be something that we already have when we enter the program. She said that had these been patient records or something of the like, it would have been grounds for expulsion (and rightly so). She also said that in the Nurse Practice Act it states that if a nurse saw unethical behavior going on (or something like that, I can't remember her exact words) that he or she has a responsibility to report it; that we would be expected to report a medication error, so why not something like this? She also said that there was not one person in that room that didn't know that it was wrong to go through not just an instructor's stuff but anybody's stuff.

    And that was it. But I still feel bad and can't really understand why this continues to weigh so heavily on me. It may be because the person that made those copies is a friend of mine, the fact that she's almost old enough to be my mother (I think she's like 40), and has two teenage boys of her own and is doing things that no parent should be teaching to their kids. When I turned in my test this morning, the intstructor followed me out and told me that I had nothing to feel guilty about, that I have not "narc'ed" out my friends, and showed a lot of integrity doing what I did. And, now I am afraid that some of my other friends in the class may suspect that I went and talked to the instructor - maybe because of the strong reaction I had the other day when I found out what had been going on. And, I know I shouldn't care, but I unfortunately do.

    And that's it. Your thoughts?
  3. by   TeresaRN2b
    It is really hard doing the right thing. It especially hard when you risk losing friends over it. I am so glad to hear that you decided to talk to your teacher. Come talk to us if you get discouraged. Know that you did the right thing and try not to feel bad about it. I am a chronic worrier so I know it is difficult, but try.

  4. by   essarge
    BRAVO!!!! When everyone is going left and you decide to go right it's really hard, but when you are out there in the field that integrety will be with you. I know it had to be really tough to make that decision but I for one would be very proud to have you for my co-worker!! Keep up the good work!!! And don't worry about what anyone else may think, you are in school for you, not the others that are being dishonest!!!
  5. by   EXOTIC NURSE
  6. by   peaceful2100
    To exotic nurse I am sorry I was confused by your first post because I thought you meant that people who cheat in nursing school don't passed their NCLEX but I re-read and realized that it is not confusing. I see what you are saying now. My biggest thing now after your second post is that while what you are saying is very true it is just the fact that those who busted their rear ends off to make it through nursing school and through the NCLEX will certainly have more then those who make it through and passed but cheated. I am sure everyone knows that but that is my biggest issue. So what if the person who barely passed the NCLEX may not be the most book smart person around but I would certainly hoped they learn something in order to make good, safe decisions and that they are good hands on.

    To ADN 2002 you made the right decision. Your instructor is going to know that she can trust you more than what they did before. As far as your friend hopefully she will learn now before she get the boot and hopefully she will stop.
  7. by   CarolineRn
    ADN 2002
    Bravo!!!! Know that many of us (if not all) support your decision and respect you for doing what was morally right. Know also that while your class may "suspect" and speculate all day, unless you take credit for what you did, they will never *really* know. That's kind of a shame, because I am willing to wager that most of them secretly respect the person who had the balls to be honest, and that is credit you deserve, even if you are the only one to ever know it.

    About your "friend," realize that with age doesn't neccesarily come wisdom, and not all "like 40"-ish people know right from wrong. She made a mistake, and you called her on it. If she's truely wise, she would understand that. But it's over and done now, and it's up to you if you choose to forgive her this transgression and move on, or to disassociate yourself from her.

    You're going to make a fine nurse, and one I would be proud to have as a co-worker!!

  8. by   nightingale

    Please add my name to the list of those who would love to work with a nurse like you....

    In nursing, as in life, there are areas you can fudge.... thank you for speaking out and helping to stop a big problem in the tracks of continuing. My hats off to you...

    There is peace in knowing you did the right thing... let that be your "mantra" to this, yet another, "learning experience" in school....

    In peace....
  9. by   Robin61970
    You do not know me exept from here, but I am glad you chose to do what you did and I am proud of you for coming to the conclusion..........As I said you don't know me, but it does help to know you did the right thing...I would have done the same.....
  10. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    ish okay and I agree with you.....I am one of the ones who bust my butt through nursing school and I am struggling as well but I am happy to know that I will be taking some knowledge with me to state boards and HOPEFULLY I will pass them the first go round ...........