Academic dishonesty in nursing schools: an empirical investigation

J Nurs Educ. 2009 Nov;48(11):614-23. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20090716-07. Epub 2009 Nov 6.


Academic dishonesty, whether in the form of plagiarism or cheating on tests, has received renewed attention in the past few decades as pervasive use of the Internet and a presumed deterioration of ethics in the current generation of students has led some, perhaps many, to conclude that academic dishonesty is reaching epidemic proportions. What is lacking in many cases, including in the nursing profession, is empirical support of these trends. This article attempts to provide some of that empirical data and supports the conclusion that cheating is a significant issue in all disciplines today, including nursing. Some preliminary policy implications are also considered.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Canada
  • Deception*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / ethics
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / ethics
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate / organization & administration
  • Faculty, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Plagiarism*
  • Professional Misconduct / ethics
  • Professional Misconduct / psychology
  • Professional Misconduct / statistics & numerical data
  • Schools, Nursing* / ethics
  • Schools, Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Students, Nursing* / psychology
  • Students, Nursing* / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States