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academic dishonesty, codes of professional ethics, deception, nursing faculty, nursing students, professional misconduct



  1. McClung, Emily L. PhD, RN
  2. Gaberson, Kathleen B. PhD, RN, CNOR, CNE, ANEF


Background: Much has been explored about academic dishonesty among nursing students.


Problem: Nursing students continue to engage in a variety of dishonest behaviors in the classroom and clinical settings. Concerned faculty members are seeking assistance in understanding the problem and finding suggestions for reducing students' engagement in academically dishonest behaviors.


Approach: Drawing on current literature, we discuss an expanded definition of academic dishonesty, explore motivating factors for students' academic dishonesty, and summarize common ways to reduce students' engagement in academically dishonest behaviors. We also provide guidance for development of policies concerning academic dishonesty.


Conclusions: By cultivating a learning environment that promotes honesty and integrity, rather than waiting until a dishonest act occurs to take action, the likelihood is lower that students will engage in academically dishonest behaviors.