Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

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Arlene Farren

Committee Members

Steven Baumann

Keville Frederickson

Barbara Montero

Karen Roush

Subject Categories



Associate Degree Nursing Student, academic misconduct, nursing students, qualitative


Academic misconduct is a growing national and global concern. There is a paucity of literature on academic misconduct in nursing. Among the research studies that have been conducted, all but one were quantitative. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of Associate Degree (AD) nursing students’ experiences with academic misconduct during their nursing education. This study utilized the qualitative method of narrative inquiry to address the research question: What are the stories of Associate Degree nursing students with academic misconduct experiences during their nursing education? This sample included five volunteer research participants who were current associate degree nursing students, focusing on their experiences of academic misconduct. Four themes emerged in the analysis: Theme #1: Rules: Perception of rules unfulfilled, Theme #2 Fear of failing greater than fear of getting caught, Theme #3 Solidarity: Treat others as I want to be treated, and Theme #4:Success or failure: Cheating throughout the program; you may only be cheating yourself. The study gave voice to students’ stories of academic misconduct. Participants in the study revealed intimate stories of their experience with academic misconduct. The stories contribute to a deeper understanding of AD nursing students' experience with academic misconduct. The study findings have implications education, practice, and research.

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Nursing Commons