Post # 1
I am a senior nursing student and I just had a very difficult exam last wednesday (4/2). I studied extensively for this test for weeks, literally for hours each day. It was by far one of the hardest tests I’ve had thus far in the program. Thankfully I got a 95 on it!
There is a girl in class (who I’ve had classes with before) who is a pathological liar. She has missed tests in previous classes and has had to take makeup exams, while getting all the answers for it from other classmates. She has also missed 5 out of 9 clinical days this semseter and claimed she is sick (meanwhile she is posing pictures of her outings every weekend on facebook….. yeah she looks real sick..) yet the clinical instructor is being nice and having her make it up through paperwork assignments (not fair IMO).
Anyway, she applied for a job at the hospital I work at so she texted me today saying she was going in for orientation today. Then she proceeded to tell me that she is scared for the exam which she will be taking next wednesday because everyone said it was hard. She asked me how I did. I said it was hard but I managed to get a 95 by studying my ass off. She was like “You got a 95?!?! I am going to send you something, check your email”….
So I check my email and she sent me a complete list of every single question on the exam which she claims someone sent her. They had the answers next to the questions but many of them were wrong. She then explains in the email “Someone sent this to me but they got much lower than a 95 so can you check which answers are wrong for me and can you tell me the right answers?” I was furious….. I spent FOREVER studying for this impossible test which many people FAILED, and she hasn’t even studied AT ALL and is busy partying and going to bars every night yet she wants me to give her the answers? I also wondered how someone got all the answers for the test…. they must have taken pics of it or something to give it to her…
I was thinking of emailing my professor to tell her to change the makeup exam because this girl is getting all the answers, but my boyfriend said to lay off and to not get involved. It really REALLY bothers me that this girl is slipping through the cracks of nursing school. She is incompetent and should never become a nurse. I fear anyone who is under her care. Thankfully she will proably not pass the boards but who knows maybe she’ll find a way to cheat through that too.
Should I tell on her or just let it go?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I would print the email and her request then provide it to the professor ASAP. Let the professor decide how she wants to handle the situation. If you don’t report her and the conversation is reported by someone else, you may have to defend yourself for cheating as well. It’s typically a violation of school rules not to report cheating. Check your student handbook if you’re not sure.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
beachbride1216: I second this. You don’t want to get caught up in her mess in case someone else reports this!
Comgrats on your hardwork & fantastic score though 🙂
Post # 4
I agree with beachbride1216. Just for having that email and not coming forward you may get in trouble in case someone else decides to report her and your name comes up. You should cover your ass now in case anything pops up in the future. People like that make me angry >.<
Post # 5
Stranger516: I know that you are stil a student, but an easy way to deal with situations like this is to put patient protection above all. It is the standard by which you will make many decisions after you graduate. I agree with the pp. I would print out the email and take it to the prof. I would also tell the prof that she is being oriented at the hospital. Let them handle it from there.
Post # 6
Stranger516: the college I went to had an honor code. If you knew about but didn’t report cheating, you would be brought before the honor board (and probably kicked out).
You’re involved since you opened the email. Report her.
Post # 7
this is the most annoying thing ever!!!!!!!!! We had a student just like that and someone ended up telling the professor someone had been cheating so to change the exams. The girl eventually got caught and kicked out of the program because she got caught. I understand you frustration I’ve been there.If you don’t feel comfortable bringing it up just remember when it comestime to take her boards which I doubt she makes it that far she most likely wont pass. Scary to know someone like that is your nurse.
Post # 8
Ugh, how annoying! Congrats on your great exam score though! I’m taking prereqs to apply for schools next year and even the prereqs are hard!
If I were you I would soooo want to just ignore what happened… people have a way of hanging themselves without you dirtying your hands. If she had just asked you for the answers, that’s one thing. But sending you an email with the test attached got you involved. If she gets caught by someone else, you may get somehow implicated, or at least you’ll have to explain why you didn’t come forward right away.
I would go to my professor in person, show her the email and turn the situation over to her. You should be able to request that your name not be brought up to the cheater.
Post # 9
she cant pass these standardized tests
she most likely wont be able to pass the state wide exam for her license
which will prompt her to cheat somehow
then she will endanger someones life in the long run because she didnt properly learn anything in nursing school
Post # 10
Aside from the cheating aspect, this person will ultimately be directly involved in the well being of people. Would you want a nurse who is not competent taking care of someone who is possibly on the brink of death? If she can’t pass the tests on her own she doesn’t need to be a nurse. Print the email and turn it all in.
Post # 11
I’d report her since there’s a paper trail leading to you.
Post # 12
This is about the future well being of patients. You cannot stand by and let this woman eventually nurse the sick.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
Would you want her as your nurse? Or the nurse of anyone you love?
This isn’t just about the ethics of cheating or “snitching.” This is literally life or death. Add to that the fact that you could be implicated in all of this simply by having that exam on your email? Soooo not worth it.
Post # 14
At this point they would probably consider you involved even though you haven’t given her answers. I would definitely pass this email on to the professor.
When we were given make up exams in college we were always given something different to prevent things like this.
Post # 15
You have to forward her email (with the attached exam question list) straight to the professor. Otherwise you could be seen as complicit when the inevitable shit hits the fan.