Cheating Classmate in Nursing School…….. To tell or not to tell?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
2892 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
239 posts
Helper bee

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
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

report her

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
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d report her since there’s a paper trail leading to you.

Post # 12
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

This is about the future well being of patients. You cannot stand by and let this woman eventually nurse the sick.

Post # 13
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • 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. 

Report her.

Post # 14
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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.  

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