Student perceptions of academic dishonesty and clinical integrity were explored in this qualitative study, with Bandura’s social learning theory utilized as the primary framework for the study and Kohlberg’s theory of moral development as the secondary framework. A basic qualitative methodology was employed to answer the research question: what are student perceptions of moral beliefs and their actions related to ethical decision making in a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program? The target population was junior or senior year nurses in a four-year BSN program. The sample included 17 students who met the inclusion criteria. Participants were asked 17 open-ended interview questions to gain insight into their perceptions of academic dishonesty and clinical integrity. Interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed manually to provide further immersion in the data. Data analysis and collection occurred simultaneously and was inductive and comparative. During data analysis, five themes emerged, each with subthemes which were identified through supporting narrative comments from participant interviews. The five identified themes were used to answer the research question and included: student perceptions of academic dishonesty, student perceptions of clinical integrity, student perceptions of moral beliefs, student perceptions of ethical decision making, and student perceptions of what influenced academic dishonesty. This study adds to the current body of knowledge of nursing literature regarding academic dishonesty and clinical integrity. Results could provide assistance to higher education institutions to solve problems involving academic dishonest behaviors on college campuses. This study builds on the current literature and serves as a foundation for future research to solve this decades old problem.
|Advisor:||Larson, Mark, Guerrazzi, Elaine|
|Commitee:||Onderdonk, James, Orizondo-Harding, Yolanda|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Adult education, Nursing, Health education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Academic dishonesty, Cheating, Clinical integrity, Nursing, Qualitative research, Student perceptions|
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