Avoiding plagiarism



Plagiarismrefers to the deliberate intentions of duplicating somebody else workand ideas without recognizing the source. It is a form of academicfraud and ought to be avoided at all costs. For nursing studentssubmitting non-plagiarized work is of paramount importance because itindicates a high level of integrity and honesty both professional andacademically. There are several ways to avoid plagiarism whichincludes note taking, paraphrasing and in text citation.


Plagiarismrefers to the deliberate intentions of duplicating somebody else workand ideas without recognizing the source (Neville, 2011). Forinstance, Paul Simon, an author, denounced the work of Ian Kelly, awell-known author for what he claimed to be plagiarism of his bookentitled “The Look.” He claimed to have found at least fortycases of his work being replicated by Kelly, in writing the memoir ofVivian West who is a popular fashion icon. Given that the memoir washighly anticipated by many people since it reflects her career in thefashion industry, it has tarnished the work of Vivian on the groundsof credibility. Vivian is facing a lawsuit, and there is apossibility that the memoir might be scrapped (Price, 2014).

Consequencesof plagiarism

Nursingstudents should uphold integrity in their profession. Sinceplagiarism contravenes this, students should avoid it as it taintsthem as being dishonest. A student acquires more knowledge in hisrespective field by avoiding plagiarism, and this enables him tolearn properly about the course work. For instance, when doing anassignment on literature review, he will have the opportunity tolearn more not only on the subject but also acquire skills such asorganization, time management and so on. Cheating in academic ishighly discouraged in the nursing profession as it portrays a badimage of a nurse and this can be detrimental to his career. Thus, anurse should uphold integrity on all grounds. As a nursing student,one portrays maturity when he or she does not cheat or involve inplagiarism. He or she thus follows the code of conduct which isimportant in shaping his career. Adhering to the moral codes isessential as one’s career is not put in question on ethical issues.Therefore, it is crucial for nursing students to uphold academicrectitude.

Waysto avoid plagiarism

Oneway to avoid plagiarism is by note taking (Asselin, 2013). Notetaking enables a nursing student to be more conversant with thesubject, and he can make comparisons without necessarily copyingdirectly from the source. Furthermore, for juxtaposition, it isessential to make notes using one color pen while using another toquote an author’s statement. This helps the student to distinguishbetween what is his and thus it will be beneficial to his assignment.

Anotherway to keep away from plagiarism is by paraphrasing (Smedley,Crawford, &amp Cloete, 2013). It is the act of writing an authors’work by using own words and is not considered as plagiarism becauseone acknowledges the source from which he acquired the information.Summarizing is also a good technique and it involves reducing a hugesection of an essay, chapter or text into key points that are ofparticular importance. More access to sources lowers the risk ofrepeating an author’s work.


Itis important to quote all relevant sources from which one used forhis assignment. These sources may include the Internet, books,journals, and newspaper articles and must be included in thereference list. For nursing students, avoiding plagiarism isparamount since it has adverse effects on one’s profession.Practicing good writing skills is very useful since they are easy toemploy.


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Price,B. (2014). Avoidingplagiarism: guidance for nursing students. Nursing Standard,28(26), 45-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/ns2014.

Smedley,A. Crawford, T. &amp Cloete L. (2013). “AnIntervention Aimed At Reducing Plagiarism in Undergraduate NursingStudents.NewYork: Routledge.