NURS3100 Issues/Trends in Nursing
Week 5 Assignment
Maintaining Academic Integrity by Avoiding Plagiarism
In Week 3,
you reviewed the Academic Integrity portion of Walden’s Code of Conduct and
signed a Promise to Practice According to Walden’s Code for Academic Integrity.
As a nurse, you are empowered by practicing with the HIGHEST standards in both
your nursing and academic writing practices.
you will learn about plagiarism and ways to strengthen your academic writing
integrity. As a future nurse scholar-practitioner, you want to have the
skill-set to successfully propose changes for quality and safety in healthcare.
Your integrity in the collection and sharing of this evidence is foundational
to successfully support your propositions to change practice.
You want to
be adequately prepared to successfully propose changes for quality and safety
in healthcare. Your integrity in the collection and sharing of this evidence is
foundational to successfully support your propositions to change practice.
to the Walden Writing Center (2017), plagiarism is when an author represents
someone else's intellectual property as his or her own work. Authors are most
commonly at risk of plagiarizing when they fail to adequately cite the original
source material from which they took words and ideas. Plagiarism can occur in
many forms and can range from a lack of citations to incorrect paraphrasing or
actual direct copy and pasting of a source's phrasing into another author's own
paper. (para 1)
Key ways to
avoid plagiarizing are as follows:
your sources. Paraphrasing means rewriting your source’s content into your own
words and NOT using direct quotes or cutting and pasting from sources.
the reading material. Throughout your program, focus on synthesizing more than
paraphrasing. Thus, by graduation, you will be at the point where you can
collect all pertinent sources for evidence, read and think about the material,
and then synthesize those readings into your OWN words. Again, this process
does NOT include the use of direct quotes.
the same level of integrity as you practice your nursing obligations. Cheating
is taken seriously at Walden and consequences include expulsion from the
program. As a BSN student, avoid plagiarism in your assignments in the
Do not use
that academic writing is about putting forth scholarly opinions in your own
words. Provide proof of those opinions by paraphrasing and synthesizing
material from scholarly research and professional experts. Throughout the
program, focus on synthesizing more than paraphrasing so by graduation you will
be at the point where you can collect all pertinent sources of evidence, read
and think about the material, and then synthesize those readings into your own
words. This process does not include the use of direct quotes.
to someone else’s ideas and writings by citing and referencing in APA style.
of your assignments to Safe Assign Drafts prior to submitting them for grading.
Writing Center’s section on Plagiarism found at
Center has developed a Plagiarism Checklist to assist students in
double-checking their work and scholarship practices to avoid plagiarism.
Download the plagiarism checklist below and use it for each assignment to
establish good academic integrity practices!
Writing Center’s section on Paraphrasing and watch the video on Paraphrasing
Writing Center’s section on Synthesizing and watch the video on Synthesizing
found at http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/evidence/synthesis
Assignment, a) describe how you will avoid plagiarism in your submitted assignments;
and b) discuss how paraphrasing and synthesizing professional literature
strengthens your future nurse scholar-practitioner practice.