Finals are here, and that means that STRESS and (often) DESPERATION have also arrived. For some students, final exams represent a last ditch effort to pass their class, or even to continue their nursing program. Stress and desperation can make us do crazy things that we wouldn’t even consider doing under normal circumstances, which means that as a future nurse you have to be on your guard!
Since I’ve been an online tutor, I’ve noticed a few websites that allow people to buy, sell, or trade the answer keys for standardized exams such as the HESI or TEAS. Bad idea!
Character is defined by what you DO, not by what you think.
You would laugh at someone who said “Yeah, I’ve killed a few people, but overall I think I’m still a pretty good person.”
Same goes for cheating. Especially as a nurse. You have to have an even higher level of integrity, because you will be holding people’s lives in your hands someday. You have to prove yourself trustworthy in the small things, like taking an exam, before you earn the privilege of the title “nurse.”
There are a million excuses why people try to cheat by buying answer keys online (or a myriad of other cheating methods). Maybe you feel like the class was unfair, the teacher didn’t teach what they were supposed to, or they kept changing the criteria, so by “cheating” you’re really just evening the playing field. So (in your mind) it’s not really cheating at all.
Except it is.
Or maybe you feel a lot of pressure from family and friends to finally finish nursing school. You’ve invested a lot of time, energy, and money ($$$!), and now it’s all riding on a single exam. You know you could make a great nurse if only you could jump through that final “pointless” hurdle.
Except it’s not pointless.
Your character is defined by what you do, especially when you are under stress and feeling desperate. It’s easy to take the high road and do the right thing when you’re feeling relaxed and confident.
It’s when you’re under pressure that your true colors will shine through.
And when your true colors shine through…good or bad…your true character will be revealed. I’d rather have a nurse who took twice as long to get through school honestly, even if she scraped by with a “C,” than a so-called nurse who got through school by cheating and buying/trading answer keys. At least I can trust the honest nurse.
Well, that’s my little rant…any thoughts?
Nicole Whitworth is the founder of Your Nursing Tutor. She has a BSN and an MA in Clinical Psychology, and has been a professional nursing tutor for over 12+ years. Nicole specializes in getting nursing students through school confidently and calmly so that everything finally “clicks”. She is also the creator of the Silver Bullet Study System, an easy-to-follow study method that automatically trains your brain to become a nurse at the same time that you study for your normal nursing classes.