NRS 430 Topic 1 DQ 2
DQ 2 :Describe two things you will do to ensure academic integrity in your Student Success Center
List three examples of plagiarism and discuss how plagiarizing as a student affects the
integrity of a baccalaureate degree, the public perception of the nursing profession, and
evidence-based practice. Describe two things you will do to ensure academic integrity in
your Student Success Center – Tools Specific View – Academic Integrity (academic-integrity)
So, what is plagiarism? Plagiarism is defined as The practice of taking someone else's
work or ideas and passing them off as one own (Faulkner, 2018). The integrity of a
baccalaureate degree as well as a nursing license is based on the perception of other
people. Trust is a reflection on the sincerity and virtue of the nursing profession. If that
trust is broken, then the public perception of nearly anything brought forth by a
healthcare provider will be questioned. By correctly using and bringing evidence-based
practice (EBP) to the forefront of healthcare, lives can be changed for the better.
One example of plagiarism is called unintentional plagiarism. This can occur by
incorrectly citing references or poor paraphrasing. (Faulkner, 2018). This often happens
because of a lack of knowledge or understanding. By utilizing the many resources
provided by GCU and seeking help, this type of plagiarism can be avoided.
Another example of plagiarism is defined as a person who knowingly copied the work
of another individual and purposefully omitted credit to the original author to take credit
for the ideas (Faulkner, 2018). As opposed to unintentional plagiarism, this type can be
perceived as more malicious and calculated.
A third example, which is actually quite common, is paraphrasing. This occurs when the
writer make(s) minor changes and use others' writing (https:\\libguides.lindsey.edu).
Changing the words around or using synonyms can be considered this type of
plagiarism. The writer in this instance is not expressing any new ideas.
There are many tools available to GCU students to avoid plagiarism and ensure
academic integrity. One way is to utilize the GCU online library and databases. Many
tutorials are available through the student success center. The writing center offers help
in research, writing, templates as well as faculty that are able to assist at any point in
the writing process. Another way I can ensure academic integrity is by evaluating
websites that are used in research as sources. Guidelines that were put forth include
ensuring Authority, Accuracy, Objectivity, Currency, and Coverage (lc.gcumedia.com).
These guidelines provide a starting point in verifying the integrity of websites that may
be used for EBP.
These are just a couple of ways I can maintain my integrity through my academic
growth and I look forward to exploring many more.