Module 3 (Weeks 4-5): Academic and Professional Integrity
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Quiz: APA Style and Format
As a nurse embarking on an advanced degree, you are developing the characteristics of a scholar-practitioner, which include strong communication skills. Writing in a scholarly manner involves supporting your thoughts with evidence from the literature and appropriately using APA formatting.
One of the challenges of scholarly writing is paraphrasing the thoughts of others in your work. Paraphrasing, and correctly citing the original author for his or her ideas, allows you to take the ideas of others, summarize them, and incorporate them into your own writing. When summarizing the ideas of others, it is important to avoid plagiarizing (i.e., copying the words and ideas of others as though they were your own). In addition to expanding your knowledge of APA Style, this modules’s Learning Resources help you distinguish between paraphrasing and plagiarizing.
This Quiz will help you determine how your understanding of these concepts and prepardness to reflect them in your work. The questions presented on the Quiz are derived from the Resources related to APA writing standards, plagiarism, and academic integrity.
Assignment: Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Part 3: Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics
Nurse-scholars have a significant obligation to their community as well. Their work must have academic and professional integrity. Their efforts are designed to add to the body of knowledge, advance the profession, and ultimately help in the care of patients. Work that lacks integrity is subject to erode quickly or worse.
Fortunately, there are strategies and tools that can help ensure integrity in academic and professional work. This Assignment asks you to consider these tools and how you might apply them to your own work.
In this Assignment you will continue developing your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan by appending the original document you began in the previous assignment.
- Reflect on the strategies presented in the Resources for this Module in support of academic style, integrity, and scholarly ethics.
- Reflect on the connection between academic and professional integrity.
Part 3, Section 1: Writing Sample: The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity
Using the Academic and Professional Success Development Template you began in Module 1 and expanded in Module 2, write a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis that includes the following:
- Explanation for the relationship between academic integrity and writing
- Explanation for the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics
- Cite at least two resources that support your arguments, being sure to use proper APA formatting.
- Use Grammarly and SafeAssign to improve the product.
- Explain how Grammarly, Safe Assign, and paraphrasing contributes to academic integrity.
Part 3, Section 2: Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work
Expand on your thoughts from Section 1 by:
- identifying and describing strategies you intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of your: (1) academic work as a student of the MSN program and (2) professional work as a nurse throughout your career. Include a review of resources and approaches you propose to use as a student and a professional.
Note: Add your work for this Assignment to the original document you began in the Module 1 Assignment, which was built from the Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template.
By Day 7 of Week 5
Submit both Section 1 and Section 2 of Part 3.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
- Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK5Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
- Click the Week 5 Assignment Rubric to review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
- Click the Week 5 Assignment link. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
- Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK5Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
- If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
- Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
Week 3 | Part 3: Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics
I have analyzed the relationship between academic integrity and writing, as well as the relationship between professional practices and scholarly ethics. I have also identified strategies I intend to pursue to maintain integrity and ethics of my academic work while a student of the MSN program, as well as my professional work as a nurse throughout my career. The results of these efforts are shared below
Part 1: Writing Sample: The Connection Between Academic and Professional Integrity
Students engage in various writing processes in which they are required to analyze, explain, and synthesize already existing information. Using the research in one’s work should be properly cited to avoid plagiarism and follow students’ ethical standards. Integrity, in general, relates to possessing good moral character, be honest, and uphold ethical values. Academic integrity has a fundamental role in education and acts as a foundation for preparing successful students (Keener, Peralta, Smith, Swager, Ingles, Wen & Barbier). Academic integrity means being honest, trustful, respectful, responsible, and fair in academic work. It relates to all aspects of academic life, including writing scholarly papers, submitting assignments, participating in discussion forums, communicating with other students, etc. Given a large amount of writing that students have to do, academic integrity becomes essential. When writing, students should be honest when using others’ work and cite it properly. It is disrespectful to use others’ work as one’s own. It is also unfair and distrustful to copy other authors’ work and present it to the professor as the original.
Professional practice reflects the commitment of healthcare employees to provide patient care by upholding ethical values, establishing caring relations with the patient and patients’ families, being accountable to use specialized knowledge, and basing decisions on evidence. Glassman (2016) notes that professional practice gives meaning to the work of nurses and reminds them that patient and their families are at the center of practice. Scholarly ethics is interconnected with professional practice. It relates to moral and academic integrity when performing research. An individual who follows the values of scholarly ethics has a big potential to be successful in professional practice. Following academic integrity and moral standards, allows an individual to act in a responsible, fair, and honest manner. In professional practice, these values are highly important, considering the big importance of patients and their families. Also, the nurse collaborates with other healthcare professionals, which also requires establishing and maintaining honest relations. If the nurse fails to act responsibly and honestly when providing patient care, then the quality of care can be strongly impacted in negative terms.
Numerous tools help students to improve their coursework. Grammarly helps to identify grammatical errors and improve the quality of work before submitting it to the professor. It allows the student to realize errors, correct them, and learn from mistakes. Safe Assign, on the other hand, shows which parts of work are close to containing plagiarism. It checks whether the student took words, phrases, or sentences from other authors’ work. As a result, the student can identify errors and make sure the work was written fairly and honestly, following the standards set by academic integrity. Paraphrasing, for example, is a technique to combine others’ words with their understanding. It helps to decrease the chance of submitting plagiarized work, though citing the primary author is essential. If the Safe Assign score is high, then the student did not take advantage of paraphrasing. Thus, it is a warning sign for the author to paraphrase or modify sentences and use in-text citations.
Glassman, K.S. (2016). Developing and Implementing a Professional Practice Model. Nurs Sci
Q. 29(4), 336-9. doi: 10.1177/0894318416662928.
Keener, T. A., Galvez Peralta, M., Smith, M., Swager, L., Ingles, J., Wen, S., & Barbier, M.
(2019). Student and faculty perceptions: appropriate consequences of lapses in academic integrity in health sciences education. BMC medical education, 19(1), 209. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1645-4
PART 2: Strategies for Maintaining Integrity of Work
One strategy for maintaining integrity and ethics of academic work while a student of the MSN program is to spend a considerable amount of time on student initiatives and course work. I am not going to leave papers and other work to the last minute. Instead, I will start planning each week on Sunday and work on papers as soon as I can. Time will allow to create better results and turn in papers that have higher quality. Time will help to reread and reconsider different parts and have multiple drafts before finalizing the work. Another strategy is to use Grammarly and SafeAssign tools to improve the quality of work and make sure I express high academic integrity. Before turning in each work, I will use these tools and create new drafts. Additionally, I will use the resources provided by the university to further increase the quality of the final draft.
⦁ To maintain integrity and ethics in professional work as a nurse, I will prepare a brief checklist and keep it on my phone and in my daily notebook, if needed. The questions will include five components of maintaining academic integrity: fairness, honesty, responsibility, trust, and respect. For example, one question will be: “Is it fair to your colleagues?” When I face a dilemma at work and do not know how to act, I will quickly consult the checklist. If the answers are definitely “Yes”, then I will act. If the answer is “Maybe” or “No”, I will rethink how I should proceed with my decision.