Concept Analysis of Integrity in Nursing Students (PDF)

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Running head: INTEGRITY IN NURSING STUDENTS1Concept Analysis of Integrity in Nursing StudentsStudent’s NameInstitutional Affiliation
CONCEPT ANALYSIS OF INTEGRITY IN NURSING STUDENTS2Concept Analysis of Integrity in Nursing StudentsIntroductionA concept is a general idea arrived from a personal perception of the different events in agiven environment. In the nursing world, application of concept analysis is gaining grounds andis becoming accepted as paradigms of practice. According to McEwen and Wills (2014), use ofconcept analysis offers some sort of structure and organization to nursing knowledge as well asproviding a systematic method of acquiring data used to describe, elaborate or predict nursingpractice. In the nursing field, concepts can use phrases, statements or just but a simple word.Variables are used alongside these concepts to help validate theories and hypotheses. Conceptscan be applied in research, education and or in administration.Concept analysis as used and adopted by Christine and Elizabeth (2018), authors of thearticle Integrity in Nursing Students aimed at clarifying the concept of integrity among nursingstudents. According to Gallop polls, honesty and ethical attributes by the nursing professionalsare consistently ranked the highest nationwide. This comes through efforts. The AmericanNurses Associations has severally challenged the nurses to value their nursing profession throughdemonstration of character that preserves integrity. The International Council of Nurses is notleft out when it comes to emphasizing the desirable code of conduct that comes with the nursingprofession. Encompassed in the code of conduct is respect, compassion, trust, responsiveness,and integrity. Wilk and Bowllan, (2011) note that practicing nurses value integrity and as such,nursing students should emulate their counterparts to maintain the reputation.The call to nursing students is placed because it is evident that these qualities arenonexistent. In today’s world, cheating in examinations and plagiarizing of the assignments isdominant in almost every learning institution. Further, these students rarely prepare for clinical
CONCEPT ANALYSIS OF INTEGRITY IN NURSING STUDENTS3assessment as well as providing false documents to a patient’s chart. This is a global problemthough and has become such common that it is no longer perceived as immoral or dishonesty.The causes of academic dishonesty are the desire to succeed, contest for grade-basedscholarships and lack of organization skills by the students. Cheating is viewed by themillennials as acceptable and the discussion has become more fluid on what is ethical or not.Method of AnalysisThe eight-step procedure by Walker and Avant was used to analyze the differentattributes advocated by the nursing professions. The procedure employees a sequentialframework for the analysis. It involves choosing a concept, outlining the purpose of the review,identifying the possible applications of the analysis, determining traits, distinguishing modelcases, coming up with antecedents and the likely consequences and finally describing thereferents empirically (Theart, & Smit, 2012).Literature for the research was conducted using Cumulative Index for Nursing and AlliedHealth (CINAHL) and the Social Science Index (SocINDEX). Literature reports that cheatingand plagiarism is prevalent in college students. Further investigation was conducted to clarifyany connection between integrity and vices of cheating lying and plagiarism. Literature fromdifferent subjects was used for the analysis and included radiological science, pharmacy,criminal justice, physician assistants, engineering, law and business studies. Out of the 13selected articles, nine illustrated application of the theory in non-medical fields. However, thetheory had not been performed before. Of the 648 articles that showed a positive result forintegrity only 18 were relevant to this analysis.
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