Plagiarism governance in nurse education: dispositions, dimensions and tensions

Marion Welsh

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The reality of managing plagiarism in nurse education is indicative of multilayered and cumulative governance processes, which exist to fit with the needs of both the higher education institution and that of the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body. However, the relationship between these entities is diffuse, particularly when this involves major plagiarism by post-qualified learners. This study sought to explore the strategic governance of plagiarism in Scottish higher education institutions offering nurse education and its articulation with the professional requirements of nurse education. The design involved a retrospective quantitative documentary analysis of plagiarism policies within 11 Scottish higher education institutions and a national on-line survey involving nurse educators with an active teaching role (n = 187). The documentary analysis demonstrated deficits and variations in how Scottish higher education institutions communicated the dimensions of plagiarism, and its subsequent management. Statistically significant findings from the on-line survey provided a clear mandate for educational providers to make visible the connectivity between organisational and professional governance processes to support responsive and proportional approaches to managing plagiarism by nurse learners. Significant findings also confirmed role implications and responsibilities, which nurse educators in this study, viewed as primarily pedagogical but crucially remain professionally centric.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Early online date7 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Policy and practice
  • Fitness to practise
  • Professional education and nurse learners
  • Plagiarism governance
  • Plagiarism
  • Quantitative
  • Nurse educators
  • Cross-sectional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Nursing


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