Online market for buying nursing degree essays bigger than ever, academics warn

Nursing Standard investigations find cheating a growing concern and dozens of websites offering ‘original’ coursework for sale. 

Nursing Standard investigations find cheating a growing concern and dozens of websites offering ‘original’ coursework for sale.

Plagiarism, or submitting unacknowledged work as your own, is by far the biggest reason nursing students face disciplinary action while on pre-registration nursing courses, according to an exclusive survey by Nursing Standard.

The 52 UK universities that returned data to Nursing Standard under the Freedom of Information Act recorded 2,752 cases of academic misconduct among nursing students over the past four academic years.

Of these, more than three quarters (79%) were cases of plagiarism.

Cheating among nursing students is of growing concern in academia, says plagiarism expert Thomas Lancaster: ‘It is not a brand new issue, but the scale of the problem has increased in recent years.’