As students, plagiarism is an academic misconduct so isn't this a professional misconduct when we now have now joined a profession? But what are the consequences? When you are a nurse and you have been plagiarised by another nurse what do you do? Do you tell your employer? Do you tell the peer-reviewed journal? Do you tell the NMC? The Nursing Code states under "Promoting Professionalism and practice" that we "should be a model of integrity and leadership for others to aspire to". Then, we probably should ask ourselves, is plagiarism a mark of lack of integrity? Are those that plagiarised being a model of good leadership to others? And if peer-reviewed journals forbid one that has plagiarised to publish in their journal, what reassurance we have that the person has learned with their mistakes and won't do it again in another journal? I have been plagiarised, twice.
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It is time to be more altruist and work towards one common goal. The image of nursing as a profession that comes together and works together, that has no country boundaries. Let's remember that any gain or lost that any of us makes, irrespectively of which country we live in, is ultimately and advantage and a lesson for all of us. This is why I think the Royal College of Nursing should re-join the International Council of Nursing. It's not about me. It's about all of us and this is why I'm #oneof100.
Last week I travelled to Birmingham and gave a keynote speech at the Student Leadership Programme from the Council of Deans. My preparation for this speech was an exercise of reflection, a profound introspection with my personal and professional experiences, challenges and achievements. As a nurse you always have the power to inspire and motivate …