Promoting Original Writing with Nursing Students

Promoting Original Writing for Undergraduate Freshman and Graduate Nursing Students

Jennifer Schroeder

Assistant Professor Millikin University, Illinois

"On a college campus, we try to promote independent thought and ethical reasoning. We want them to become a better person while they’re here."

For Schroeder, teaching academic integrity is really about engaging students and having them take more ownership of their work. She teaches developmental writing and kicks off the school year with an academic integrity bootcamp: "We try to offer them a little bit more assistance as they get on campus, both in getting incorporated into college life as well as learning a little bit more about our expectations of them." Even her graduate students benefit from a reminder about proper research practices: "research had changed so much since they had last done it."

Schroeder assigns case studies where students receive information about a patient, and then need to support the way that they would react to or treat the patient with information from the literature. "The first couple of times students do that they’re very likely to just go to a source and copy it word for word and throw a citation at the end of that." Turnitin helps her students see when they are plagiarizing, intentionally or not, and correct their work.

Turnitin Feedback Studio allows Schroeder to have more productive conversations about writing with her students. "If you just say “don’t plagiarize,” they don’t understand what that means." The practices her students learn in the classroom will apply to their professional careers: "On a college campus, we try to promote independent thought and ethical reasoning. We want them to become a better person while they’re here. And without academic integrity, you can’t have that. We want students to be proud of the work that they’ve done, and I want them to gain knowledge and grow as an individual as they go throughout the course. Otherwise, an assignment is simply meaningless busywork."