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Nurses once again ranked the most trusted and ethical profession in the U.S.

22 Dec

Nurse Talking To PatientOnce again, Americans say nurses are the most trusted profession in the country,  according to a Gallup poll released December 21.

Nurses have been first in the annual Honesty and Ethics Ranking every year since 2005.

“With an 85 percent honesty and ethics rating – tying their high point – nurses have no serious competition atop the Gallup ranking this year,” according to the national polling firm.

“Minnesota nurses are proud of the trust the public places in us,” said Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Hamilton. “People know that we are dedicated professionals who fight to make sure all patients receive the quality care they deserve.”

Here are the top five most trusted professions:

  1. Nurses
  2. Pharmacists
  3. Medical doctors
  4. High school teachers
  5. Police officers.

Gallup Poll: Nurses Top Honesty and Ethics List for 11th Year

7 Dec

From the December 3, 2010 Gallup Poll and story:

PRINCETON, NJ — Nurses continue to outrank other professions in Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics survey. Eighty-one percent of Americans say nurses have “very high” or “high” honesty and ethical standards, a significantly greater percentage than for the next-highest-rated professions, military officers and pharmacists. Americans rate car salespeople, lobbyists, and members of Congress as having the lowest honesty and ethics, with the last two getting a majority of “low” or “very low” ratings.

Gallup has asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of professions since 1976, and annually since 1991. Gallup first asked Americans to rate nurses in 1999, and that profession has topped the list since then in all but one year, 2001. Firefighters were added on a one-time basis in 2001 to test their image following reports of their heroism after the 9/11 terror attacks; they finished first, at 90%. Nurses still managed a strong 84% honesty and ethics rating that year, tying for their highest ever. Prior to 1999, clergy or pharmacists were usually the highest-rated professions. (For the list of top-rated professions by year, see page 2.)

There has been little meaningful change in the ratings of professions that are measured annually, compared with last year. To the extent there was change — as in the case of pharmacists (+5), police officers (-6), bankers (+4), and lawyers (+4) — the ratings have generally returned to the levels of two years ago.

All of which begs the question: Why do hospitals continue to essentially tell the public and members of the media that nurses are lying or exaggerating when it comes to the issue of unsafe staffing?