www.Nurse.com is naturally excited about this news: in Gallup’s annual survey that ranks occupations by their perceived honesty and ethical standards, nurses finished as the most trusted profession for the 11th time in 12 years.
According to the survey, 81% of respondents believe nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are “high” or “very high.”
“It’s extremely gratifying to know that the public continues to hold the profession in such high esteem,” American Nurses Association President Karen J. Daley, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, said in a news release. “The public’s high regard for the profession, coupled with nurses’ education and skills, makes nurses well-positioned to play a major role in the transformation of the nation’s healthcare system.”
The Institute of Medicine recently released a comprehensive report calling for a larger role for nurses in providing patient-centered care in a reformed healthcare system.
Survey results are based on telephone interviews with 1,000 adults. Nurses were first included in the Gallup poll in 1999 and have received the highest ranking every year except 2001, when firefighters took first place.
To see the Gallup poll, go to http://www.gallup.com/poll/145043/Nurses-Top-Honesty-Ethics-List-11-Year.aspx.