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Nurses rank as most trusted profession — again — in Gallup poll

Tuesday December 17, 2013
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Nurses continue their reign atop Gallup’s annual poll of which professions the public views as most trustworthy.

Nurses topped the poll for the 12th straight year and 14th year in the 15 years Gallup has included nurses in the poll. The only exception in that stretch was 2001, when firefighters led the poll in the wake of their rescue efforts after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Since 2005, more than 80% of Americans have rated nurses as having “high” or “very high” honesty and ethical standards. Their rating for 2013 was 82%, placing them ahead of pharmacists (70%), grade school teachers (70%), MDs (69%) and military officers (69%).

Nurses “advocate on patients’ behalf whether we are at the bedside or in the boardroom,” Karen A. Daley, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association, said in a news release. “Patients understand that nurses are committed to improving the quality of their care, and this poll reflects the high regard they have for the profession.”

RNs increasingly are recognized as leaders in transforming the healthcare system to meet the burgeoning demand for prevention, wellness and primary care services with a focus on improving quality and managing costs, the ANA noted.

In addition to their clinical expertise, they are being sought out to serve in a variety of new roles, such as care coordinators and wellness coaches, and in leadership roles.

“We could not be more proud of the trust and confidence of the public,” Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United, said in a news release.

“Patients and their families count on nurses when they are their moment of greatest vulnerability and need, and expect us to advocate for them, even when it means confronting a hospital manager or challenging an insurance directive to reduce that level of care. For nurses that is a sacred trust we will never abandon.”

As millions of Americans gain access to health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the ANA stated, the association and its constituent and state nurses associations will continue to advocate for measures that will allow the public to benefit fully from nurses’ skills and expertise.

The bottom three professions in the 2013 poll were car salespeople (9%), members of Congress (8%) and lobbyists (6%). This year’s poll was conducted Dec. 5-8 among 1,031 adults covering all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Gallup news release: www.gallup.com/poll/166298/honesty-ethics-rating-clergy-slides-new-low.aspx

ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses: http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/EthicsStandards/CodeofEthicsforNurses


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