Another Year at the Top

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
It shouldn’t be a surprise that nurses again rank at the top of the most trusted professions list (85% of 1,015 respondents rank nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high.”). Nurses have ranked #1 for 13 of the past 14 years that the Gallup survey has been conducted (in 2001, firefighters were ranked higher than nurses). And it shouldn’t be a surprise that car salespeople rank lowest (8%). Members of Congress also are at the bottom (10%); they’ve never fared well in the 36 years of these ratings, except for 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

These results are from Gallup's November 26-29, 2012 update of the perceived honesty and ethical standards of professions. Survey respondents rated each profession on a five-point honesty and ethical scale ranging from "very high" to "very low."

Pharmacists rank #2 behind nurses in receiving “very high” ratings (75%) and physicians rank third, at 70%. Healthcare providers as a group were perceived to be more honest and have higher ethical standards than HMO Managers and insurance agents. Makes complete sense to me!

Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN, APRN-BC, OCN, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN, APRN-BC, OCN, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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