Nurses have once again been rated the highest among professionals for honesty and ethics in the US, a recent Gallup poll has found. It’s the 18th time Americans have bestowed this honour on nurses.
According to Gallup’s Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll, 85% of Americans said nurses had ‘very high’ or ‘high’ standards of honesty and ethics. The number is a slight increase on the 84% recorded in the 2018 poll.
Medical professionals ranked high
Alongside nurses, medical professionals consistently rank higher than other professions when it comes to honesty and ethics.
Americans have a high regard for all healthcare professionals. At least six in 10 US adults believe medical doctors, pharmacists and dentists have high levels of honesty and ethics. Only engineers rank higher than medical doctors, and only by 1%.
Part of this is the fact that nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals are required to build trusting relationships with a range of stakeholders. Open, honest and empathic communication is central to the success of patient-centred approaches to healthcare.
2020 is the Year of the Nurse
The new Gallup poll comes as the world is celebrating 2020 as the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’. Designated by the World Health Organization, this year represents the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
The poll is a reflection on the amazing work nurses do around the world. Nurses are critical to safe and effective primary care and are often the first point of contact a person has with a healthcare system.
President of the American Nursing Association Ernst Grant said it was a great way to welcome in the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’.
“I am extremely proud that nurses everywhere have been bestowed this wonderful accolade by the people whose lives they touch every day. The fact that nurses have been consistently voted the most honest and ethical professionals is a testament to the public’s trust.”
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