For the 14th consecutive year, nursing ranks highest on Gallup’s list of the most trusted professions in the U.S. According to their annual poll that rated honesty and ethics in various fields, 85% of Americans gave nurses “high” or “very high” ratings.
According to Gallup, nurses have ranked highest on this poll "every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." Other professions that were rated highly on this year's poll included pharmacists, medical doctors, high school teachers, and police officers.
“It’s essential that we leverage this trust to lead and implement change in the health care system,” said Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). “Hospitals, health care systems and other organizations are lacking an important perspective and can’t make fully competent decisions if they don’t have registered nurses at the board table or in the C-Suite. That’s why ANA is a member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, working to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.”
In keeping with this, earlier this year ANA deemed 2015 as the “Year of Ethics.” Recognizing the importance of ethics in all aspects of nursing practice, ANA has also released a revised code of ethics for the profession, the first since 2001.
Please join us in recognizing the outstanding integrity of nurses this and every year. Find out more about our nursing resources at www.jblearning.com/nursing.