Gallup's Most Trusted Professions: Nursing Tops the List
May 1, 2014
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As a nurse, you share knowledge and support with a wide range of people every day. And while you get paid for your duties, you came to nursing because something inside you told you it was right. That something is recognized by others, too, which is why nursing is one of the most trusted professions according to Gallup's honesty and ethics poll.
Since 1999, the first year nurses were included in the poll, they have been the nation's most trusted professionals. Only firefighters ranked higher when Gallup added them on a one-time basis in 2001 in tribute to 9/11. For the latest poll, Gallup surveyed 1,031 Americans on the ethics and honesty of 22 professions. Respondents rated professions "very high," "high," "average," "low," "very low" or "no opinion." Eighty-two percent of the respondents rated nursing as very high or high, the strongest result by far. Pharmacists and grade school teachers ranked next at 70 percent.
Nursing Work Commands Respect
That reputation for trust is exactly what distinguishes the nursing industry from most others. Not everyone can care for extraordinarily sick people, tolerate body fluids, hold the hand of a very ill patient or comfort grieving families. Every day, nurses are seen working with difficult doctors and angry patients, yet stolidly pressing on with their work. Exceptions abound in any profession, but people revere a nurse's stamina.
Patients and their families know you are well-educated and highly skilled. Your professional strength and devotion to others is a staple of your career. Whether through a hospital, geriatric care, home health or a similar setting, patients realize their need for nurses; that sense of dependency develops a bond few professions can duplicate.
Nurses are recognized for the professionals they are. In the military, you're an officer. You might lead an agency, manage a nursing unit or facility, teach and conduct research or arrive in remote locations as a flight nurse. Having the title "RN" after your name offers strong credentials when you advocate for a patient or cause. Students constantly seek work among America's most trusted professions, and nursing is a regular on the list.
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