According to Gallup’s annual poll about honesty and ethical standards among various fields, many Americans trust their healthcare providers to be honest and ethical.
Medical professionals took the top three spots of the poll. At the very top of the results, by a wide margin, nurses rank first with an overwhelming 84% of respondents rating nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “high” or “very high”. The annual poll marks the 15th consecutive year that nurses have been ranked the most trusted out of a wide spectrum of the 22 professions listed. Pharmacists came in second with a 67% rating, while medical doctors ranked third with a 65% positive rating followed by engineers, and dentists. Members of congress was ranked last on the list with 59% of Americans rating their honesty and ethical standards as “low” or “very low”.
The poll validates the trust nurses in the field have developed between themselves and the patients they serve.
“Trust plays an important role in the relationship between nurses and the patients we serve,”
says American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN in a released statement. “ANA encourages nurses to draw on that trust to engage with consumers to improve their health and to advocate for patients and for the quality of care in this country. Additionally, I challenge those charged with making health policy at the facility, local, state and national levels, to include the trusted voice of nurses at the decision-making table. Based on this survey, no other profession is held in as high regard by the public. And given nursing’s frontline perspective on health care delivery, we offer a point of view that is unmatched.”