Americans have tons of respect for nurses …
Americans really, really respect nurses. At least that’s what they told Gallup during its latest annual survey on honesty and ethics by profession, with nurses nabbing the top spot once again. It’s a feat they’ve managed in 10 out of the last 11 years.
In all, 81% of the 1,037 American adults surveyed via telephone in November said nurses ranked “very high” or “high” in honesty and ethical standards. The only year nurses haven’t nabbed the top honor since the profession was included in the survey was 2001, when firefighters were No. 1 in the wake of 9/11.
“It’s extremely gratifying to know that the public continues to hold the profession in such high esteem,” Karen Daley, president of the American Nurses Association, said in a news release.
What about doctors, you ask? Well, they came in fifth in the latest ranking, with 66% ranking them “very high” or “high.” Druggists or pharmacists nabbed the No. 3 spot, with 71%.
Outliers would be remiss if we didn’t note that the only journalists on the list—TV and newspaper reporters— came in 13th (23%) and 14th (22%), respectively. But hey, they beat out members of Congress (9%) and car salespeople and lobbyists, in a tie for last place at 7%. We’re sure snarky healthcare columnists would rank MUCH higher than that.
Nurses are tops in honesty and ethics, per Gallup.