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Nurses are still America’s most trusted professionals

Americans trust nurses more than any other professionals. Nurses have topped Gallup’s list every year since they were first included in 1999—except for 2001 when they were briefly replaced by fire fighters.

Members of Congress were the least trusted professionals. Sixty-four percent of Americans rated politicians as having low or very low honesty and ethical standards, tying the record for lowest any profession has ever measured.

The honesty and ethical standards of nurses, pharmacists, and medical doctors were listed as the top three on Gallup’s poll.

“The public’s continued trust in nurses is well-placed, and reflects an appreciation for the many ways nurses provide expert care and advocacy,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN in a statement. “Major national policy initiatives also show trust in nurses. The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Nursing recommendations call on nurses to take more leadership roles and collaborate fully with other professionals in providing essential healthcare to a growing number of people who will have greater access to services.”

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Rebecca Hendren About the Author: Rebecca Hendren is product manager for the nursing group at HCPro, where she oversees new product development focused on training and education resources for nurse managers and nursing professional development specialists. Contact Rebecca at rhendren@hcpro.com.

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