Poll rates nurses as most honest, ethical profession

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Nurses have been ranked as the most honest, ethical profession for the fourteenth straight year, a new poll from Gallup has found.

The poll, voted on by members of the public, found that 85% of people would rate nurses' honesty and ethical standards to be “very high or high.” Pharmacists were ranked as the second most honest profession, with 68% of people saying they rate their standards as high.

Nurses have topped Gallup's poll every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. Nursing fell to second place in 2001, when firefighters were included on the list for one year following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“It's essential that we leverage this trust to lead and implement change in the health care system,” said Pamela Cipriano, Ph.D., RN. “Hospitals, healthcare 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.”

The poll found lobbyists to be the least trusted profession, with 60% of respondents saying they believed lobbyists' ethical and honesty standards to be low or very low.