Nurses Continue to Top Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll

January 8th 2020
Jill Murphy, Assistant Editor
Jill Murphy, Assistant Editor

In general, medical professions rate highly in Americans’ assessments of honesty and ethics; at least 6 of 10 US adults say medical doctors, pharmacists, and dentists have high levels of these virtues.

Nurses were the highest among a list of professions rated by Americans by Gallup’s annual Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll, for the 18th consecutive year.1

Based on the 2019 poll, 85% of Americans feel that nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are “very high” or “high.” This percentage is practically unchanged from the 84% who said the same in 2018.1

In general, medical professions rate highly in Americans’ assessments of honesty and ethics; at least 6 of 10 US adults say medical doctors, pharmacists, and dentists have high levels of these virtues. The only other profession that Americans hold in a similar level of esteem is engineers, with 66% saying individuals in this field have high levels of honesty and ethics.1

American Nurses Association President Ernest Grant, PHD, RN, FAAN said he is “extremely proud” that nurses have received the recognitions from the people they serve on a daily basis.2

“The fact that nurses have been consistently voted the most honest and ethical professionals is a testament to the public’s trust. We’ll work hard to keep their good faith throughout 2020 and beyond. I couldn’t think of a better way to enter into the “Year of the Nurse,” said Grant, in a prepared statement.2

REFERENCES

  1. Nurses continue to rate highest in honesty, ethics [news release]. Washington, D.C.; Gallup: January 6, 2020. https://news.gallup.com/poll/274673/nurses-continue-rate-highest-honesty-ethics.aspx. Accessed January 7, 2020.
  2. ANA president proud of nurses for maintaining #1 spot in Gallup’s 2019 most honest and ethical professions poll [news release]. Silver Spring, MD; ANA: January 6, 2020. https://www.nursingworld.org/news/news-releases/2020/american-nurses-association-president-proud-of-nurses-for-maintaining-1-spot--in-gallups-2019-most-honest-and-ethical-professions-poll/. Accessed January 7, 2020.

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