Nurses are #1 in Honesty/Ethics again - Gallop - page 2

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Congratulations nurses, you did it again! Nurses Rock! 13 years in a row nurses are at the top of the charts! Nurses continue to outrank other professions in Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey. This year, 85% of... Read More


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    I find it interesting that psychiatrists get their own distinction from other medical doctors.
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    Quote from nhnursie
    Had to chuckle when I saw where members of Congress are......
    ...and the majority of them are re-elected time and again.
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    Quote from lindarn
    And as we say in Brooklyn, that and $0.50 will get you on the subway!


    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
    I used to say , "that and $0.50 will buy me a cup of cofee".
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    I believe that EMT's, NA's, PCA's, Paramedics....we all fall under nurses in this category as well. We all rock!
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    And yet patients don't believe a word we say until it's said to them by someone with MD after their name.
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    This is based on opinion, stereotypes and maybe personal experience. I think many people assume that professionals who are involved in life and death situations and deal with people when they are at their most vulnerable and helpless are more likely to be honest and act in an ethically and morally "correct" manner.
    Especially with MDs many seem to have this blind faith in them. Everyone, whatever their profession, is human and can make bad decisions, mistakes and take shortcuts. Sometimes it's done knowingly and other times not.

    I am concerned that nursing, due to the fact that the starting salary post associates degree is probabaly one of the highest and benefits are reasonable, is attracting people who otherwise would never have considered nursing as a career.
    The colleges concentrate on getting students through NCLEX. Recently I have the chance to speak to several student and newly qualified RNs and I don't really pick up on empathy from them. They often talk about patients as if they were a machine with a malfunction, laugh about their confusion and complain that they are demanding.

    My experiences as a patient over the last 10 yrs haven't been extensive, thankfully, but the ones I have had have been lacking in any empathy. Often people not even making eye contact, smiling or introducing themselves. In additon to this , the physical care has often been less than good. I'm talking about nurses and MDs.

    If I hadn't been a leary patient (and boy was I made to feel like a "bad" patient after that, even though I needed emergency surgery) and demanded an ultrasound I would probably have ended up on ICU with sepsis from peritonitis.
    I don't "trust" anyone in the medical professions- too much at stake. And if everyone was doing the right thing then we wouldn't have all the readmissions and potentially avoidable complications that CHS have now set up hospital engagement networks to tackle.
    One of the times I least trusted the system was when i was referred for a colonoscopy and discovered I would be give a full general anesthetic. I could see no medical justification for this and felt it was unethical and bad practice. I didn't go.

    I just read "slow code". It says it all.
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    I think the results are fixed by the nursing power machines- ANA and state nursing associations. With everything going on in nursing, the intimidation of 'get the BSN or else no job and we don't care if you have to starve your kids to do it" in an economy that still spells disaster for most of us. The ridiculous hoops one has to go through to even get a bottom of barrel job and then to have to practically put on a broadway musical to keep it, complete with singing and high kicks. And everthing else I read on these threads, I find it very hard to believe that nursing would be rated high on eithics; especially since the nursing managment seem to be sucked into the business mode of practicing nursing. Ethics has long left Nursing. What nursing has done to their older experienced nurses- I would hardely call that ethical, or even legal not to mention the enjoyment they have recieved from the doing it. Cheating the patients out of solid nursing care in place of smiling, pillows, blankets, coffee, drinks and movie tickets, the smooth talking( kind of sounds like used car sales to me) to get the patient out the discharge door so they can "come on back" for more of that reimbursment money for our CEO's pocket and his charming family's high style life style. The failure to promote primary healthcare to save healthcare dollars, failure to support any kind of regulations that would cut healthcare cost for patients. and let's not for get Sudder's poo-poo stew- ADEIT. Sorry, not buying it.
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    Yikes, After reading these posts I am left wondering , doesn't anything make nurses happy??? (I can only imagine the wrath if we were at the bottom)

    Hearing we are #1 always lightens my heart. Maybe I walk around with blinkers on or rose colored glasses on but I do feel a pride both being an RN and that the public shares my sentiment that we as a nursing body are honorable and trustworthy. To me these traits are the marker of good character and are worth celebrating.

    Yes, we work very hard but we also have the distinct privilege of feeling that our work matters and we make a difference. The public certainly seems to think so or am I grossly misguided in where these stats come from ?
    CherylRNBSN, NRSKarenRN, and bbuerke like this.
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    It's great that nurses are consistently recognized as the most trusted profession, as I think we should be. However, when considering why some of the others are ranked so low, you have to consider publicity. Clergy for example, let's face it, the sex scandals of the past decade made big headlines and probably did long-lasting damage to the reputation of clergy everywhere. Nurses however, tend to keep a low profile in the media (as far as negativity goes), and when bad things do make the news, it's usually something terrible but unintentional, like those errors with heparin. Sure, you occasionally hear about a nurse acting as an "angel of death" and killing patients, but that is few and far between, and generally chalked up to being a disturbed individual. Never enough for public opinion to condemn the whole profession.

    Lastly, I'm interested in the timing of the survey. Was this after the hurricane when the story of NICU nurses evacuating babies in NYC made headlines? And if it was done this week, after the whole Prince William/Princess Kate debacle, would that have changed people's answers?
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    I can't see any Ethics in how nursing has sold out it's own. No job for the new grad, no job for the diploma grads, and no job for the old erexperienced nurses. And the way the nursing profession in general has gone about it, keeping a low sneaky profile. There's nothing Ethical about that.
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