Nurses "Most Ethical" Profession - Gallop Poll

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    Nurses are America's most honest and ethical professionals, according to a new Gallup survey. Nearly 80 percent of the annual poll's participants ranked nurses "very high" or "high" for honesty and ethics.

    More than 1,000 adults took part in the November phone survey. They were asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of various professions as "very high," "high," "average," "low," or "very low."

    Nurses have been in the winner's circle before. They've traditionally ranked at or near the top of the list of professionals that the public holds in high regard. Each year the list rotates approximately 20 professions, and nurses have held their high position in the listing since they were added to the poll in 1999, except for one year. In 2001, firefighters were rated No. 1 after their heroic acts during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Here's Gallup's list, starting with the professions rated "very high" or "high" on honesty and ethical standards:
    1. Nurses (79 percent)
    2. Druggists, pharmacists (72 percent)
    3. Military officers (72 percent)
    4. Medical doctors (67 percent)
    5. Police officers (60 percent)
    6. Clergy (56 percent)
    7. Judges (53 percent)
    8. Day care providers (49 percent)
    9. Bankers (36 percent)
    10. Auto mechanics (26 percent)
    11. Local officeholders (26 percent)
    12. Nursing home operators (24 percent)
    13. State officeholders (24 percent)
    14. TV reporters (23 percent)
    15. Newspaper reporters (21 percent)
    16. Business executives (20 percent)
    17. Lawyers (18 percent)
    18. Congressmen (10 percent)
    19. Advertising practitioners (10 percent)
    20. Car salesmen (9 percent)
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/...in659857.shtml
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    If we are rated the most honest profession, why are we treated like sexual objects or physically and verbally abused so frequently?
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    I'm kind of suprised at some of the listings. I know a lot of people call lawyers "liers" and don't trust car salesman, or politicians. I'm glad that nurses are thought of as honest.
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    I'm surprised newspaper and television reporters are listed so low. They don't really have a dishonest profession so I don't understand that. A reporter can put a spin on a story but mostly one is expected to just let the story tell itself. That's good reporting.

    Especially surprised that auto mechanics are not rated lower. C'mon who hasn't been ripped off by them? That's what you call a dishonest profession.
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    I would have thought Clergy would be listed first.
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    I am surprised auto mechanics didn't rank lower too.........I have been ripped off too many times.
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    I'm surprised newspaper and television reporters are listed so low.
    I'm not really, since our local newspaper is so slanted and selective on what they'll report.
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    i find this ancedotal more than anything else. no matter what profession you look at, people are people. i don't subscribe to the idea that nurses are really any better morally than anyone else. i know some wonderful people who are nurses, medics, etc.. and some who are outright self centered people who couldn't possible care any less about their patients, and are using their position to fullfill their own agendas.

    to me, doing the right thing for a patient really has nothing to do with what john q. public thinks of nurses. it's about looking myself in the mirror.

    yep, and i know some car salesmen who i judge as much better people than some of the nurses i know .
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    Quote from Faeriewand
    I'm surprised newspaper and television reporters are listed so low. They don't really have a dishonest profession so I don't understand that.
    Are you serious??? Ever watch the Communist News Network, a.k.a. CNN?
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    Quote from jimthorp
    Are you serious??? Ever watch the Communist News Network, a.k.a. CNN?
    Now let's not discuss politics here. Everyone has their own views.

    I'm really not that thrilled that nursing was rated "most ethical." This holds no water whatsoever.


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