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22 Years and Nurses are again rated #1 as Most Ethical and Trusted Professionals

Posted 19 days ago by Randall Hudspeth, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN

Gallup released its 2022 year end polling of trusted professionals on January 10, 2023.

Nurses again are No. 1 in Americans’ assessment of trusted and honest professionals.  Nurses have been at the top of the rankings every year except one since they were added to the annual ratings in 1999. That was in 2001, when firefighters earned a record-high 90% rating in their only appearance on the list in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Nurses, who have held the top spot in the poll for 22 years, were seen as having “high” or “very high” standards by 79% of U.S. adults – down from a peak of 89% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but still considerably higher than any of the other professions included in the survey.

Two other medical professions, medical doctors (62%) and pharmacists (58%), ranked next-highest.  Medical doctors and pharmacists dropped by 5 percentage points each from 2021 to 2022, the steepest decline among professions that were included in both 2021 and 2022. The 58% rating for pharmacists is the lowest since they were first included in the survey in 1981.

Beyond the health care industry, the most trusted professions in the survey included high school teachers (53%) and police officers (50%). On the other hand, car salespeople, members of Congress and telemarketers had the lowest ratings, with only 10% or less of U.S. adults holding their standards in high regard.

More details are available at:  Nurses Retain Top Ethics Rating in U.S., but Below 2020 High (gallup.com) 


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