GALLUP-POLL-2020 Nurses Ranked America's Most Trusted Profession

Posted 3 months ago by Randall Hudspeth, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN

Nurses topped the  Gallup Poll's annual ranking of how Americans and Idahoans view 22 major professions with 85% of the public, four in five Americans, rating nurses' honesty and ethical standards as “high” or “very high.” Nurses have ranked first for 18 consecutive years and every year except for one (2002 was firefighters after 9/11) since 1999 when Gallup started to survey public opinion on the honesty and ethical standards of various occupations.

Nurses are honored by this poll and what it reflects - that patients, their families and the public know that they can trust and count on nurses to stand up for them and they can depend on nurses to use their collective power to advocate for patients and the broader conditions that support health, justice and dignity for all people.  This year’s results have special meaning for nurses as we move into 2020, which the World Health Organization has declared the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  

Nurses are also celebrating the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan passage of a groundbreaking federal bill to protect health care and social service workers from extremely high rates of workplace violence—H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, although this was not supported by the Idaho representatives.  This legislation will hold employers accountable, through federal OSHA, for having a prevention plan in place to stop workplace violence before it occurs. In a nursing issues survey conducted by ANA-Idaho in April 2019, workplace violence and abuse was the number one issue identified by Idaho nurses as a workplace concern.


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