The results are in, and nurses are once again voted as the most honest and ethical profession according to the 2015 Gallup poll.
This is the 14th year in a row that nurses have earned this distinction. Gallup asks every year “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields–very high, high, average, low, or very low?” Nurses were rated 85% very high/high this year, which is an increase from the 80% last year.
Members of Congress and Lobbyists scored the lowest, with only 8% and 7% very high/high, respectively. This is interesting to see from the perspective of an organization that lobbies for the benefit of nurses.
What leads to these scores?
According to clinical psychologist Inna Khazan, “People tend to place more trust in those that are directly caring for them,”¹. Other medical field professions scored at the top percentile as well. Pharmacists and Medical Doctors earned spots 2 (68%) and 3 (67%), respectively.
This isn’t the first year that Members of Congress have scored in the lower percentile. Their highest rating was 25% in 2001. Since 2009, Congress has consistently ranked near the bottom of the list near car salespeople, telemarketers, stockbrokers, and lobbyists.
WNA would like to congratulate all nurses for this incredible achievement. Your undying devotion to the well-being of the patient justifiably earned you the top spot. We are proud to represent you in the state of Wisconsin.