Compiled by Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum
When asked which profession they think is the most honest and ethical, Americans regularly rank nursing No. 1. Nursing has topped Gallups annual poll consistently, since the profession was first included in 1999.
Since then, nursing has held the top spot every year, except 2001, the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when nurses ranked second behind firefighters. In Gallups 2011 poll, which randomly surveyed 1,012 U.S. adults, nursing was No. 1 of the 21 professions ranked.Lisa Perry, RN
Lisa Perry, RN
Nurse recruiter AtlantiCare, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
The Gallup Poll results affirm comments from patients about nurses being compassionate and making a difference. As practitioners, nurses coordinate multiple disciplines to achieve the best outcomes for patients. As teachers, they help patients and families understand diagnoses and treatments; ensure they are engaged in their care; and help them gain knowledge and tools to make informed decisions. A nurses priority is being a patients advocate who listens carefully, communicates clearly, focuses on care that is in the patients best interests, and helps his or her patient be and feel safe and well. I cared for patients in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centers ED for 14 years, making an effort to build trusting relationships with patients, to be a role model for new nurses, and appreciating the entire care team that contributes to nurses effectiveness. I rely on my ED experiences now in recruiting nurses and other staff who will do the same.Kathleen M. Quinn, RN
Kathleen M. Quinn, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse, 7 West Med/Surg Unit Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia
Nurses are the most trusted professionals in America because we take care of people when they are in their most vulnerable state. We start our days as complete strangers and, within a very short amount of time, we become not only patients caregivers but also their biggest advocates.
We do everything we can to make patients feel safe and protected. Our caring and compassionate attitudes help us develop that special level of trust that is hard to find in other professions.Mariellen Smith, RN
Mariellen Smith, RN
Registered nurse Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia
A nurse knows that every day there will be an exchange of life. Nurses know they will have the opportunity to touch the lives of patients as much as patients will have the opportunity to touch their lives. Nurses have reverence for humanity and uphold integrity. It is the privilege of a nurse to serve as the promoter and protector of the well-being of patients. Nurses are warm and welcoming, kind and compassionate, graceful and good. These are the qualities that foster the nurse-patient relationship. These are the qualities that permit truth and trust. These are the qualities that make hope and healing possible. Nurses are concerned about the whole person body, mind, heart and spirit. They are committed to healing on every level. Through service and sacrifice, nurses extend the best of care. Through dedication and commitment, they show their passion. Nurses make nursing the nations most trusted profession.Maureen A. Green, RN
Maureen A. Green, RN, BSN, CEN, CPEN
ED/Life Support Education Kennedy Health System Cherry Hill (N.J.)
People seek medical care when they are in their most vulnerable state. They are sick, injured, terrified and overwhelmed. Their first encounter with the healthcare team is usually with a nurse. Nurses are at the bedside, providing care around the clock. Through their caring spirit, nurses develop a bond with patients. The consistency and steadfast dedication of nurses fosters trust and promotes patient safety. Because the public continues to hold nurses in such high esteem, nurses in turn feel a sense of duty to honor that distinction. Theres a well-known phrase that says, People wont remember what you said or did to them, but they will remember how you made them feel. Nurses are highly skilled professionals who make their patients feel safe and secure in a frightening environment. This can impact patients both physiologically and psychologically. Nurses are trusted for all these reasons. They are patient advocates who have made it their lifes work to care for others.Rebecca Dodulik, RN
Rebecca Dodulik, RNC-NIC, BSN
Newborn/infant ICU The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Having a newborn child swept away at delivery is one of the most unnatural events for a new parent. For hours, days, maybe even weeks, the wall of an isolette or the rail of a crib now separates a new family, rendering them virtually helpless. Whether planned or unplanned, the bonding process is hindered, but the trust a family instills in a NICU nurse during a time of crisis is unending. They must relinquish their most precious gift to the hands and the heart of a NICU nurse. As Americas most trusted professionals, nurses such as those in the NICU not only provide endless care to Americas most vulnerable and fragile patients, they provide tireless support to an entire family.Cecilia Weber, RN
Cecilia Weber, RN
Registered nurse BAYADA Home Health Care King of Prussia, Pa.
The nurses goal is to promote the clients well-being. Without the essential component trust our goals cannot be accomplished. With illness comes vulnerability and weakness. Establishing trust gives our clients the gift of confidence and hope. Nurses understand fully that trust provides a feeling of security, diminishes fears, encourages optimism and can alter and promote desired outcomes. The very trust we establish with our clients and with physicians strengthens and empowers us to be proactive to ensure that patients care is managed safely and effectively. Nursing is the most trusted profession, for we are entrusted with the care of the most valuable gift the gift of life.