For the 15th consecutive year, nurses have ranked as the most trusted professionals in a Gallup poll.
Here are three takeaways:
1. Eighty-four percent of respondents rated nurses' honesty and ethical standards as "very high" or "high."
2. Comparatively, 64 percent of respondents ranked the next closest profession — pharmacists — as having "very high" or "high" honesty and ethical standards.
3. Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, president of the American Nurses Association, said the poll illustrates the American public's trust of nurses and that nurses will continue to work to maintain that trust. She went on to say, "Trust plays an important role in the relationship between nurses and the patients we serve. ANA encourages nurses to draw on that trust to engage with consumers to improve their health and to advocate for patients and for the quality of care in this country."