Informed Nurses Are Better Advocates and Educators

For the 15th straight year, Nurses were voted to have the highest (84%) honesty and ethical standards as a profession; making them the most trusted profession. The results were published by the Gallup Poll in December 2016. This sets the bar quite high, but nurses have always risen to the occasion, and no doubt will continue to do so far into the future. One way to ensure this is for nurses to be involved in the community and to advocate for choices made for nurses and patients. Understanding the process, as well as the needs of the community and professionals, keeps nurses as that most trusted level and source of information to help them advocate for and educate patients.

In this same poll, Pharmacists ranked #2 at 67%, and Doctors #3 at 65%. Members of Congress fell to the bottom at 8% as 59% of the voters ranked them as having low to very low ethical and honesty standards. There are currently only 3 members of Congress who are nurses; Karen Bass (D-CA-33), Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30). In the past there have been others. Perhaps many more nurses should be encouraged to run for public office to help raise the honesty and ethical standards and to push forward the agendas for improving quality nursing care and patient outcomes.

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