Nursing Ranked “Most Trusted Profession” for 20th Consecutive Year

Nurse listens to lungs.

Published January 14, 2022


This comes as the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the poll, nurses lead the annual ranking of professions with 81% of respondents ranking the profession “very high” or “high” for having “high honesty and ethics.” Medical doctors came in second at 67%, and grade-school teachers came in third with 64%.

“Nurses and all health care workers continue to face very difficult challenges amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” says Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. “Nurses are strong, resourceful, intelligent clinicians, researchers, educators, and leaders, but we as a nation must not waiver in supporting them as they continue help lead the country through this very challenging time.”

Nurses comprise nearly 60% of the global health care workforce, but there is a vital need for more nurses. If you are interested in pursuing or advancing your nursing career, visit our nursing academic programs page for more information.

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