Nursing Ranked as Most Trusted Profession for 19th Straight Year

Nurse administering vaccine.

Published February 9, 2021


Nurses have maintained the number one spot in Gallup’s Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll for the 19th consecutive year.

This recognition comes at a time where health care professionals – including nurses, physicians and pharmacists – have taken the lead and risked exposure to combat the novel coronavirus for the past year.

“Nurses make up the largest portion of health care professionals globally and are crucial to the health and wellness of our communities,” says Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. “We have seen this magnified during the worst health crisis of our lifetime. Nurses continue to guide us through the COVID-19 pandemic – they are truly a beacon of light during a very dark time.”

According to the poll, nurses earned a record 89% (very high/high score) for their honesty and ethics, which is four percentage points greater than their previous high score recorded in 2019. It is also one percentage point shy of the highest score to date for any profession.

For more information about this poll, visit the Gallup website.

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