Do you ever wonder about the impression we as nurses leave with our patients? Or the impact we have on our communities at large?

One can get an idea by taking a peek at Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics survey. Since 1976, Gallup has asked Americans to rate the perceived honesty and ethical standards of different professions, and in 1999, they began asking Americans to rate those characteristics in nurses. I’m proud to say our profession has topped the list since then in all but one year, 2001, when fire fighters ranked highest and nurses still garnered high ratings. In essence, for the past several years, Americans have conveyed their belief that nursing professionals demonstrate the highest level of honest and ethical behavior.

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