In the Gallup poll released on Monday, nurses are viewed as having "very high" or "high" ethical and honesty standards by 84 percent of the public, a full 17 points higher than any other profession. Gallup notes that since nurses were added to the survey in 1999, they have topped the list of most trusted professions every year except in 2001, when firefighters were included on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Patients and their families count on nurses when they are at their moment of greatest vulnerability and need," Kelly-Williams said. "The public sees how hard nurses work and how seriously they take their responsibility to advocate for safe and effective care. Nurses are the most trusted voice in health care because they fight every day to protect the health of their patients and communities."
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Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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