This article originally appeared on OnlineDegrees.com
By Timothy Mullaney
The evil Nurse Ratched, of Ken Kesey's classic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," might be one of the most infamous villains of literature and film, but according to a new poll, she didn't ruin Americans' opinions of her profession.
In 2011, nurses topped the annual Gallup poll rating the most honest professions for the 12th consecutive year. Of the 1,012 American adults Gallup surveyed, 84 percent rated the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as high or very high. Two other health care professions -- pharmacist and medical doctor -- came in at No. 2 and No. 3, scoring 73 percent and 70 percent, respectively. At 62 percent, high school teachers claimed the fourth spot, and at 54 percent, police officers rounded out the top five.
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