Do People Think Your Profession Is Trustworthy?

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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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Regarding the quote: “…doctors tend to be very hard-working and intelligent individuals who have the social aptitude necessary for interacting with patients in sometimes difficult circumstances.” Generally speaking, this is false. Most physicians spend most of their days writing prescriptions. They actually do not provide health care. They prescribe health care. They prescribe for other healthcare providers to provide your care. For example, they write prescriptions for the pharmacist to give you medications and counsel you about medications, the prescribe for you to see a physical therapist to get your physical therapy, they prescribe for you to see a nutritionist for your nutritional needs, they prescribe for you to see a speech therapist if you need one, and when you are very ill they prescribe for you to go into the hospital for nurses to take care of you. Yet, the media, both real and fiction, still glorifies physicians as the ultimate knowledgably healthcare provider. Most physicians are not even certified in basic CPR. The most knowledgeable, most caring, unbiased by big pharma kickbacks healthcare providers are, and always will be, registered nurses. That is why RNS have topped the Gallop for the last 12 years. Average number of college years to be a physician = 8. Average number of college years for an RN with a doctorate in nursing = 11.

April 09 2012 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm a PIMP by profession.Wait I know what you are gonna say,but I'am a very trustworthy one. All my girls are screened and get Bi-Monthly doctor exams,you know to make sure they are clean and that they keep their private areas well groomed.That is very important this days. Another thing is that I have full medical and dental insurance for them.We share the money that my ladies of the night make.They also get fancy cars,clothes and a VERY nice place to live. I love my girls and they love me cause I'm TRUSTWORTHY.................OH YEA

January 30 2012 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The Department of Labor says nursing is a great occupation for people who... operate effectively in situations where there is a clear hierarchy of authority" - What does that mean?

January 30 2012 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another yawner...must be a slow news day!

January 30 2012 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Congrats to the Nursing profession. Nurses do not get the recognition they deserve for the very hard work that they do.

January 30 2012 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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