Nurses Shining Exception to Public's Dim View of Healthcare

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, May 1, 2012

Americans are having a hard time paying for their prescription drugs. They're not confident in their ability to afford health insurance. They don't trust pharmaceutical companies. They think Medicare needs an overhaul, but don't want to be the ones to foot the bill. And they think that doctors and hospitals should be paid based on quality and results, rather than the volume of care they provide.

A lot of people are pretty down on healthcare in this country. In fact, in a Gallup poll last summer the healthcare industry ranked near the bottom in terms of popularity, right around real estate and energy.  Only the federal government earned a lower standing. A recent Rasmussen poll found that only 6% of likely US voters think the performance of Congress is good or excellent.

But there's one bright spot, a group of people for whom warm feelings never seem to wane, despite the chilly climate around them.

That bright spot is nursing, which the Gallup Poll consistently ranks as the most honest and ethical profession. In fact, the latest poll shows that 84% of respondents think nurses are high or very high on the ethics and honesty scale.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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