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Opinion: Nurses must 'vigorously combat' COVID vaccine hesitancy among nurses

By The Columbus Dispatch  
   October 11, 2021

Nurses have been rated the most honest and ethical professionals in America for 19 consecutive years, according to the Gallup Poll, and for good reason: We provide essential care and services in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, public health departments, schools and other settings in the best and worst of times.

We earn the public’s trust by adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses, boiled down to a first principle of centering the needs of patients. Although the pandemic continues to showcase the dedication of nurses who labor to save lives and contain outbreaks, it also spotlights a problem within the profession that manifested quietly for years and is now reaping serious consequences: vaccine hesitancy.

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