In the yearly survey of Gallup of the most trustworthy professionals in the country, nursing finishes at the top again for the eleventh time. The survey was based on the noted honesty, fairness and commitment to ethics of the profession.

81% of American respondents rated the nursing profession with either “high” or “very high” in terms of their honesty and ethical standards. 16% rated them “average” and 1% rated them “low”. Nurses had been a consistent poll topper since it was included by Gallup in 1999. Only in 2001 did they lose the number one spot to firemen following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The firemen were added on a one-time basis to gauge Americans’ view of them after reports of their heroism. On the bottom of the survey were members of the Congress, lobbyists and car salesmen.

In their latest release of report, the Institute of Medicine called for nurses to join in the efforts of applying the reforms of the new health care system. The new system will center on providing adequate and quality care to patients.

The latest survey helps nurses play a more active role in propagating the changes and benefits of the new health care law. Because most of the public trusts them, they can be the voice of the health sector. They can ease the transition of the people into the newly implemented reforms. The American Nurses Association president believes that they will be able to accomplish what the nurses set out to do and they are thankful of the trust bestowed on them.

At their weakest point, patients need support and care; and aside from their families, nurses provide these for them. This is why Mary Guaracino, RN, chief nursing officer in Pembroke Pines, Florida’s Memorial Hospital of Pembroke, said that during that time patients and nurses form a bond.

By looking after the patients’ comfort and well-being, nurses gain their trust. Usually, the small acts of kindness are what matters the most. Just by listening and answering the patients’ queries as honestly as they could, nurses proves to them that they are reliable and trustworthy.

Being upfront with their patients, nurses prove that they are honest and reliable. Patients when undergoing treatment are stripped of control over their activities in the hospital. Nurses play an important role in restoring some of that control and helps in making the patients understand aspects of their treatment or therapy.