Nursing Tops Poll of Most-Trusted Professions

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Published on December 28, 2016

Nursing Tops Poll of Most-Trusted Professions

For the 15th consecutive year, nursing topped a national survey of the most trustworthy professions.

Polling firm Gallup asked Americans to rate a wide range of professions based

Top 5 most-trusted professions

  1. Nurses
  2. Pharmacists
  3. Medical doctors
  4. Engineers
  5. Dentists

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,028 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 7-11

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on their honesty and ethical standards.

Nurses easily grabbed top honors, with 84 percent of respondents offering a positive rating. Pharmacists and doctors rounded out the top three, with positive ratings of 67 and 65 percent, respectively.

Nurses have earned the No. 1 ranking every year but one since 1999, when they was first included in the poll. The lone exception was in 2001, when Gallup included firefighters because of their heroic actions in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Tidelands Health employs more than 600 nurses across three hospitals, nearly 50 outpatient locations and in administrative roles.

“Trust between our nursing staff and patients is a crucial part of delivering care,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Tidelands Health. “We’re proud of how well this poll reflects on our profession and will work hard to maintain our strong relationship with patients.”

The high ratings for health care providers contrast sharply with other professions.

Only 8 percent of respondents gave members of Congress a positive rating for honesty and ethical standards.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.