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A Matter of Trust

Honest and Ethical: A Nurse’s Label
Once more the American people responded to our compassionate caring attitudes, knowledgeable actions, and consistent behaviors by giving us the highest rating in the category of honesty and ethical standards, according to the Gallop Poll of 2018. This outcome is no surprise for nurses have consecutively held this honor for the past 17 years.
Have you ever wondered how long nursing has been a part of this professional public opinion survey? Who founded it? What else is this company measuring?
History of the Gallup organization
George Horace Gallup born in Iowa in 1901. He attended the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree. He taught journalism at Drake University, Northwestern University, and Columbia until accepting the position of head of marketing and copy research departments of Young & Rubicam, a New York advertising firm in 1932. New responsibilities included measuring effectiveness of televisions and print advertising. He also conducted nationwide political and social opinion surveys to predict election outcomes. A man of integrity, he conducted political surveys devoid of bias as he refused to accept sponsorship or payment from special interest groups or any political party. The company continues to abide by this standard today.
Mr. Gallup founded The American Institute of Public Opinion in 1935 with the intent to assess and disseminate views of the people regarding education reform, the criminal justice system, and determining those best suited for political office.
During the 1970s, he looked beyond America. One significant study assessed the quality of life using a sample population that included two-thirds of the world. Another study conducted assessing social, moral, and religious attitudes of people from all over the world. This work continues via the Gallup’s World Poll.
In 1976, public opinion of honesty and ethical standards of a list of professions began. The surveyors shuffle the list yearly, with some permanent residents and others evicted. Nurses were added to the list twenty years ago and public opinion secured a permanent spot for our profession.
It is humbling to realize 84% of Americans compare nurses to such a diverse group of professionals, place us on top, with our interdisciplinary teams of Medical physicians (67%) and Pharmacists (66%) next in line.
Gallup Daily Tracking
In 2008, Gallop began to survey 1000 Americans every day of the year, resulting in a sample size of 175,000 adults. Using randomization (digit-dial) methods both landline and cellphone users from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are surveyed. English and Spanish speaking individuals are included. The U.S. Daily survey tracks political and economic issues and Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index survey tracks purpose, social, financial, community, and physical well-being.
Gallup valued the opinion of people all his life as surveys, research analytics, and reporting results became an acceptable and expected way of life for Americans and the world.
George H. Gallup died in 1984, leaving a life legacy of one of the most influential Americans. If the nursing profession was added to the list in 1998, Dr. Gallup never saw the results.
Relevance for Nursing
As nurses, we need to realize the public opinion of what we do is humbling. Americans trust us with their lives and believe us to be a group of men and women who practice with honesty and maintain the highest level of ethical standards. Dr. Gallup did not live to examine those results.
For the experienced nurses who have helped us obtain and maintain this ranking, I thank you. For the young nurses and student nurses, take pride for you now are enfolded into a family with a marvelous legacy. Where ever you practice, whatever uniform, be sure to wear the label: Honest and Ethical.