A telephone survey conducted in early May had the nursing profession topping the list as being perceived as the most ethical and honest in Australia – for the eighteenth year in a row. Nurses were viewed this way by 90 percent of those surveyed. Other health professionals are not far behind, with pharmacists on 88 percent, doctors on 83 percent and dentists on 75 percent.
The scores of doctors and dentists had fallen slightly since the 2011 poll, but nurses had maintained their score.
It’s just a telephone poll, so we don’t want to make too much of it, but it does raise an interesting question about how often nurses confront ethical dilemmas or issues of honesty.
Have you ever found yourself in the position of deciding whether to be honest or not? What kinds of ethical dilemmas have you dealt with as a nurse?
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