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Nurses' Patience with Patients Earn Trust

Good news, nursing students! According to a 2015 Gallop poll on Honesty and Ethics, the top of the list once again belongs to those in the nursing professions, and the competition isn’t even close. With a rating of 85%, American nurses score well above doctors, law enforcement, teachers, and even clergy.

According to Judy Halstead, president of the National League for Nursing, “I think the public responds to nurses’ long-standing, demonstrated commitment to patient-centered care, which includes patients and their families and significant others. They trust that nurses will listen to their concerns and serve as an advocate for their needs.”

Almost anyone who’s ever visited a hospital or clinic can vouch for the reassuring presence of their nurses. While the doctors are often spread thin between patients and long work hours, it’s the nurses we see from the moment we walk in the door till the time we’re checked out. They’re the voice that tells us that it’s all going to be okay.

And the medical profession is hiring good nurses just as fast as they can find them.

While this news is a great testament to the nursing profession as a whole, it also comes with a challenge to those planning on entering the field. With great trust comes great responsibility (to paraphrase a popular superhero movie), and it’s up to future nurses to continue to uphold that trust.

That’s why it’s important that as you move through your Nursing courses at Unitek College, remember to look at everything from two perspectives—a medical perspective, and a patient’s perspective. Try and anticipate the information they’ll want to know on a day-to-day basis and make sure you know how to explain it in plain English. Keep in mind that many of the people you’ll be treating as a nurse could have some significant anxieties about being in your hospital or clinic (check out White Coat Syndrome for an interesting perspective on patient anxiety). The more confident and knowledgeable you are in your job, the better those patients will feel, and you’ll quickly become an invaluable part of their medical journey.

So here’s to nurses topping the list again for the fourteenth time since 1999! And here’s to the future nurses reading this blog right now—we know you’ll continue the legacy.

For more information on advancing your nursing career, check out Unitek College’s nursing programs here. And if you’re interested in pursuing a career in the Pharmaceutical field (2nd place on the Gallop Poll on Honesty and Ethics) you can find that information here.