Nurses continue to lead health professionalism

Testament to their hard work, compassion and professional care, nurses have once again been recognised by the broader community as the most ethical and honest profession in Australia.

According to the latest Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey, 92 per cent of Australians aged 14 and over consider nurses to be the most highly regarded occupation, up 1 per cent on the previous year’s poll, for the 21st year in a row.

General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, Brett Holmes, welcomed the acknowledgement on behalf of a 60,000-strong membership of nurses and midwives throughout NSW.

“It is again welcome news for our nurses and midwives to be publicly appreciated for their professional commitment in this annual survey,” Mr Holmes said.

“Our members are in hospitals, community health, aged care facilities, disability services and other health settings, working hard each and every day and night as advocates for safe patient care, ensuring their communities receive the best possible health care.

“The unsociable hours of shift work require many of them to sacrifice a great deal of the lifestyle choices other workers take for granted.

“Nurses and midwives are often intertwined into some of the most intimate moments in a patient’s life and as a result take their ethical and professional responsibilities very seriously.

“I’m extremely proud of the nurses and midwives in NSW, if only our state government would honour this widespread respect by taking their calls for improved and expanded nurse-to-patient ratios, built on nursing hours, on board.”

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The Roy Morgan telephone survey was conducted on April 8-10, 2015 with 598 Australian men and women aged 14 and over. Further details can be found here

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