Nurses Top Ranks in Ethics and Honesty

December 9, 2003 -- Posted at 11:45pm

JONESBORO, AR - A Gallup Poll conducted in November asked Americans which professions among the 23 from which they had to choose were the most ethical and honest. Police officers came in at number eight.

"I've talked to a lot of citizens about community issues, about crime prevention, about crime that's going on in the city, and I have very little negative feedback about the police themselves," said Sergeant Steve McDaniel, a member of the Jonesboro Police Department and organizer of the city's community policing program.

At number six, college teachers.

Dr. Joel Gambill, Chair of Arkansas State University's Journalism Department, said, "I'm glad to hear we're that well respected, especially considering who's in front of us."

Professions all having either to do with human or animal medicine were given the top five spots. Nurses are number one.

"It makes me feel really good," explained Brooke Barnett, an Licensed Practical Nurse at NEA Urgent Care Clinic. "You really get to know them (the patients), and they do have so much trust in you. They call you with all questions all through the day, and you're the one that responds."

Barnett's patient, Karen Madden, added, "It takes a lot of dedication and time, and they are special people. They have a feeling for people to serve people, and I think that's important."

Journalists come in at 14th. The last on the list at number 23: car salesmen.