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It's Time For Nurses To Be Heard!!
Date:6/23/2009

we were surprised when we learned that nurses have never been asked for their opinions on this very important health care issue before."

In 2008, for the seventh straight year, nurses enjoy the top spot from the public in Gallup's annual "Honesty and Ethics of professions survey." Eighty-four percent of Americans called nurses' honesty and ethical standards either "high" or "very high." In fact, the only year that nurses were not atop the Gallup Poll list was 2001, following September 11th, when firefighters topped the list. Only nurses have shown continuing improvement in their ratings year after year.

All licensed New Jersey nurses are invited to make their choices through the online survey. Earlier this spring, New Jersey nurses received notification through the quarterly "Institute for Nursing" newsletter that the survey was available for them to make their selections for the best physicians practicing in the state. The newsletter is distributed to every licensed nurse in the State of New Jersey free of charge. In addition, the Nurses' Choice survey was highlighted at the New Jersey State Nurses Association annual conference this past March in Atlantic City.

To give the nurse survey even greater scientific credibility, nurses are asked to make their physician selections and to describe how they know the doctor's work in the specialty:

  • I know this doctor mainly by reputation or by what I've heard from other health care professionals. (1)
  • I have cared for patients after they were treated by this doctor, but have not worked with the doctor directly in the treatment process. (2)
  • I have worked directly alongside this doctor in providing treatment in this specialty. (3)

The selections are then "weighted" on a 1 to 3 scale (as indicated) with "3" weighted more heavily.

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SOURCE New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
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