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Welcome to 2014, Most Trusted Professionals in the US!

Welcome to 2014!  What does the new year have in store for you?  As you've figured out about US nursing by now, there are so many possibilities.  Maybe it's time for a career change?  To go back to school?  To move on from your current job into something else?  Hopefully a little mentoring can help you get there.

Meanwhile, pat yourselves on the back again nurses.  In 2013, the US public voted nurses the most trusted of all the service professionals in the country, with 85% indicating high levels of trustworthiness and dedication to ethics.  This was our highest ranking ever!  So if you've had one of those days at work, take a moment to pat yourselves on the back.

In the US, nurses are lucky enough to be held in such high esteem.  That's not the case in every country.  In fact, nursing is undergoing a transition around the world. Nurses are doing more in many countries due to personnel shortages.  You know what its like to work with too few nurses on staff in your facility, imagine doing that every single day?!  It affects everything from patient outcomes to health system costs.  Fortunately, more and more international policy making organizations are realizing that investments in the health workforce are critical for long term sustainability.  Nurses are central to those investments.  Imagine how much more effective those investments could be if nurses were held in equal esteem in other countries.


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