Americans give nurses their highest approval for honesty and ethics, rating them above every other profession in a recent Gallup survey that included doctors, school teachers, judges and clergy.

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Conducted in December, Gallup found more Americans than ever say nurses have high or very high standards of honesty and ethics.

While nurses have been at the top of the ratings for 20 of the last 21 years, the COVID pandemic has so spotlighted the work they do that the percentage of survey respondents rating them highly increased by 4 points over 2019. According to Gallup, 89% of Americans gave nurses the highest ratings. Only firefighters have ever scored higher and that was in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attack when they measured at 90%.

Doctors, who last year were said to have high or very high ethical standards by 65% of survey takers, improved by 12 points. Their previous high of 70% came in 2011 and 2012. Pharmacists, too, improved their standing for honesty and ethics in the view of the public, increasing to 71% from last year’s 64%.

Coming in just behind doctors were grade school teachers (the only teacher category Gallup measured). Their current 75% rating is nine points higher than the last time the group was included which was in 2017 when they were measured at 66%. Gallup says, “This may reflect public appreciation for the risks taken by teachers in going back to school during the pandemic, as well as their commitment to teaching under unprecedented circumstances, whether in the classroom or online.”

Rounding out the top five rankings are police officers who were measured at 52%, a drop of 2 points from the 2019 survey. Despite the decline, they were still one of only five professions to have a majority of Americans rating them high or very high for honesty and ethics.

Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics poll surveys a number of different professions each year, with a handful such as nurses, doctors and police officers included consistently. Besides reporting the cumulative results, Gallup breaks down the results by demographics and party affiliation. The divide among the various groups can be substantial for some ratings of professionals.

However, for nurses it didn’t matter whether the respondent was a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the results were the same. They all thought highly of the profession’s ethics.

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Green Key
May 31, 2024

#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Jon Danko 

Welcome back to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on our powerhouse recruiting team.  

We recently caught up with Jon Danko, Executive Director on the Healthcare team at Green Key. Jon started his recruiting journey after gaining experience working in sales. Since joining Green Key, he has transitioned to travel nursing recruiting and is looking forward to streamlining that area even more.

Can you share your career journey and how you progressed to your current role? 

Sure, so after I graduated, I started working in sales and worked my way up to management where I became the area manager at a car rental company. I then I took a leap of faith and started recruiting with no experience at an agency where I worked my way into a sales role there after that, I switched over to travel nursing. After working in this role, a colleague of mine and I came to Green Key and started the division a few years ago. He has now moved on, and I have taken on the division along with Victoria Ceballos.  

What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your career? 

My job is rewarding. I love staffing to be honest. It’s such a good feeling when you make a placement and they’re so thankful. Life is tough and you were able to help change their situation or even just give them advice. That means a lot to me. I also enjoy seeing my colleagues grow and succeed. For instance, Victoria and I took a leap of faith and switched over to travel nursing. To see our ideas blossoming is so rewarding. 

How do you balance the use of AI technologies with traditional recruitment methods in healthcare, ensuring a human-centric approach while leveraging the benefits of automation and data-driven insights? 

In my role, I love using AI to help increase the professionalism in my writing. However, I see a lot of people have been using AI as a writing tool, so I have dialed it back a little because I want to still have that human touch as well. I also love using AI to help me create eye-catching titles or subjects for my emails. Overall, AI has been a great in my toolbox.  

What advice would you give to candidates looking to stand out in the healthcare job market? 

Oh, be sure to tailor your resume for every job. You cannot have the same resume for every job that you apply to because a lot of these companies use AI to review resumes and it looks for certain buzzwords in a resume. You also need to be very direct and clear about all your experience as job titles can differ for the same role.  

How do you stay updated on changes and developments within the pharmaceutical industry to better serve your clients and candidates? 

I use LinkedIn a lot and read different articles. I also stay connected with many of my clients, who always have a lot of insight into conferences and can inform us of what is coming. I am also in a lot of healthcare groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.  

Do you have any new professional goals, either for yourself or your team?   

Yes, we are aiming to continue to grow the division and hire more passionate team members. 

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