Nurses have been ranked as having the second most important job, after doctors, out of a list of professions in a poll compiled for the care provider HC-One.
It suggests that nursing’s reputation has withstood the recent negative headlines associated with convicted criminals Victorino Chua and Andrew Hutchinson, and systematic care failings like those at Winterbourne View and Stafford Hospital.
“Without the hard work and dedication of our nursing team, HC-One would not be where we are today”
However, the fact that nurses came second to doctors, may indicate that traditional views persist among the public regarding the roles of nursing and medicine.
Either way, the two healthcare professions were ranked higher than other public sector and emergency services, though carers and dentists fared less well.
The research was commissioned by HC-One, the country’s third largest care home operator, and carried out by pollsters YouGov.
In the survey of 1,507 adults in the UK, people were asked to rank a list of 10 jobs in order of importance.
Nurses polled in second place, followed by police officers, fire fighters and teachers.
Carers were ranked as more important than lawyers, bankers and politicians, who were placed at the bottom of most people’s list.
Jobs were ranked in the following order, according to which ranking position was the highest/most popular for each job:
- Police Officer
Dr Chai Patel, chair of HC-One, said: “The nursing care provided at all of the homes is vital to residents and to HC-One.
He added: “It is a cornerstone of what HC-One stands for, and without the hard work and dedication of our nursing team, HC-One would not be where we are today – providing truly kind and quality care.”
The online survey was undertaken by YouGov from 1-2 July.