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Nurses have been recognized, for 22 consecutive years, as the Most Ethical Profession in the United States. Research College of Nursing is honored to be the region’s leading institution dedicated exclusively to nursing. Our graduates become leaders in practice, service and advocacy – upholding the ethical standards synonymous with the profession.

According to Gallup’s 2023 Honesty and Ethics poll, 78 percent of Americans believe nurses have high honesty and ethical standards. This ranking highlights the pivotal role nurses play across healthcare teams and the communities they serve.

“Our communities trust us to care for them and their loved ones during their most vulnerable times. This ranking proves that we continue to hold our profession to high standards and are trusted to do the right thing for our patients,” says Patton Rainey, instructor.

"Hearing that nursing is ranked "the most ethical profession" to me reassures why I chose to become a nurse. Providing safe, timely, and compassionate care to all patients is what I strive to do. Nursing is unique because patients quickly become “family”, forming those patient connections is my favorite aspect," says Emma Howell, student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

We celebrate our exceptional nursing faculty who serve as leaders and role models for the next generation. We applaud RCoN alumni and their contributions advancing health and health care. Looking toward the future, we recognize our nursing students for their commitment to excellence that embodies the nursing profession.