For the 15th year in a row, Nurses topped the list of the most trusted professions in the United States. In polling results released by the Gallup organization last December, 84% of the public rate nurses as “high” or “very high” when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. Healthcare providers earned four spots in the top five most trusted professions—and nurses are at the pinnacle of that list.

For anyone who works in healthcare, this is an affirming statistic but not a surprising one. Trust is the bedrock of the nursing profession. About 1/3 of our workforce at Adventist HealthCare consists of nurses, and we benefit from these amazing people every single day—in a myriad of ways.

We have confidence in the skills and experience that nurses bring to their jobs. Our nurses quickly and effectively develop and nurture relationships with patients, family members, and the other members of our care teams. Nurses are persistent in seeking effective responses to the tasks and challenges they confront.

Nurses wholeheartedly share in our mission—I know this personally and I see it throughout our organization. Nurses can be direct and objective, even stern. They can be sympathetic and appreciative. They are, by nature and training, consoling and caring. Compassion defines and motivates them. They set high standards for themselves and constantly strive to meet them. It is no wonder that our patients trust them and that we depend on them.

National Nurses Day has become one of the largest workday celebrations in American life. National Nurses Day is Friday, May 5, and anchors Nurses Week, culminating in the commemoration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. It is a privilege for us to recognize the contributions of the 3.1 million nurses here in the United States, and to show our gratitude to the thousands of nurses who are an important part of Adventist HealthCare.

Are you a nurse? Thank you! Thank you for bringing the best of yourself to the mission of caring for our community. On May 5, and all through Nurses Week, we honor your defining role in healthcare and express our gratitude and appreciation for what you do so faithfully every day.