Every year the Readers Digest takes a poll that reports people’s view of various professions and rates who they most trust through to who they trust the least. Ambulance paramedics have ranked number one for the last seven years in a row, which as a paramedic, I’m proud to say, means that the people in Australia find Ambulance Paramedics very trustworthy. This is ahead of Doctors, The Firebrigade, Nurses and Pilots, who are all considered very trustworthy professions. Paramedics and Firebrigade Officers have regularly competed for the title of Most Trusted Profession and 2010 Paramedics were found to be just slightly above Firebrigade Officers. So, for those of you in the US who have joined EMT/Firebrigades, you would most certainly be at the top of the most trusted profession!
It must be acknowledged that this poll is for Readers Digest Australia and only indicates the views of the most trusted profession from people in Australia (because there are other polls out there, who don’t indicate paramedics as the number one most trusted profession).
This just show what a great job paramedics can do for the community, and how well we are still appreciated and respected by the community, and the importance of maintaining a level of competence and commitment to the community that allows us to deserve to remain Australia’s Most Trusted Profession.
Paramedics must maintain a high level of trustworthiness and should be held accountable to a higher level of honesty and trustworthiness, because we treat people when they are at their weakest and most vulnerable, we walk into their homes during time of need.
Hopefully we will maintain this level of honesty that has bestowed the accolade of “most trusted professionals.”