Breach Of Ethics And The Tuskegee Study

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Breach of Ethics Provisions in the Tuskegee study shown in the movie, Miss Evers’ Boys] The nursing code of Ethics was developed to improve the quality of nursing care and ethical responsibilities of the Registered Nurse. The first formal Nursing Code of Ethics was established in 1950 (American Nurses Association, 2015). In 1926, the American Nurses Association adopted a “suggested” code that gave an outline of ethical behavior for nurses (American Nurses Association, 2015). By following the Nursing Code of Ethics, patient outcomes are improved. Miss Evers’ Boys was a film made in 1997 based on the true story of the Tuskegee experiment. The Tuskegee study was mimicked by those who conducted the Oslo Experiment conducted in Norway directed…show more content…
Several of these men died due to having syphilis and not being treated. “After the study ended, those men who had syphilis, along with their wives and children who had contracted the disease, were given free antibiotics and lifetime medical care” (Fain, 2017, p. 27). Forty years after the study was over, all survivors were offered penicillin and free medical treatment for life from the Public Health Service. The lawsuit that took place after the study, awarded $37,500 to each survivor and $15,000 to the heirs of “deceased survivors.” If this study would have been conducted today, it would have breached several provisions of the Nursing Code of Ethics. [Breach of provision 3] According to the American Nurses Association, provision 3 in the Nursing Code of Ethics states: “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient” (American Nurses Association, 2015). According to this provision, it is the nurse’s responsibility to promote a culture of safety for the patient. An example in the movie was that Miss Evers did not look out for the patient’s safety when she was testing the men for “bad blood,” she used the same needle on everyone’s finger which more than likely just spread the syphilis to all of the men. Miss Evers also was not looking out for their safety when her and the doctors were giving the men “back shots” and told them they were

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