Miss Evers ' Boys Ethical Dilemma

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Miss Evers’ Boys Ethical Dilemma Ethical dilemmas are challenges every nurse will face at some point in their career. Miss Ever faced an ethical dilemma during the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. The Public Health Service (PHS) decided in 1932 to conduct a study in Macon County, Alabama to examine the sequences of untreated syphilis in African-American males. Syphilis was not treated till after 1943 when penicillin became available as a safe and effective treatment. During this study Miss Evers was put in a difficult situation where she needed to make difficult decisions that would affect her ethical integrity. Miss Evers did what she did because she thought was right thing to do as a nurse. As a professional being put in any ethical dilemma is a hard choice and it is easier to sit here and say I would not have done that. Being in Miss Evers position personally I am not sure if I would have done the same or not. I would like to believe that I would not but no one ever really know unless you are in that position. In order to fully understand the situation Miss Evers faced, one would have to take a glimpse into her background. The doctor’s chose her because she was a highly trusted person within the community of patients and maintain strong relationships with their families (Sargent, 2010). She was able to explain to the men what the tests were and convinced them to go through with them. Miss Evers would use simple examples like describing how they
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