We have been sharing information with you with respect to Bill C-14, proposed legislation that would amend the Criminal Code to allow medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in specific circumstances. It was anticipated that federal legislation would be in place on June 6th but that legislation has not been finalized and federal law may not be in place for a number of weeks.
In the interim, although physician assisted dying is legal as of June 6th, in accordance with the Carter decision, there remains questions about the role of other health care professionals including nurses. Therefore at this time, we recommend that nurses should not participate in the provision of assisted dying.
We understand that many of our members will have questions about what this means and our goal is to support you as your regulator and to keep you well-informed about all MAiD developments as they occur. We have developed a resource titled Medical Assistance in Dying: A Guideline for Nurses (these guidelines were updated on June 17,2016 click here to view them) to help you better understand your accountabilities and authority as a nurse and to address any questions you may have as we wait for further developments.
We would also encourage you to take part in a webinar on Thursday June 16th at 2 pm that will be co-hosted by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia. A recorded version of the webinar will be available on our website for those who are unable to participate in the live session. Click here for more webinar details.
We are committed to providing all of our stakeholders with developments as they occur and we encourage you to watch for our emails and to stay tuned to crnns.ca for more information. In the meantime, please contact one of our Practice Consultants for more detailed support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 902-491-9744 to speak with Trent MacIsaac, CRNNS Practice Consultant or Lynn Miller, CRNNS Policy Consultant.
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Given name(s): Nicola Ann
Last name: Aaronson
Former name(s): Smith
CRNNS number: 12345
Type of licence: Nurse Practitioner
Status of Licence: Active Practising
Start Date: November 1 2014
Expiry Date: October 31 2015
Current Conditions and Restrictions: This nurse is not able to...
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Date of initial entry on the register: January 1, 1970
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NP Practice Category: Family
Collaborative Practice Effective Date: January 31, 2012
Dartmouth General Hospital
330 Main Street