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Provincial Directive about Medical Assistance in Dying

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Provincial Directive about Medical Assistance in Dying

CRNNS has been working closely with the Nova Scotia Government, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacist and other regulators and stakeholders, to find a mechanism to protect health care providers who may become involved in medical assistance in dying (MaiD) from criminal prosecution while we await federal legislation.

To that end, the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has issued a directive, effective June 16th, providing greater certainty to RNs and other members of the health care community indicating that individuals carrying out their duties related to MAiD in accordance with the directive will not be prosecuted. This directive also enables Nova Scotians seeking a medically assisted death to have access to the services and expertise of the full health care team. Please refer to a copy of the directive here for more information.

CRNNS is in the process of finalizing guidelines to support members through this most recent development and we look forward to sharing this information with stakeholders imminently. If you are an RN or an NP and have an urgent client care concern with respect to MAiD, please contact one of our Practice Consultants for assistance practice@crnns.ca or call 902-491-9744 (800-565-9744) ext. 250 or ext. 228. We also encourage you to stay tuned to our website and CRNNS emails for further developments.

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