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Update: Medical Assistance in Dying Guidelines for Nurses

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2016

Update: Medical Assistance in Dying Guidelines for Nurses

While Carter is silent on the role of nurses in medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and we await federal legislation, the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has issued a directive providing greater clarity about the involvement of RNs, NPs and LPNs, as well as other members of the health care team.

The directive, issued June 16th, 2016, confirms that nurses who participate in physician assisted dying, under the direction of a physician, will not be prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service. Nurses are expected to practise in accordance with the directive, the attached guidelines, their governing legislation, standards of practice, and codes of ethics.

In recognition of the rapidly changing situation, we have updated our resource, Medical Assistance in Dying: A Guideline for Nurses, 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 are committed to providing all of our stakeholders with updates regarding 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 practice@crnns.ca or calling 902-491-9744 (toll-free 800-565-9744).

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