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Standards, limits and conditions for medical assistance in dying

Part 5: Medical assistance in dying

Standards

  1. Registered nurses respond with empathy, in a professional and non-judgmental way, when approached by a client with a request about medical assistance in dying
  2. Registered nurses listen carefully and explore the client’s reason for requesting medical assistance in dying
  3. Registered nurses ensure that a client has access to the information that the client requires to understand all of their options and to make informed decisions about medical assistance in dying or other end-of-life options such as palliative care
  4. Registered nurses assess the cultural and spiritual needs and wishes of the person seeking medical assistance in dying and explore ways the person’s needs could be met within the context of the care delivery
  5. Registered nurses work with their organizations and other members of the health care team to ensure that the person requesting medical assistance receives high quality, coordinated and uninterrupted continuity of care and, if needed, safe transfer of the client’s care to another health care provider

Limits and Conditions

  • Registered nurses may only aid in the provision of medical assistance in dying and do not prescribe, compound, dispense or administer substances specifically intended for the purpose of providing medical assistance in dying
  • Registered nurses do not direct or counsel clients to end their lives
  • Registered nurses may aid a person requesting medical assistance in dying only as permitted under the Criminal Code and other legislation, regulations and regulatory college standards, court decisions and provincial and organizational policy and procedures
  • Registered nurses may aid a health professional authorized to provide a person with medical assistance in dying only as permitted under the Criminal Code and other legislation, regulations and regulatory college standards, court decisions and provincial and organizational policy and procedures
  • Registered nurses who aid in the provision of medical assistance in dying must successfully complete additional education and follow an established decision support tool
  • Registered nurses do not aid in the provision of medical assistance in dying for a family member

Applying the standards for medical assistance in dying

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