posted June 23, 2016
On June 17, 2016,
Bill C-14 became law. The Criminal Code of Canada has now been amended to allow a person to request and receive, under limited circumstances, a substance intended to end their life.
The registered nurse (RN) role is limited to aiding in the provision of medical assistance in dying (MAiD). RNs being asked to aid in the provision of MAiD need to confer with their employer and are encouraged to seek the guidance of the
Canadian Nurses Protective Society.
CRNBC has today posted the
revised RN Scope of practice standard that establishes standards, limits and conditions for RNs aiding in the provision of MAiD. We encourage all nurses to review this document carefully.
As anticipated, the new law includes provisions enabling nurse practitioners (NPs) to provide MAiD, subject to the same legislated requirements as physicians.
For now, the role of a NP in British Columbia continues to be limited to aiding in the provision of medical assistance in dying.
NPs must not determine eligibility for or provide medical assistance in dying until CRNBC provides further notice.
We are currently working with our partners, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the Ministry of Health, the College of Pharmacists of BC and the Health Authorities to put in place standards, limits and conditions to support NPs' role in the provision of MAiD.