posted June 20, 2016
An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) has been passed by Parliament. It received royal assent on June 17, 2016. Most of the Bill’s provisions came into force immediately.
CRNBC is currently updating the
RN Scope of Practice standard related to medical assistance in dying to align with the new law. We will email all nurses in B.C. once the revised version of this Scope standard is in place.
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 nurse practitioner continues to be limited to aiding in the provision of medical assistance in dying. NPs must not 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 medical assistance in dying.