Nurses are not required to participate in medical assistance in dying if it is in conflict with their moral beliefs and values. The amended Criminal Code of Canada does not impose any obligation for NPs or registered nurses to participate in or aid in medical assistance in dying.
If you are asked to aid in any aspect of lawful medical assistance in dying and choose not to participate due to conscientious objection, lack of skill or other reasons, you must immediately:
In treatment and in care, nurses work with persons receiving care to take into account their values, customs and spiritual beliefs without judgment or bias.
The issue of ending life may raise ethical considerations and may generate differences of opinion. Because clients may make choices that challenge or conflict with the moral values of health professionals who care for them, it is necessary to recognize the rights of all persons with conflicting views within the care team. Nurses need to respect their own moral beliefs, while at the same time respecting the moral beliefs of others.
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