Nurses wrestle with ethical questions on MAID

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A new UBCO School of Nursing study examines how nurses and nurse practitioners deal with the ethical issue of medically assisted death.

Whatever your perspective on Canada’s evolving legislation on medical assistance in dying (MAID), actually putting the law into practice is often where ethical dilemmas arise.

This is especially true for the health-care professionals who provide it. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners, in particular, play a large role in medically assisted death. Until recently, their experiences have not been well documented.

Dr. Barb Pesut, Professor in UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing, recently led a study that describes how nurses are wrestling with the moral complexities of implementing current and future MAID legislation.

“Changes in legislation require changes in practice on the ground,” says Dr. Pesut. “It is important that those affected by those changes have a voice.”

Read the full story here: UBC Okanagan News