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Released June 6, 2016, updated June 17, 2016

Medical Assistance in Dying:
What Every Nurse Should Know

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada suspended the operation of its declaration in Carter v. Canada permitting physician-assisted death until June 6, 2016 to allow the government to respond to its decision.

The federal government has since drafted Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), which will become the law governing medical assistance in dying [“MAID”] (also referred to as physician-assisted death) in Canada. Bill C-14 has been passed by the House of Commons and Senate and will become law when it receives Royal Assent. Please check back for further updates on the status of Bill C-14.

What does this mean for nurses in Canada? Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care. There are two scenarios to consider, for nurse practitioners [“NPs”] and registered nurses [“RNs”]:

 For nurse practitioners:

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for NPs?

2)  Once or if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for NPs?

For registered nurses (and other nursing professions):

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for RNs?

2)  Once or if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for RNs?

General Q & A:  More answers to some pressing questions*

 

* If you have more questions that are not addressed in this briefing, please send them to info@cnps.ca, and we will include the answers in an updated version.

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Released June 6, 2016, updated June 17, 2016

Medical Assistance in Dying:
What Every Nurse Should Know

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada suspended the operation of its declaration in Carter v. Canada permitting physician-assisted death until June 6, 2016 to allow the government to respond to its decision.

The federal government has since drafted Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying), which will become the law governing medical assistance in dying [“MAID”] (also referred to as physician-assisted death) in Canada. Bill C-14 has been passed by the House of Commons and Senate and will become law when it receives Royal Assent. Please check back for further updates on the status of Bill C-14.

What does this mean for nurses in Canada? Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care. There are two scenarios to consider, for nurse practitioners [“NPs”] and registered nurses [“RNs”]:

 For nurse practitioners:

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for NPs?

2)  Once or if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for NPs?

For registered nurses (and other nursing professions):

1)  Since Bill C-14 did NOT pass into law by June 6, 2016, what does this mean for RNs?

2)  Once or if Bill C-14 becomes law, what does this mean for RNs?

General Q & A:  More answers to some pressing questions*

 

* If you have more questions that are not addressed in this briefing, please send them to info@cnps.ca, and we will include the answers in an updated version.

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