ARNPEI Guidelines on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): Roles & Responsibilities for NPs & RNs (2017)

Over the past few years ARNPEI participated in many teleconferences and reviewed many documents about the role of the Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse in the provision of services related to Medical Assistance in Dying. In the past, ARNPEI made a decision not to publish information on the ARNPEI website and instead to refer members to call CNPS directly about questions related to MAID.
In 2016 ARNPEI’s annual fall conference focused on MAID with CNPS being the keynote speaker at the conference. Since that time ARNPEI has received calls from other disciplines requesting information on distinguishing the role of the RN and NP in MAID. With legislation now in place ARNPEI has developed Guidelines on MAID focusing on Roles and Responsibilities for the Nurse Practitioner & Registered Nurse. These guidelines provide direction to NPs and RNs about their role in participating in MAID.

ARNPEI‘s Guidelines reflect a summary of the Canadian Nurses Association document National Nursing Framework on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada, 2017, which ARNPEI believes provides a clear description of authority and responsibilities for NPs and RNs who may be considering whether to participate or to decline in the provision of MAID services on PEI. ARNPEI members must also adhere to employer policies and procedures before participating in MAID.