Physician Assisted Suicide


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Physician Assisted Suicide
Physician assisted suicide (PAS) has sparked many controversial professional debates raising ethical questions about whether it is a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ approach. PAS involves a physician purposely helping a patient at their request to terminate his or her life (Gielen, van den Branden & Broeckaert, 2009). In physician assisted suicide the patient receives a prescribed legal dose of medication from a physician to hasten the death process. The nurse’s role in PAS is critical in nursing practice. Nurses in palliative care support the administration of medication to ease the pain as well as the distressing symptoms that patients experience with terminal illnesses. PAS requests by patients place nurses in ethical...
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