Assisted Suicide: Implications for Nurses and Nursing
Daly, Barbara J.
Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.
Nursing Outlook. 1997 Sep-Oct; 45(5): 209-214.
Assisted suicide is an issue of great importance to nurses. This issue reflects our values and beliefs as a society, calls for a clear and precise response as a profession, and challenges individual nurses to think about their own moral views. The history of the debate and the compelling moral arguments on both sides attest to the complexity of the issue and also suggest that it will not soon be resolved. The current position of the profession, as expressed in the ANA Code for Nurses and a specific position statement, were reviewed. The dilemma faced by the individual nurse who perceives an obligation to adhere to the guidelines specified by his or her profession's code and yet whose conscience dictates an act in violation of this code has been discussed as an instance of conscientious objection. While this analysis has been necessarily brief, it was intended to illustrate the importance of being clear about one's personal moral views and equally clear about one's duty to fulfil the obligations stemming from the profession's public statements. It is essential that the profession continue to explore the moral issues involved in requests for assistance in dying and provide additional guidelines for practicing nurses, with sound rationale for the profession's position.
Active Euthanasia; Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Autonomy; Beneficence; Conscience; Ethics; Euthanasia; Guidelines; Knowledge; Legal Aspects; Moral Policy; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurse's Role; Nurses; Nursing Ethics; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Right to Die; Suicide; Terminal Care; Values; Vulnerable Populations;
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