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Assisted Suicide/Aid in Dying

What Is the Nurse's Role?

Hamric, Ann B., PhD, RN, FAAN; Schwarz, Judith K., PhD, RN; Cohen, Lewis, MD; Mahon, Margaret, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FPCN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: May 2018 - Volume 118 - Issue 5 - p 50–59
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000532831.78142.40
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This article presents the discussion that occurred during a policy dialogue on aid in dying (AID) presented at the American Academy of Nursing's annual conference in October 2016. Panelists explored the arguments for and against the growing state expansion of AID legislation, and the role for nurses in assisting patients who request AID. Recommendations are offered and four expert commentaries respond to the points raised.

This article presents the panel discussion that occurred during a policy dialogue on aid in dying (AID) at the American Academy of Nursing*s annual conference in 2016. The discussion explored the arguments for and against the growing state expansion of AID legislation, and the role of nurses in assisting patients who request AID.

Ann B. Hamric is a professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Judith K. Schwarz is clinical director at End of Life Choices New York in New York City. Lewis Cohen is a consultation psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School–Baystate in Springfield. Margaret Mahon is an NP with the Pain and Palliative Care Service at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Contact author: Ann B. Hamric, abhamric@vcu.edu. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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