Feature ArticlesMedical Aid in Dying: What Every Nurse Needs to KnowRoy, Kaveri DNP, RN Author Information Kaveri Roy (she/her) is a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston. Contact author: [email protected]. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. A podcast with the author is available at www.ajnonline.com. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2022 - Volume 122 - Issue 3 - p 30-37 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000822660.87763.45 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Associated Multimedia The number of U.S. states legalizing medical aid in dying for patients with terminal diseases and survival prognoses of six months or less is increasing. At press time, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized such aid. But because terminal illnesses without clear prognoses are not covered under these laws, some patients are forced to seek medical aid in dying outside the country. The nurse's role regarding aid in dying is poorly defined, and must be clarified. Currently, nurses and other providers have many misconceptions and fears about providing patients and families with the relevant education. Nurses need to have accurate knowledge and understanding of aid in dying, so they can advocate for those requesting this option; ensure equitable access; and provide them with guidance, support, and resources. An interdisciplinary approach is essential. This article provides background information on aid in dying in the United States, discusses the nurse's role, offers an illustrative case report, and addresses nursing implications. The author provides an overview of aid in dying in the United States—offering an illustrative case report that highlights the struggles of one patient and his family—and discusses the nurse's role and nursing implications. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.