Legalization of medical assistance in dying have bestowed major role in the nursing practitioners in the country..
In the last five years, the Canadian approach to end-of-life treatment decisions has changed significantly. These changes, including the legalization of medical assistance in dying have bestowed major role in the nursing practitioners in the country. According to the Canadian Nurses Association (2017) nurses have a vital role in providing quality end-of-life patient care to all persons. For patients seeking MAID, nurses have a major role in identifying and alleviating the factors that may prompt such decision. The nurses have the role of establishing whether the requests are from the pain, fear or anxiety experienced by the patient or step from unmet needs that could be addressed by adequate care alleviate suffering (Canadian Nurses Association, 2017). The nurses also have the role of providing competent and safe ethical care to the patient and the family. This includes the provision of information on alternative end-of-life treatments including palliative care.