Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Canada
The key ethical concern to discuss is autonomy
The aim of this paper is to explore the ethical considerations with a contemporary ethical issue that impacts nursing practice and to examine and critique how nursing can be involved in either perpetuating or addressing the ethics of the issue to promote social justice.
Please use three peer-reviewed journal articles from the ethics literature and additional sources to support your writing such as the CNO standards.
You are also be required to find one Canadian media source that demonstrated the public understanding of this issue.
The paper must use APA 6th edition formatting 8 pages length (including the references or title page).
Different nations across the globe have legalized medical assistance dying (MAID). Defines as physician-assisted death MAID has gained significant attention in the last decade. The legalization of MAID in the Netherlands was done in the year 2018. The legalization was also evident in Canada, Switzerland, Colombia, Luxembourg, and several states in the USA (Spence, Blanke, Keating & Taylor, 2017). In Canada, medical assistance dying was legalized in the year 2016, following the amendment of the Criminal Code Act that exempted physicians from engaging in assisted suicide (Beuthin, Bruce & Scaia, 2018). The changes made on the act indicated that physicians and nursing practitioners are allowed to provide MAID though they are bound by the laws of the land, codes of ethics, and professional standards of practice (Li et al., 2017). The issues of eligibility for MAID and ethical concerns has remained debatable overtime with different views being presented on the role of medical practitioners in MAID to assure adherence to the set code of ethics. This paper presents a discussion on the ethical issue of concern in MAID, focusing specifically on autonomy. Analysis of the ethical issue based on the utilitarianism theory of ethics, scholarly literature and media is also presented. The paper also explores the nursing role in MAID and the suitable ethical actions that need to be undertaken to resolve the issue of autonomy.
Ethical Concern: Autonomy