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Authors

  1. Pesut, Barbara PhD, RN
  2. Thorne, Sally PhD, RN
  3. Greig, Madeleine MSN, RN
  4. Fulton, Adam BScN
  5. Janke, Robert MLIS
  6. Vis-Dunbar, Mathew MLIS

Abstract

The conceptualization of assisted death as an act performed by physicians has resulted in a lack of attention to nurses' roles and experiences with the processes that surround an assisted death. In this article, we synthesize evidence from 6 articles focusing on the experiences of 55 nurses from Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, with relevant ethical and policy implications derived from the literature. Nurses have a central role in negotiating inquiries about assisted death and in providing wraparound care for patients, families, and other health care providers. This role is impactful for nurses and requires significant personal and professional moral work.