Guidance from Royal College of Nursing: ‘When someone asks for your assistance to die’

Last week the Royal College of Nursing issued guidance for nurses and health care assistants (HCAs) on how to approach assisted suicide requests from patients.

The guidance is gives security with respect to the responsibilities nurses and HCAs have to work within the law. The guidance is clear about discussing end of life issues whilst ensuring that no pressure is applied to patients and no agenda is pushed.  It makes it clear that assisting someone to commit suicide is illegal and that nurses and HCAs should act ‘in a manner that as far as possible empowers and supports people to live well until they die.’

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