Assisted Dying in Canada – Is Nursing Ready?

by Admin on April 6, 2016

in Educational Opportunities


Friday, June 10, 2016

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Course Description
The legal, ethical, and political landscape related to end of life care is changing rapidly in Canada following the Supreme Court decision in 2015 which struck down the prohibition against physician assisted dying. The Province of Quebec has enacted Bill 52 – An Act respecting end-of-life care – and the first Canadians to receive medical aid in dying in Canada were announced in Quebec in January 2016.

Given the evolution of medically aided dying in Canada, are nurses prepared, competent and ready for the changing care needs of patients who wish to end their lives in the face of irremediable health conditions that cause enduring suffering? What will be the evolving role of nursing in end of life care? What added responsibilities will nurse practitioners have? What part will nursing play in resolving the challenges and controversies related to implementation of medically aided end of life care?

This course will address the history, language and core concepts related to medically assisted dying; and the emerging legislation and regulations in Canada and internationally that will impact nursing practice. The current realities and professional implications for nursing will be explored with emphasis on the ethical conflicts that may occur, required competencies, and nursing leadership.

Program Learning Objectives
At the completion of the course, participants should be able to:

Describe the history of the debates surrounding medically assisted dying in Canada and the core concepts used to define its practice.
Recognize the current controversies in the implementation of medically assisted dying in Canada.
Describe the range of legislative and regulatory approaches to medically assisted dying in Canada and internationally, and implications for nursing practice
Identify the range of nursing competencies required in end of life care and how this may evolve in the future.
Differentiate between personal, professional and organizational values in relation to end of life care.
Recognize nursing leadership implications for preparing and supporting nurses engaged in end of life care within the context of medially assisted dying.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and other professionals who wish to learn more and explore the issues related to medical assistance in dying.

The Centre for Professional Development at Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto is pleased to offer this program.

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