On June 17, 2016,
Bill C-14 became law. The Criminal Code of Canada has now been amended to allow a person to request and receive, under limited circumstances, a substance intended to end their life.
The registered nurse (RN) role is limited to aiding in the provision of medical assistance in dying (MAiD). RNs who are considering whether to aid in the provision of MAiD need to confer with their employer and are encouraged to seek the guidance of the
Canadian Nurses Protective Society.
RNs considering aiding in the provision of MAiD must follow the
RN Scope of practice standard that establishes standards, limits and conditions for RNs aiding in the provision of MAiD.
The CRNBC Board on July 27, 2016 approved and put into immediate effect standards, limits and conditions related to the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in determining eligibility for and providing medical assistance in dying (MAiD). These standards, limits and conditions have been incorporated into the
NP Scope of Practice document, beginning on page 36.
With these changes, NPs are now recognized as having the following role in medical assistance in dying:
In addition to meeting CRNBC’s Standards of Practice,
NPs are expected
work with their employer(s) to ensure they meet all relevant agency policies and standards related to the provision of medical assistance in dying.
CRNBC continues to work closely with our provincial counterparts and stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, Vital Statistics, BC Health Authorities, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, and the College of Pharmacists of BC as we each carry out our respective roles related to implementing standards, protocols and safe approaches for providing and aiding medical assistance in dying.
In addition, the provincial government has passed a regulation which requires that
all MAiD deaths be reported to the BC Coroners Service. The role of the BC Coroners Service will be to ensure compliance with the federal and provincial laws and regulations, and also to gather information about MAiD deaths in BC for aggregate reporting purposes.
Speak to a regulatory practice consultant