Assisted Suicide: A Personal Decision & Nurse Advocating

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Assisted Suicide:
A Personal Decision & Nurse Advocating

Physician-assisted suicide is legal in some European countries and U.S. states. These regions are Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermount. Amongst various systematic reviews, the US states death range was 0.1%-0.2% and typically the individual was a well-educated male with cancer (Steck, Egger, Maessen, Reisch, & Zwahlen, 2013). Death with dignity is a new issue of compassion and personal choice. Hematological disease wear and tears the body apart, eventually the person. As an active healthcare advocate, a nurse should support for the right of the terminally ill people with unbearable suffering and have the support to control the time and manner of their death. We have to prevail one day against those zealots that inhibits the choices of others. Modern medicine has progressed in innovation and success to life-saving achievements. Medicine can always do more to to enhance the life of a patient, the dilemma is whether sacrificing the dignity or comfort of the terminally ill patient is necessary. Palliative care is a method to face loss of autonomy, but the reality it will not take away a terminal illness.
Patients that are unable to ambulate without assistance or lack the aptness to maintain a appropriate level of oxygen saturation. The inability to breath effectively or the ability to shallow without aspiration. Their functions further autonomously are reduced. The opposition requires maturity on another level, why make people suffer where alternatives are available. If those anti-choice zealots would take a day in the body of those that have a terminal illness, the mindset would definitely change. Pain is merely what the individual perceives it to be. Who has the right to make judgement to that? When an individual that is ultimately dying, why would someone not assist the individual with their concerns and wishes? Political influence leaves the fragile patients to choice frightening, lingering painful alternatives. A approach that is inhumane and similar terrain that influenced the rejection of abortion in the past.
As a professional nurse, one needs to have s stance on assisted suicide and the underlying issues that might arise from all sides of the multisided polygon. Assisted suicide poses a dilemma for nurses. The patient has the right for autonomy and the nurse ethical duty of care on the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence (Maher, 2012). One significant question
regarding nonmaleficence involves identifying what constitutes harm and how it can be avoided when some degree of risk is inherent to the practice of medicine (Friend, 2011). Interpretation is subjective, to do harm and to do good for the patient can be decoded in various modes like the text of the bible. In the autonomy of the patient the nurse will be doing harm if he/she does not advocate the wishes of the patient. Ultimately the patient will...

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