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End-of-life policies

In response to the article “End-of-life policies affect patients/RNs” (Nurse.com/Article/End-of-Life-Laws), I want to remind nurses that patients in Oregon who ask about physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity should receive information on how to contact the Compassion & Choices organization to help facilitate the request. These patients have a legal right to use medication to hasten their death. I have had too many patients who  literally ran out of time, because medical professionals assumed they knew what the patient was “really” asking and did not assist him in contacting this organization. Some of the obstacles for people are imposed by medical professionals. Let’s make sure we answer people’s questions and let them decide for themselves, rather than interjecting our biases.

— Amy Getter, MS, RN
Gleneden Beach, Ore.

By | 2015-08-25T14:29:09-04:00 August 25th, 2015|Categories: Nurses stories, Your Stories|0 Comments

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Sallie Jimenez
Sallie Jimenez is content manager for healthcare for Nurse.com published by Relias. She develops and edits content for the Nurse.com blog, which covers industry news and trends in the nursing profession and healthcare. She also develops content for the Nurse.com Digital Editions. She has more than 24 years of healthcare journalism, content marketing and editing experience.

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